Great photo on the front page of The Guardian this morning: the Stones, grizzled and weatherbeaten like ancient trees still standing. They’re pictured outside a mock-up of the Marquee Club in a shot by photographer Rankin. It was there, on 12 July 1962, that ‘Mick Jagger and the Rollin’ Stones’ played their first gig - Jagger, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones, with Dick Taylor on bass, Mick Avory on drums, and Ian Stewart playing piano. There’s more about the historic night in this article from The Guardian.
A year later, their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’ was released, to be followed by the Lennon–McCartney number ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ and Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’.