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The Rolling Stones release their first album.

16 Apr

The Rolling Stones is the debut album by the Rolling Stones, released by Decca Records in the UK on 16 April 1964.

The Rolling Stones became one of 1964’s biggest sellers in the UK, staying at #1 for twelve weeks.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. Route 66” (Bobby Troup) 2:20
2. I Just Want to Make Love to You” (Willie Dixon) 2:17
3. “Honest I Do” (Jimmy Reed) 2:09
4. Mona (I Need You Baby)” (Ellas McDaniel) 3:33
5. “Now I’ve Got a Witness (Like Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene)” (Nanker Phelge) 2:29
6. Little by Little” (Phelge/Phil Spector) 2:39
Side two
No. Title Length
7. I’m a King Bee” (Slim Harpo) 2:35
8. Carol” (Chuck Berry) 2:33
9. Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” (Mick Jagger/Keith Richards) 4:05
10. Can I Get a Witness” (Brian Holland/Lamont Dozier/Eddie Holland) 2:55
11. “You Can Make It If You Try” (Ted Jarrett) 2:01
12. Walking the Dog” (Rufus Thomas) 3:10


The Rolling Stones
Additional musicians

About half of the songs can be found here.


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.


The Rolling Stones Appear again on Ed Sullivan

11 Sep

On September 11, 1966 The Ed Sullivan Show opened the new fall season with a “really BIG show,” starring jazz trumpeter/vocalist Louis Armstrong on Ed Sullivan, comedienne Joan Rivers on Ed Sullivan and returning for their fourth appearance, The Rolling Stones. Despite the multiple appearances by the rockers, Ed Sullivan still had his rules. Joan Rivers recalls, “I was in the dressing room next to The Rolling Stones, and I remember he insisted they get their hair washed—and he was right. And they got their hair washed.”

Following dress rehearsal, the group also had been warned not to leave the studio before show time; but they didn’t listen and on their return were chased by a mob of fans who actually broke a glass door trying to follow the band back into CBS’s Studio 50 on Broadway. That evening, The Stones performed “Paint It, Black” from their new album Aftermath. For this rendition, Brian Jones played the song’s signature riff on sitar, sitting Indian style. The crowd loved the performance and even Ed told the crowd, “You’re yelling much better this year.” The band also performed their hits “Lady Jane” and “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?”

“Hot town summer in the city..”

13 Aug

Summer in the City is a song recorded by The Lovin’ Spoonful, written by Mark Sebastian (brother of John Sebastian) and Steve Boone. It appeared on their album Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful, and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1966.[1] The song features a series of car horns during the instrumental bridge, starting with a Volkswagen Beetle horn, and ends up with a jackhammer sound, in order to give the impression of the sounds of the summer in the city. The song is ranked number 401 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[2] “Summer in the City” tops the charts for three weeks, displacing “Wild Thing,” by the Troggs.

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.

Like a Rolling Stone

20 Jul

That first drum shot is what seals it. “The first time I heard Bob Dylan,” Bruce Springsteen said in 1989, inducting Dylan into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame, “I was in the car with my mother listening to WMCA, and on came that snare shot that sounded like somebody had kicked open the door to your mind.”

Bob Dylan’s epic “Like A Rolling Stone” is released. It will soon get to #2 behind “Help” by the Beatles.

When the single was released, on July 20 1965, copies serviced to radio stations cut the song in half and spread it over both sides of a red vinyl 45, giving them the option of airing only the first three minutes, thus preserving their normal song-to-commercial ratios. Dylan demanded that Like a Rolling Stone play through, and soon a new pressing replaced the first – but when the song first appeared on the radio, three minutes was all you heard, with the fade sounding fake, as if something was missing. When the word spread that something was, stations were hammered by callers demanding all six minutes, and six minutes was what they got. And then, it seemed, that was all your station played.

“They cut it in half for the disc jockeys,” explained Dylan at a press conference in San Francisco in December 1965. “If anybody was interested they could just turn it over and listen to what really happens.”

Greil Marcus adds to the mythology of “Like a Rolling Stone”.

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.