Thursday, July 20, 2006

Where is Mr Jimmy?

Minnetonka scenes is blogged regularly about the Rolling Stones visit to Excelsior.
Here is a local Stones expert's story, and what has become a popular local urban legend:

On 6/12/64, the Rolling Stones played a concert at Danceland in Excelsior, Minnesota during their first ever US tour. At the time they were a little-known band, performed poorly and drunkenly, and got booed off the stage.

During this visit (in fact, the next morning), Mick went into Bacon Drug Store, an Excelsior store with a soda fountain, to get a prescription filled. Jimmy Hutmaker, a.k.a. "Mr. Jimmy", a "local color" guy who had met Mick at the concert then night before, and who has some mental difficulties (although is pretty lucid most days--he still wanders the streets of Excelsior every day visiting with everyone he meets, he's now around 75), was in the store in line in front of Mick at the moment, ordering a cherry coke. Problem--they were out of cherry juice. So the guy behind the counter gave Mr. Jimmy a regular coke. Jimmy shrugged his shoulders, turned around to Mick, and commented that, "You can't always get what you want"--and a mega-hit was born.

This version of the song's origin is confirmed by both Mr. Jimmy and the pharmacist who made Jimmy the soda. The references in the song to Mr. Jimmy, Mick's prescription, a cherry coke, and others, are all believed to refer to this encounter. In fact, most people familiar with the story believe that there is no reference to Chelsea Drugstore in the song--it's just a misheard reference to Excelsior Drugstore (the middle two syllables of "Excelsior" sound a lot like "Chelsea", hence the misunderstanding).

--Bill Verkuilen
Brooklyn Park, MN

Minnetonkascenes says... "You can't always get what you want" was written much later (3 years). The Stones were still writing "Under my thumb' and "Tell me" when they played in Excelsior.

Where is Mr. Jimmy? I have not seen him lately.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

We called him "the mayor" when we played ball in Excelsior and he would visit with us.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

Hello, my name is Julia Smith. I am a writer for the Orono High School newspaper- The Spartan Speaks. I am currently writing an article on Mr. Jimmy and The Rolling Stones connection, and I was wondering if you have any other information you could give me, or if i could possibly get Bill Verkuilen's e-mail address or phone number so i could get some more information or get an interview. My deadline is next friday (November 16th), so please try to reach me by then.
Thank you, I hope to hear back from you.

Julia Smith

10:49 AM  
Blogger Zarney said...

Sadly, Mr. Jimmy passed away on October 3, 2007. He's been missed by many but remembered by all.

5:33 PM  
Anonymous Rolling Stoners said...

A tribute event for the 50th anniversary of the stones visit to Minnetonka. Same date & same place!


7:34 PM  
Blogger DMAndersonPhD said...

Why is anyone surprised that the song came out 3 years after the original inspiration? That is a highly instrumented song for the Stones, french horns and all. As a songwriter myself, three years from inspiration to perfection seems about right. Bands often develop their songs on the road for several years.

1:17 AM  
Blogger minnetonkafelix said...

Good point DMA

5:38 AM  
Blogger رضا رمضان said...

خدماتنا متميزة عن غيرنا في مجال التسريبات سربات المياه والعوزال وحل بطرق سليمة دون التدمير فعندنا في شركة ركن البيت افضل يوجد افضل الفنين الممتزين في مجال التسربات والكشف عنها بدون اي مشاكل من خلال الطاقم التي تم تدريبه في شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالدمام فتعاملك معنا ستحصل علي خدمات متميزة

شركة كشف تسربات المياه بجدة
شركة كشف تسربات بجدة
شركة عزل خزانات بالرياض
شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض

شركة كشف تسربات بالدمام
شركة كشف تسربات بالرياض
شركة كشف تسربات المياه بالرياض
كشف تسربات المياه

12:08 PM  

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