The song was recorded in December at the RCA Records studio in Hollywood, California, where the group recorded most of their — hits. At first, Oldham asked them to hold his earphones while he snapped his fingers but then Johns said they needed a more wooden sound. The policemen suggested their truncheons and Mick Jagger took the truncheons into the studio to record the claves-like sound that can be heard during the quiet break at one minute 40 seconds into the song. In the United States, the single was released in January  and became the opening track of the American edition of the Stones' album Between the Buttons. Both songs entered the Billboard Hot singles chart on 21 January.