1974

5th:Bill Wyman cutting his first solo album in the studio in Sausalito, California.

14th  28th: Stones recording in Musicland Studios, Munich, WestGermany.

10th:  Mick visits Trinidad to see the England Test match against the West Indies.
13th: Following their suspended sentences, Keith, Anita and Bobby Keys are no longer welcome in France
15th: Mick attends Dr. John’s gig at the opening of thesoontobe legendary New York hangout, the “Bottom Line.”
25th: Mick visits David Bowie at London’s Olympic Studios, where Bowie is recording the Diamond Dogs album

27th: Belgian airbrush artist Guy Peelaert gets picked up by Mick, based on his work in his book “Rock Dreams,” which pictures The Stones in leather SM gear. Guy is signed up to paint the picture on the new album’s It’s Only Rock ‘N’Roll sleeve. The band is then envisaged as a troupe of wasted looking Rock ‘N’ Rollers in a Roman Coliseum setting

6th: Mick holidays i West India

14th : Premiere of the movie ‘Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones’ Ziegfield Theater, New York City.

10th: Monkey Grip is released on Rolling Stones Records. It’s preceded by the American single release of “White Lightnin’” / “I Wanna Get Me A Gun.” In the evening, Bill attends the launch of Led Zeppelin’s own label Swan Song at New York’s Bel Air Hotel.

LP ‘Monkey Grip’ (Rolling Stones Records COC 59102).
 
 I Wanna Get Me A Gun (BW)
 Crazy Woman (BW)
 Pussy (BW)
 Mighty Fine Time (BW)
 Monkey Grip Glue (BW)
 What A Blow (BW/Malcolm Rebenack)
 White Lightnin’ (BW)
 I’ll Pull You Thro’ (BW)
 It’s A Wonder (BW)


18th: KR and RW jam with Eric Clapton in RW’s home studio, The Wick, Richmond, England.
19th:  KR and RW backstage at a The Who concert Charlton Football Ground, London.

1st: The Stones shooting a promofilm LWT studios, London.
For Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - It’s Only Rock’n Roll- Till The Next Goodbye



13th: Mick attends Eric Clapton’s gig at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, while Keith teams up with Ron Wood. With Willie Weeks, Andy Newmark and Ian McLagan in the line-up, the duo launches Ronnie’s first solo offering, I’ve Got My Own Album To Do at London’s Kilburn State Ballroom. Rod Stewart makes a guest appearance on three of the songs, sharing the mike with Ronnie. The outfit play a second show at the venue the following day.

 

 

26th: Release of the single “It's Only Rock'n'Roll.” The self-deprecatory title track, started life in Ronnie Wood's South London home studio with David Bowie on backing vocals and The Faces' Kenny Jones on drums. The video shows The Stones dressed-up as sailors in a tent filling up with foam, eventually submerging Charlie who – as a drummer - he was half the height of the others.
 


                 

7" single (Rolling Stones Records RS 19114). 
                  A: It’s Only Rock’n Roll (MJ/KR)
                  B: Through The Lonely Nights (MJ/KR)

In the U.K. singles chart, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll” reaches Number 10. In the U.S., it climbs to Number 18

18th: Mick mixes for the LP ‘It’s Only Rock’n Roll’ in London.

14th: Mick attends a party in Nassau to celebrate Stevie Wonder’s new American tour. In the meantime, Ronnie Wood escorts Bianca Jagger to the after-show party at London’s Quaglino’s restaurant in St James., following a big country and western-tinged extravaganza at Wembley Stadium, featuring The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Joni Mitchell


18th: Mick Jagger rents a house in Andy Warhol's compound in Montauk, Long Island. He and Bianca have spent must of the summer staying next door in Andy's own house.

27th:  ‘I’ve Got My Own Album To Do’ a Ron Wood solo album released.

The basic band on the album consists of Willie Weeks, bass; Andy Newmark, drums; Andy Melagan, keyboards; Keith Richard, guitars/vocals and Ron Wood, guitars/vocals.
The additional presence of Mick Jagger and Mick Taylor on some tracks makes this almost a Rolling Stones album. It was during the sessions for this album that the original backing track for 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll' was laid down.


18th October: The new album It’s Only Rock‘n’Roll is released. In London the album is promoted by an illegal graffiti campaign. Keith says that he likes Goat’s Head Soup in many ways but that “it doesn’t have the freshness of this new disc.”

In The States, the album makes it to the Number One spot. In the U.K. it goes to No. 4

                  

                  "IT’S ONLY ROCK’N ROLL" LP
                  
                   A:  If You Can’t Rock Me (MJ/KR)
                         Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (Norman Whitfield/Eddie Holland)
                         It’s Only Rock’n Roll (MJ/KR)
                         Till The Next Goodbye (MJ/KR)
                         Time Waits For No One (MJ/KR)
                   B:   Luxury (MJ/KR)
                         Dance Little Sister (MJ/KR)
                         If You Really Want To Be My Friend (MJ/KR)
                         Short And Curlies (MJ/KR)
                         Fingerprint File (MJ/KR)

25th: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg/Dance Little Sister single released in The States. It enter the charts at No. 21 and it goes to No.15

 

            7" single
                   A: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg (Norman Whitfield/Eddie Holland)
                   B: Dance Little Sister (MJ/KR)

 

 

14th : Keith gets his teeth fixed while the band are in Montreux to discuss a new tour and album. He soon announces the work in the Press, saying, “I’m changing my image.”


17th: Mick and Bianca join the party to see the première of The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band animation-film in New York.
22nd: Mick and Bianca attend a party thrown at the Pierre Hotel in New York for Elton John

26th: Mick and Bianca return to Managua, Nicaragua, to check out how the money they’ve raised is being used

 

1st: Mick Taylor defends his decision to leave the band, Mick saying how he wants to work with Mick again in some … future, and Ronnie Wood - still - denying that he’s going to join The Stones.

12th: Mick has a night out with Stones guitarist Mick Taylor attending an Eric Clapton concert at the Hammersmith Odeon. Taylor turns to Mick and says he doesn’t want to be in The Stones anymore. At the after-party Ronnie Wood is listening in and Mick suggests he should join. Woody likes the idea, but passes for the moment as his loyalty still lies with The Faces.
               Officially Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones on the 12th of December!

7th - 15th: The Stones finish recording new material at Musicland Studios in Münich. Ron Wood plays guitar on the Reggae-cover “Cherry Oh Baby” and the band themselves try their hand on the song “Act Together,” previously given to Wood for his first solo-album. During these sessions, the Stones’ next single, “Fool To Cry” is also recorded

16th: It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll is voted the Number 2 album of the year by the NME writers
23rd: Keith returns to London’s Kilburn State Ballroom and guests during a Rod Stewart & The Faces show, playing guitar on three songs: “Sweet Little Rock ‘N’ Roller,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and “Twistin’ The Night Away.”

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