1963

 

No wonder The Beatles filled the vacuum. They were real people, full of life and character, and their music was based on the best values of rock’n’roll and R&B. America loved The Beatles. But could Britain deliver again ? The answer came with a band whose sound was wilder, whose hair was longer and whose attitude was younger.
Well, maybe not as tough as John Lennon, but the Stones delivered a truculent, independent attitude , full of feisty humour. They made a perfect antidote to The Beatles' family image, closer in spirit to James Dean than Mickey Rooney, much was made of the rivalry between The Beatles and Stones, but they quickly became friends and allies and, together with
Bob Dylan, became to be recognized at the three most important influences of a booming musical renaissance.
The Beatles had been responsible for many “firsts”, including that of being the first group from the British provinces to achieve real success. They were from Liverpool, which was “up north”, a mysterious land as far as much of the media and trendy British teenagers were concerned. The Stones, on the other band, were mostly Londoners, ( apart from Brian Jones who came from the genteel countryside town of Cheltenham). Bill was from Penge, a south London suburb, Charlie Watts came from Islington, while Mick Jagger and Keith Richard were from Dartford a commuter town on the fringes of the capital.

3rd,10th,17th,24th, and 31st: Marquee International Jazz Club, London

4th,18th and 23rd: Red Lion Pub, Sutton

5th and 19th:Sandover Hall , Richmond

7th,14th,21st and 28th: Flamingo Jazz Club, London

11th and 25th: Ricky Tick Club, Windsor

12th:Ealing Jazz Club, London - Charlie Watts joins the Stones and plays his first gigs.

26th: London, Ealing Jazz Club

The band gigs constantly with residencies at venues like Ealing Jazz Club, Ken  Coyler's Studio 51 and Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Audiences often consist of fellow budding blues musicians like Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

 

1st,8th and 22nd: Ricky Tick Club,, Windsor
2nd,5th,9th,12th,16th,19th and 23rd: Ealing Jazz Club,  London
6th and 20th: Red Lion Pub, Sutton
7th,14th,21st and 28th: Harringay Jazz Club, London
24th: Station Hotel, Richmond
 

2nd: Ealing Jazz Club,  London
3rd,10th,17th,24th and 31st:Studio 51, Ken Coyler Jazz Club, London and Station Hotel,  Richmond
6th and 20th: Red Lion Pub, Sutton
7th and 14th: Harringay Jazz Club, London
8th,22nd and 29th: Ricky Tick Club, Windsor
9th and 30th: Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford
11th: The band are at IBC Studios, Portland Place, London. With producer Glyn Johns, they record demos of "Diddley Daddy,"         "Road Runner," "Bright Lights Big City," "Baby What's Wrong?" , and "I Want To Be Loved".

 

 

Dates: Red Lion pub, Sutton (3); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London /Station Hotel, Richmond (7); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London/ Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (14); Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford (19); Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (21); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Middlesex (24); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor (26)Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (28).
 

14th: The Beatles visit the Stones at the Crawdaddy Club on their way back from recording Thank Your Lucky Stars at Twickenham. The
two groups go back to Edith Grove to hang out and jam.
As Bill Wyman recall in his autobiography - "Shit! That's The Beatles!

18th: The Rolling Stones go backstage as The Beatles' guests at the Royal Albert Hall. They help The Beatles roadies carry out the gear and Brian is mistaken by fans for one of The Beatles. All the way home he tens manager Gomelsky, "Giorgio, that's what l want!'


28th: Andrew Oldham , a 19-year-old former PR men for Brian Epstein's stable of Liverpool acts, sees the Stones for the first time in Richmond. Andrew Oldham arranges for the band to play at the Battersea Funfair Charity Concert. By now, the management has put its stamp on the band, dropping Ian Stewart from the official line-up because he doesn't look the part and "six is too many for a band anyway." He's asked to stay on as The Stones' roadie and studio piano player (occasionally on stage). Keith Richards is asked to omit the 's' from his surname so, according to Andrew Oldham's master plan, teenagers may be tricked into thinking that he's related to Cliff Richard! On Eric Easton's behalf, Mick is questioned to be a suitable singer for the band and Brian, the band's founder, has his old mate Paul Jones on stand-by. Andrew manages to save the singer's credibility and Mick stays on.

 

Dates: Eel Pie Island, Twickenham(1); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor, (3); News Of The World Charity Gala, Battersea Park, London 14); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (5); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (8) Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (12); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (15); Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford (17); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London (Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (19); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (22); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor (24); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London/Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (26); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (29); Ricky Tick Club at the Star& Garter pub, Windsor (31).



3rd: The Stones' manager Georgia Gomelsky's father died in the middle of April and he has to fly to Switzerland to make arrangements for the funeral and be with his family. While he is away, Andrew Oldham muscles his way on to the scene
and the Stones sign an exclusive management agreement with Oldham and Eric Easton on this date. When Gomelsky returns, he finds he has been cut out of the deal completely.

6th: Rolling Stones sign with Decca Records. Dick Rowe, the same A&R man who had turned down The Beatles the year before, signs them on a tip-off from George Harrison. 

10th:The Stones record Come On - I Want To Be Loved- Love Position #9- Pretty Thing at Olympic Sound Studios, London.
                 
 


Dates: Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London/ Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (2); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (3); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (S); Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford (7); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London /Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (9); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (10); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (12); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor (14); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club at Station Hotel, Richmond (16); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (17); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (19); Scene Club, London (20); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor (21); Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford (22); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (23); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (24); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (26); Scene Club, London (27); Ricky Tick Club at the Star & Garter pub, Windsor (28); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London /Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (30).

 



7th: "Come On" the first Rolling Stones single, is released. An older generation recoils in horror as the group performs the song on England's top pop TV show "Thank Your Lucky Stars." The song -- an obscure Chuck Berry cover -- climbs to No. 21 on the U.K. charts.

                   7“ single (Decca F11675).


                   A: Come On (Chuck Berry)
                   B: I Want To Be Loved (Willie Dixon)

 


Dates: Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (1); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (3); Scene Club, London (4); Ricky Tick Club at the-Star & Garter pub, Windsor (5) Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (B); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (10); Scene Club, London (11), Twickenham Design College, Eel Pie Island (12); Alcove Club, Middlesbrough, York’s(13), Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (14); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (15), Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (17); Corn Exchange, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire (20), Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London/ Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (21); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London (22); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (24); Ricky Tick Club at Star & Garter pub, Windsor (26); California Ballroom, Dunstable, Beds (27); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London/ Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (28); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London (29); Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (30); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (31
 

7th: The Stones record a session for ATV's Thank Your Lucky Stars in Birmingham, performing 'Come On' in matching hound's tooth jackets.



28th - 1st The Stones record at Decca Studios in West Hampstead.

 

Dates: Wooden Bridge Hotel, Guildford (2); St. Leonard's Hall, Horsham, Sussex (3), Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (4); Botwell House, Hayes, Middlesex(5), Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (6), Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (7); California Ballroom, Bunstable (9), Plaza Theatre, Handsworth, Birmingham/Plaza Theatre, Oldham, Birmingham (10), Third National Jazz Festival, Richmond Athletic Association Grounds, Richmond (Il), Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London (12); Town Hall, High Wycombe, Bucks (13);Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (14); Dreamland Ballroom, Margate, Kent (15), Winter Gardens, Banbury, Oxfordshire (16); Memorial Hall, Northwick, Cheshire (17); Studio 51, Ken  Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (18); Atlanta Ballroom, Woking, Surrey (19); Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (20);Eel Pie Island, Twickenham 121); Il Rondo Ballroom, Leicester (24); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London /Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Windsor, (27)  Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (28);Oasis Club, Manchester;(30)Royal Lido Ballroom, Prestatyn, Wales;(31)




 

11th: One of the band's most important early gigs took place when the band played inside a tent at the third National Jazz & Blues Festival, held at a Richmond sports ground. The festival was an annual outdoor shindig, originally inspired by he example of America's Newport Jazz Festival on Sunday afternoon , the main stage was dominated by modern and traditional jazz bands, while the R&B acts were confined to the marquee. Acker Bilk's jazz men dutifully plunked away, while close by The Stones prepared to create history.
 

Dates: Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (1); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (2); Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (3); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (4); Strand Palace Theatre, Walmer, Kent (5); Grand Hotel Ballroom, Lowestoft, Suffolk (6); Kings Hall, Aberystwyth, Wales (7); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (9); Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor(10); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (11); Cellar Club, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey (12); California Ballroom, Ritz Ballroom, King's Heath, Birmingham /Plaza Theatre, Oldham, Birmingham (14); Great Pop Prom, Royal Albert Hall, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (15); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (16); British Legion Hall, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London (17); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (18);St. John's Hall, Watford, Harts (19); Savoy Ballroom, South sea, Hants (20); Corn Exchange, Peterborough, Northants (21); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London / Crawdaddy Club, Athletic Ground, Richmond (22); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (23); Ricky Tick Club at Thames Hotel, Windsor (24); Eel Pie Island, Twickenham (25); Floral Hall, Morecambe,(27); Assembly Hall, Walthamstow, London (28); New Victoria Theatre, London (29); Ballroom, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (30).
 

The Stones record at Kingsway Studios on dates throughout September. Among the titles they record is 'I Wanna Be Your Man',
a previously unrecorded Lennon -McCartney song written on the spot for them at a nearby club after chance meeting in London's Denmark Street. In 1963, an unrecorded Beatles song was a passport to the charts.

14th -15th: The Stones record 'You Better Move On', 'Money' and 'Bye Bye Johnny' at Kingsway Studios, all three of which appear on their first EP, 'The Rolling Stones' the next year.


POISON IVY Leiber, Stoller/ FORTUNE TELLER A. Toussaint Decca F 11742 (UK).
Not officially released but a few copies did enter circulation. This is one of the rarest Stones record for collectors.


23rd: Brian and Charlie provide the backing for Bo Diddley on a recording for BBC-Radio's Saturday Club.

 

 29th: The Stones begin their first big British tour with Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers.



 


Dates: The Odeon, Streatham, London (1); Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London (2); The Odeon, South end, Essex (3); The Odeon, Guildford (4); The Gaumont, Watford (5); Capitol Theatre, Cardiff, South Wales (6); The Odeon, Cheltenham, (8); The Gaumont, Worcester (9); The Gaumont, Wolverhampton, Staffs (10); The Gaumont, Derby (11); The Gaumont, Doncaster, York’s (12); The Odeon, Liverpool (13); Majestic Ballroom, Kingston-upon-Hull, York’s (15); The Odeon, Manchester (16); The Odeon, Glasgow (17); The Odeon, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (18); The Gaumont, Bradford, York’s (19); The Gaumont, Hanley, Staffs (20); The Gaumont, Sheffield, York’s (22); The Odeon, Nottingham 123); The Odeon, Birmingham (24); The Gaumont, Taunton, Somerset (25); The Gaumont, Bournemouth, Hants (26); The Gaumont, Salisbury, (27); The Gaumont, Southampton, Hants (29); The Odeon, St. Albans, Harts (30); The Odeon, Lewisham, London (31).



5th: Little Richard joins the tour at the Watford concert.
BBC-Radio transmits the Bo Diddley tape with some of the Stones backing on Saturday Club.

26th: The Stones make their first appearance on BBC Radio Saturday Club.

 

Dates: Rochester, Odeon Theatre (1); Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich (2);Hammersmith Odeon London (3); Top Rank Ballroom, Preston, Lanes (4); The Cavern Club, Liverpool (5); Queen's Hall, Leeds(6); Club A-Go-Go, Newcastle- upon-Tyne (8); Club A-Go-Go, Whitley Bay, Northumberland (9);Town Hall, Crewe, Cheshire (10); Pavilion Ballroom, Bath, Somerset (11); Town Hall, High Wycombe(12); City Hall, Sheffield(13); Co-op Ballroom, Nuneaton, Warwickshire (15); Matrix Ballroom, Coventry (16); State Ballroom, Kilburn, London (19); Chiswick Polytechnic Dance, Athletic Club, Richmond (20); Mellroy's Ballroom, Swindon,(21); Town Hall, Greenwich, London (22); Chez Don Club, Dalton, London (23); Studio 51, Ken Coyler Club, London (24); Ballroom, Warrington, Lanes (25); Ballroom, Altrincham, Cheshire (26); Ballroom, Wigan, (27); The Baths, Urmston, Lanes (29); King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs (30).

1st: The second single, "I Wanna Be Your Man" is given to the group by John Lennon and Paul McCartney after they run into the Stones on the street. They finish writing it on the spot. That reaches No. 12. Live gigs are already attracting hordes of screaming teenage girls who drown out the band.            

                   7“ single (Decca F 11764). 
                   A: I Wanna Be Your Man (John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
                   B: Stoned (Nanker Phelge)

                       (The first few hundred pressings spelt the 'B-Side as 'Stones'.)

7th: The Stones record a session for ATV's Thank Your Lucky Stars in Birmingham.


28th: The Daily Mirror reports:" Gene Pitney Meets The Rolling Stones". When I first saw them l didn't know whether to say hello or bark. But then l got to know them. They are something, really something.'
Two weeks later Pitney releases ‘This Girl Belongs To Yesterday' written by Mick and Keith, produced by Andrew Oldham.


Dates: Oasis Club, Manchester (1); Assembly Rooms, Tamworth, Staffs (2); Floral Hall, Southport, Lanes (3); The Baths, Doncaster, York’s (4); The Theatre, Worcester (5); The Odeon, Romford, Essex (6); Fairfield Hall, Corydon (7); Olympia Ballroom, Reading, Berks/The Gaumont, Watford, Harts (8); Bradford Arts Ball, King and Queen Hall, Bradford (11); Lucero Ballroom, Liverpool(12); Ballroom, Hereford (13); The Baths, Epsom, Surrey (14); Civic Hall, Guildford (15); Town Hall, High Wycombe,(17); The Corn Exchange, Bristol (18); Lido Ballroom, Winchester(20); Kayser Bondor Ballroom, Baldock,(21); St. Mary's Hall, Putney, London (22); Town Hall, Leek, Staffs (24); Selby's Restaurant, London (26); Town Hall, Reading (27); Club Noreik, Tottenham, London (28); Studio 51,, Ken Coyler Club, London (30); Drill Hall, Lincoln, Lines (31).
 

The Stones capitalise on their newfound success by providing the soundtrack to two Kellogg's Rice Krispies commercials, one featuring the band in animated form.

22nd: The Stones play St. Mary's Hall in Putney and are supported by a new upcoming group , later to become The Who.


30th:The Stones return to Ken Coyler Jazz Club, Studio 51, London, for a one-off gig. They share the bill with Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions featuring young singer
Rod Stewart.

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