|The Rolling Stones on stage, 1972|
This past month marks a couple of milestones in the life of the "greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world", the Rolling Stones.
First, Mick Jagger turned 68 this past week.
Also, (and more importantly) on July 12th, 1962 the band played their first gig billed as "The Rollin' Stones" at the Marquee Club, located at 165 Oxford Street, London, England. The line-up was Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards and Brian Jones on guitars, Ian Stewart on piano, Dick Taylor on bass and Tony Chapman on drums.
Later on, they would add Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.
They would also drop Brian Jones due to legal and health issues.
|The Glimmer Twins|
When Jones left, the Stones' musical output came back to the heavy blues/country/rock influence, leaving behind the psychedelia that Jones loved.
Following the departure and death of Jones, Jagger and Richards became the heart and soul (or as Richards later described, "Mick is the 'rock' and I'm the 'roll'") of the band and of the late '60's/early '70's rock scene.
What follows are 4 songs each from my 4 favorite Stones albums (Beggar's Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St.)