Tag Archives: Keith Richards

“Johnny B. Goode”

31 Mar

The guy with the new guitar sound and great rock and roll lyrics, Chuck Berry, released the rock and roll anthem “Johnny B. Goode” on March 31, 1958. Rolling Stone magazine placed it at #1 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.




How many bands covered this after the fact?

The Stones Second Single “I Wanna Be Your Man”

1 Nov

I Wanna Be Your Man is a Lennon–McCartney-composition that was recorded separately by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The Rolling Stones’ version was released a few weeks earlier on November 1. The song was primarily written by Paul McCartney, and finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking.[1]  

It seems that John and Paul got Mick and Keith into writing songs with this simple verse chorus single.


Get Off My Cloud

25 Sep

Single by The Rolling Stones
from the album December’s Children (And Everybody’s)
B-side I’m Free” (US)
The Singer Not the Song” (UK)
Released 25 September 1965 (US)
22 October 1965 (UK)
Format 7″ single
Recorded 6–7 September 1965, RCA Studios, Hollywood

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was recorded in early September 1965. The song is noted for its drum intro by Charlie Watts and twin guitars by Brian Jones and Keith Richards.[2] The lyrics are defiant and rebellious, which was common practice for the Rolling Stones around that time; they were beginning to cultivate their infamous “bad boy” image. The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of “Satisfaction”. The song deals with their aversion to people’s expectations of them.

In the 2003 book According to… The Rolling Stones, Richards says: “‘Get off of My Cloud’ was basically a response to people knocking on our door asking us for the follow-up to ‘Satisfaction’… We thought, ‘At last. We can sit back and maybe think about events.’ Suddenly there’s the knock at the door and of course what came out of that was ‘Get off of My Cloud’.

The Riots Start

24 Jul

On July 24, 1964, a riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire. Keith Richards noticed a man with his hands on the stage exhorting the crowd to spit, and warned him, but the spitting continued. Richards is then reported to have  kicked him in the face, whereupon some of the 7000 fans in attendance started fighting. This caused over £4,000 in damage. Blackpool City Council later voted to ban the Stones from playing in the city. Forty four years later, the 2008 council voted to lift the ban, but a spokesman for the group said they had no plans to return.

Fifty years ago today, the Rolling Stones play their first gig!

12 Jul

Fifty years ago today, the Rolling Stones play their first gig at London’s Marquee Club. Mick JaggerKeith Richards and Brian Jones are there. On bass and drums are Dick Taylor and Mick Avory respectively, rather than eventual Stones Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Also, Ian Stewart plays piano. Christopher Sandford, the band’s biographer, charts this time here. Rolling Stone magazine talks about the Stones returning to the Marquee to mark this anniversary here.

However, the party will roll on into next year. “The Stones always really considered 1963 to be 50 years, because Charlie [Watts] didn’t actually join until January,” Keith Richards told RS earlier this year. “We look upon 2012 as sort of the year of conception, but the birth is next year.”

The soon to be “original” Rolling Stones; Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Brian Jones.