Today is a big day for modern music and pop culture.
I will write about first appearance of musical royalty, The Rolling Stones ladies and gentlemen. So buckle up and get ready for quick ride through career of probably one of the biggest band in history.
On this day 1962. The Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. Their material included the Chicago blues as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs.
The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who left in 1975. Since then Ronnie Wood has been on guitar in tandem with Richards.
After their first couple of shows the band signed a contract with manager Andrew Loog Oldham, and Deca Records record label. They gave the Rolling Stones a recording contract with very favourable terms. They got three times a new act’s typical royalty rate, full artistic control of recordings, and ownership of the recording masters.
Oldham promoted the Rolling Stones as the nasty opposites of the Beatles by having the band pose unsmiling on the cover of the first UK album. He also encouraged the press to use provocative headlines such as “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?”
A cover of Chuck Berry’s “Come On” was the Rolling Stones’ first single, that rise No.21 on the UK singles charts.
Their first international number 1 hit was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, recorded in May 1965 during the band’s North American tour. Issued in the US in June 1965, it spent four weeks at the top of the charts there, establishing the Rolling Stones as a worldwide premier act.
The end of 1968 saw the filming of The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. It featured John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Dirty Mac, The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull and Taj Mahal. The footage was shelved for twenty-eight years but was finally released officially in 1996.
1978, the band released Some Girls (UK No. 2; US No. 1), which included the hit single “Miss You”, the country ballad “Far Away Eyes”, “Beast of Burden”, and “Shattered”. In part as a response to punk, many songs were fast, basic, guitar-driven rock and roll, and the album’s success re-established the Rolling Stones’ immense popularity among young people. Following the US Tour 1978, the band guested on the first show of the fourth season of the TV series Saturday Night Live. The group did not tour Europe the following year, breaking the routine of touring Europe every three years that the band had followed since 1967.
In early 1989, the Rolling Stones, including Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart (posthumously), were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jagger and Richards set aside animosities and went to work on a new Rolling Stones album that would be called Steel Wheels (UK 2; US 3). Heralded as a return to form, it included the singles “Mixed Emotions” (US No. 5) and “Rock and a Hard Place” (US No. 23).
The Rolling Stones celebrated their 50th anniversary in the summer of 2012 by releasing a large hardback book titled 50. A new take on the band’s lip-and-tongue logo, designed by Shepard Fairey, was also released and used during the celebrations.
In February 2014, the band has embarked on the “14 On Fire” tour spanning Middle East, Asia, Australia and Europe due to last until Summer 2014.
Well this was my little homage to true legends of music. I mean they are not my favorite bend but I have huge respect for them and their legacy in music and the entire history of 20. century.
Is there any big fan of The Rolling Stones between you my readers? 🙂
Little note. I didn’t want to write about all scandals connected with the band and its members because for me the music is all that matters and in that field Rolling Stones are still kicking great 🙂
Have a great 12.07.2014.