You know, as a general rule, I've always found the meme (sorry) that rock-and-roll is about white kids ripping off black music blah blah blah at best a little simplistic. And in the case of The Rolling Stones, in particular, more than a little silly. There's no question, IMHO, that some of the Stones' blues and r&b covers are at least as good as the originals, and in some cases improvements or genuinely inspired reimaginings.
In this case, however, uh, no.
From September of 1964, here's the Stones' big hit single version of "Time is On My Side."
And from a month earlier, here's the not such a big hit version by r&b belter Irma Thomas. (Actually, it was the B-side to Thomas' "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is.")
I love the Stones version and always have, but having just discovered the Thomas -- the production of which alone qualifies it as a work of genius (those kettle drums, for heavens sake) -- I gotta say that Mick and company really sound like the whey-faced Brit kids that they were by comparison.