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5th: In Paris, Mick continues work recording the new album which would later be Some Girls. At the same time Ronnie Wood jumps at the chance to record another solo album with major Stones input by Charlie, Keith and Mick as well as Ian McLagan, Jim Keltner, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Mason, and Bobby Keys

25th: Mick and Jerry Hall are spotted leaving a Paris nightclub. Mick punches a photographer.

27th: Charlie Watts returns to Swindon to play another Jazz-gig with Bob Hall and George Green at the Arts Center and takes along the Stones’ Mobile Recording Studio to tape the concert. The recordings are used for an upcoming album.

 

 

 3rd: Bianca issues a statement saying that there’s no disagreement between her and Mick and both “are tired of the harassment and falsely attributed statements.”

 6th: Keith has his lawyers postpone his Canadian hearing first to March 6, and then once again to October 23.

20th: Mick and Bianca are still denying a split. Just over a week later Mick is putting out a reward for anyone who can return a bracelet and earrings he gave to Jerry Hall that she lost on a Paris underground train.

 

 

 1st: American soccer team The Philadelphia Furies, partly owned by “dream band” Mick, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton, and Rick Wakeman, play the Washington Furies. Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Beck, Carly Simon, Andy Gibb, James Taylor, and Eric Clapton fly in to follow the game. Mick arrives by helicopter in time to see his team lose by 3-0
 

15th: Mick and Keith attend the Reggae “One Love Peace Concert” in Jamaica and sign Peter Tosh to Rolling Stones Records. ."
Two weeks later,
 

2nd: Stones tape videos in New York for "Miss You," "Respectable," "Far Away Eyes

5th: Mick attends a Muddy Waters’ gig at The Roxy in Los Angeles.

13th: The Stones announce their American tour, which is to take place throughout June and July

14th: Bianca files for divorce in London

19th May: The Stones’ new hit “Miss You”/ “Faraway Eyes” is released as a single worldwide.
                  It reaches Number One in the States and takes the Number 2 spot in the U.K


                  7“ single (Rolling Stones Records EMI 2802).
                  A: Miss You (MJ/KR)
                  B: Far Away Eyes (MJ/KR)

 

27th May - 8th June:  Rehearsals for the upcoming US tour Bearsville Studios, Woodstock.

Dates: Civic Centre, Lakeland, Florida (10); Fox Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia (12); Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey; (14); Warner Theatre, Washington, D.C. (I 5); John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (17); The Palladium, New York City (19); The Coliseum, Hampton Boards, Virginia (21); Convention Centre, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (22); Midsouth Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee (28); Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (29).

 

2nd:The Stones release their first ever 12-inch single. “Miss You” is remixed and is twice as long.
In Europe, the single comes out on bright pink or moody red vinyl

9th: The Some Girls album is released. It hits the Number One in the U.S. and Number 2 in the U.K. Shortly after, some of the girls featured on the LP's cover with Andy Warhol-style superimposed heavy make-up -- Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch, and Liz Taylor -- threaten to sue. After several months, Atlantic caves in to pressure and changes the cover, obscuring the ladies’ images by the slightly defiant message: “Please accept our apologies. We are being reconstructed.” The album was originally called Some More Fast Numbers and some say the highly-charged energy level is influenced by the recent punk rock explosion. The next single, "Respectable," shows the group commenting on their new status as "pillars of society." The title track causes a stir because Mick sings in this tongue-in-cheek summary of girls from around the world: “black girls just wanna get f***ed all night, I just don’t have that much jam.” After the first militant album-bonfires take place, the singer shrugs it all off, saying: “If you can’t take a joke, it’s too f***ing bad …”

                      LP ‘Some Girls’ (Rolling Stones Records CUN 39108).
                  A:  Miss You (MJ/KR)
                        When The Whip Comes Down (MJ/KR)
                        Just My Imagination (Norman Whitfield/Barrett Strong)
                        Some Girls (MJ/KR)
                        Lies (MJ/KR)
                  B:   Far Away Eyes (MJ/KR)
                        Respectable (MJ/KR)
                        Before They Make Me Run (MJ/KR)
                        Beast Of Burden (MJ/KR)
                        Shattered (MJ/KR)

10th: The Stones launch tour in Lakeland, FL. On this tour Mick is seen handling a guitar more frequently, something he’d started doing every now and then on the ’75 tour and will develop into a more regular feature over the years. He also appears on stage on and off in a designer “Destroy” T-shirt and heavy make-up, which winks at the punk movement back home in Britain

17th: Slowly starting to outgrow arenas, the Stones play the massive JFK Stadium in Philadelphia in front of 90,000 fans. Even though Mick is suffering from a bout of flu, the singer performs against doctor’s orders. After the show, Mick jets to New York to see Bob Marley perform at Madison Square Gardens.

28th: The bootleg from Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee

 

Dates: Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio (1); Rich Stadium, Buffalo, New York (4); Orchard Park, New York (5); Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan (6); Soldiers Field, Chicago, Illinois (8); The Coliseum, St. Paul, Minnesota (10); Keel Auditorium, St. Louis, Missouri(11)  Louisiana Super Dome, New Orleans, Louisiana (13); Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado (16); Will Rogers Memorial Centre, Fort Worth, Texas (18); Sam Houston, Coliseum, Houston, Texas (19); Community Centre, Tucson, Arizona (21); Anaheim Stadium, Los Angeles, California (23-24); Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California (26).

 

8th: The Stones hit Chicago’s 80,000-capacity Soldier Field. After the show Mick looks up a much more intimate venue to check out Lefty Dizz.

9th:The Stones jam with Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Pinetop Perkins & band in Quiet Night Club, Chicago.

13th: Stones play biggest ever indoor concert, drawing 80000 at Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana.

22nd: Mick takes daughter Jade, Jerry Hall, and Diana Ross to see Bob Marley’s gig in Burbank.

26th: Mick turns 35 as the Stones play Oakland, finishing the tour in front of 35,000 fans. Mick and Keith are featured on the cover of Rolling Stone

1st: At Hollywood’s RCA Studios, Keith records the B-side of his long awaited solo-single “Run Rudolph Run.” He records Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come” with Ron and Charlie.

1st: The Stones start mixing live material from the tour in Los Angeles, but sadly nothing will come out of it

28th: The soulful “Beast Of Burden” backed with the rocker “When The Whip Comes Down” is released as a single in the U.S. It reaches Number 7 in the charts

13th: Charlie and Bill attend the funeral of The Who’s drummer Keith Moon.

15th: The punk-tinted “Respectable”/“When The Whip Comes Down” single is released today in the UK and Europe, providing the “antidote” to the more Disco-oriented first single, “Miss You.” In the U.K. the record makes it to Number 22 in the charts


                  7“ single (Rolling Stones Records EMI 2861). 
                  A: Respectable (MJ/KR)
                  B: When The Whip Comes Down (MJ/KR)

 

22nd: Ron Wood and Jo Howard’s daughter Leah is born in Los Angeles.


23rd: Keith’s trial in Canada ends when the trafficking charge is reduced to possession. Part of his sentence is perfprm a free concert for the blind, after a visually impaired Stones-fan goes to see the judge at his home to plead on bealh of the guitarist. As Keith professes, “my little blind angel” came through and it all came together. The judge is swayed by Keith’s sincere promises the court to stick to his treatment to come off the drugs and to kick his habit
 

29th: "Shattered"/"Everything's Turning To Gold" (a track which isn't on the LP) is released in the USA as the third single from Some Girls. It enters the charts at Number 27


                  7“ single (Rolling Stones Records RS 19310).
                  A: Shattered (MJ/KR)
                  B: Everything Is Turning To Gold (MJ/KR/RW)

 

3rd: Mick and Jerry Hall are in Washington to attend the First Annual Kennedy Centre Awards Gala.

12th: Keith releases a Christmas Chuck Berry solo cover called “Run Rudolph Run,” backed with Jimmy Cliff’s reggae classic “The Harder They Come.” He threatens to bring it out every single Christmas. Charlie plays drums on the track

25th: Mick spends Christmas in Hong Kong.



 

 

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