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’.

8 thoughts on “Rolling Stones at fifty: Not Fade Away

  1. Thanks Gerry! Also check out the full 5 minutes of their first Pathe News clip, including all of Around and Around played in Hull, on the Guardian site;

    You might like Paul Sexton’s curation of their music on BBC Radio6 as part of The Stones on The Stones.
    There are no obvious choices and a number of obscure picks. I think you can tell that Paul Sexto prefers the grungy churn of their Ron Wood sound to the melodic counter-point of the Mick Taylor years but it is an unusually excellent selection and he plays the tracks in full! Respect :-)

  2. HI, a quick look in the mirror and I guess I am not getting any younger either! Still Rock and Roll takes its toll. I remember seeing them at Earls Court around 1975 (Black and Blue Tour?) Thanks for the reminder, Andy.

  3. great band :) Ron Wood is brill but Ronnie is a one man band in some respects; my fave lineup was the Mick Taylor foil to Keith’s growl. Such a shame Brian Jones never went on to form his own band but there are so many ‘could have been’ scenarios in roch’n’roll i guess

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