They are the longest performing and lasting band of all time as well as considered to be the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band. These legends go by the name The Rolling Stones or just The Stones.
It all happened 54 years ago in London when five ordinary guys came together to form a rock n’ roll band. Funny enough two of the band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had met ten years earlier in primary school. It was 1960 when Jagger and Richards ran into each other and bonded over the love of American R&B and Blues as well as having a mutual friend in guitarist Dick Taylor. Soon enough Richards had joined the band Jagger and Taylor were in called the Blues Boys. During this time a blues band, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, had made it onto the blues scene and gave experience to future band member Brian Jones. Eventually Jones started his own Blues Inc. band with drummer Charlie Watts. As a side project Jagger and Richards began to jam with Jones which lead to Jagger being featured as the singer of Blues Inc.
Now in a side project we had Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards along with drummer Tony Chapman jammin’ so hard that they decided to make a demo tape and send it to EMI Records; unfortunately for EMI they rejected the demo. Things get a little confusing and Taylor leaves to go to the Royal College of Art and the guys officially form a band and call themselves the Rolling Stones in honor of a Muddy Waters song.
The Rolling Stones played their first show at the Marquee on July 12, 1962. In case you were wondering this version of the Rolling Stones included Jagger, Jones, Richards, Taylor (he came back), and Mick Avory who was on drums. Once again things got confusing when both Avory and Taylor were replaced by Tony Chapman and Bill Wyman who then Chapman himself was replaced by Charlie Watts. Soon after the Rolling Stones had an eight month residency at the Crawdaddy Club where they saw much success! New manager Andrew Oldham took advantage of the Beatles sensation and marketed the Rolling Stones as the Beatles complete opposite. It apparently worked because their first single titled Come On reached #21 on the British music chart. Their second single, I wanna Be Your Man, was written by their “nemesis’” Paul McCartney and John Lennon and it happened to make it to the Top 15 on the charts.
The Rolling Stones’ third single, a remake of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away, was released a month after their second in January of 1964. Number three saw even more success with it literally making #3 on the British Charts and crossing over to the U.S. at #48. At this point it was safe to say that the Rolling Stones were officially a British sensation. A few months later in April they released their first album. Shortly after that they went on their first American tour which so happened to be a huge success. They had their first #1 hit with their cover of It’s All Over Now. The Stones continued to release music with the Five by Five EP that they recorded in Chicago. Popular seemed to be an understatement when describing the band seeing that the U.S. banning of their song Little Red Rooster led to riots. Hit after hit was produced and the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band was in full swing.