England in the early Sixties was full of pint-up excitement.
The older-generation, caught up in nostalgia for war, Empire and rationing, were about to be pushed aside by a younger age group who had just escaped National Service, (a compulsory period of service in the armed force) and beaten the threat of annihilation during the Cuban missile crisis. The young where determined to celebrate.
They had money to spend during a period of full employment and a great proportion of their wages was spent of pop records, mostly imported from America, the land which invented teenage culture.
But rock'n'roll, the great American invention that British kids bad eagerly adopted in the Fifties, had been traumatized, lobotomized and sanitized.
Elvis Presley had been sent to the army and came back a maudlin ballad singer and a movie star.
Little Richard had given up singing and wowed to be a preacher, Buddy Holly has died in a plane crash,
Jerry Lee Lewis was disgraced and Chuck Berry was in prison.
The new heroes supplied by the record industry were pretty boys Fabian, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Lee – and their music was not exactly heavy metal.
Brian Jones teams up in Oxford with Paul Jones and his band Thunder Odin's Big Secret. They record a tape, featuring Brian's 'Elmore James'-showcase "Dust My Blues" and send it to Alexis Korner in London
Mick Jagger borrows 30 Pounds off his mum to buy equipment so they could sound more like a "proper band."
Alexis Korner's group Blues Incorporated take up residency on Saturday night at the Jazz Club in Ealing, a suburb in West London. It's the first time that England hears blues played by white people. Dick and Keith see the ad for the shows in U.K music magazines Melody Maker and New Musical Express. Mick soon becomes second-string vocalist for Blues Incorporated, standing in for whenever Long John Baldry couldn't make a show.
One of the players who rotated in and out of the Blues Incorporated line-up was Brian Jones who was billed as 'Elmo Lewis'.- a pseudonym in honour of his slide-guitar playing Blues hero, Elmore James. Mick and Keith see him on stage and immediately ask him to join them in setting up a band. Also gusting on various occasions is drummer Charlie Watts whose incredible expertise soon make him the most sought after Blues drummer on the London scene
Following the previous night's excitement, Little Boy Blue And The Blue Boys record a tape featuring their current oeuvre, including "Around And Around", "Bright Lights Big City" and "Reelin' 'N' Rockin'" and post it to Alexis Korner in order to cement a relationship. After listening to it, Korner's first remark was that they sounded bloody awful!
Mick Jagger, and Brian Jones set out to form the best blues band in Britain. Brian Jones coins the band's name - The Rolling Stones, a homage to the Muddy Waters song . Ian Stewart, whose day job is a shipping clerk at Imperial Chemical Industries, plays piano and Dick Taylor is on bass. They practice three times a week in a room upstairs at the Soho London pub, the Bricklayers Arms.
12th: Rolling Stones play first gig at London's Marquee Club
Line Up: Mick Jagger (vocal)
Keith Richards - Elmo Lewis(Brian Jones) (guitars).
Dick Taylor (bass) (later The Pretty Things)
Mike Avery (bass) (later The Kinks)
28th: Ealing Jazz Club, London
Mick, Keith and Brian move to a flat in 102 Edith Grove. The term "flat" may be an overstatement. The derelict bed-sit was closer to a squat. Later on, at one of their gigs at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond they ask the audience for a fourth party to come and live with them. Printer James (Jimmy) Phelge jumps at the chance and moves in shortly thereafter. Being very eccentric himself, he fits into the bizarre household perfectly
27th: Marquee Jazz Club, London
8th,15th,22nd and 29th, Ealing Jazz Club, London
Having lost all faith in the band, bass player Dick Taylor quits and decides to pursue his studies at the Royal College of Art. Soon after he goes back into music and forms The Pretty Things.
5th: Woodstock Hotel, North Cheam, Surrey
6th,13th,20th and 27th October: Ealing Jazz Club, London
27th: The Rolling Stones take their status as recording artists one step further past the Little Boy Blues demo stage in their career. They bravely book into the Curly Clayton Sound Studios in North London without a bass player and still no permanent drummer, inviting Tony Chapman to be their drummer for the day. In an hour the band record three classic R&B tracks by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley, hoping to impress a record company.
EMI turns the disc down flat and someone at Decca is overheard saying, "It's a great band, but you'll never get anywhere with that singer
6th,13th,20th and 27th: Ealing Jazz Club , London
7th,14th,21st and 28th: William Morris Hall, South Oxley, Surrey
18th and 25th: Studio 51, London
23rd:Red Lion Pub, Sutton, England
30th: Piccadilly Jazz Club, London
2nd and 9th: Studio 51, London
4th,11th,18th and 29th: London, Ealing Jazz Club
5th: South Oxhey, England, William Morris Hall
7th and 21st: Red Lion Pub, Sutton, England
10th: Wetherby Arms Pub, London
12th: Sidcup Art College, Sidcup, England
14th: Ricky Tick Club, Windsor- Bill Wyman's first gig with The Stones on bass at St. Mary's Parish Church Hall Youth Club in Richmond. - the popular story being that he was asked because he had his own amplifier!
15th and 22nd December: Sandover Hall, Richmond
26th: Piccadilly Jazz Club, London
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