1984

 

15th: Mick guests on Bette Midler’s video of her Stones cover “Beast Of Burden,” acting as her lover. Recordings take place in New York’s Peppermint Lounge. He doesn’t sing on the record

18th - 21st: Stones shoot a video for “Too Much Blood.” The video is shot in Mexico and features some gory scenes of Ronnie and Keith chasing Mick with chainsaws. An equally explicit video, albeit on a more sexual level, is shot for “She Was Hot.”

20th: True to his father’s P.E. teacher roots, Mick is said to sponsor the UK Gymnastic Team for the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, donating 32,000 Pounds

30th: The single “She Was Hot” is released backed by the non-album “Emotional Rescue” outtake from ’79 “Think I’m Going Mad”. In the UK, a limited edition picture single in the shape of the Stones’ famous tongue-logo comes out. The back features a picture of a naked lady holding a burning candle.


                  7“ single
                  A: She Was Hot (MJ/KR)
                  B: I Think I’m Going Mad (MJ/KR)

10th: The video for “She Was Hot,” featuring sex-bomb Anita Morris going for the band, is premiered on MTV in a cleaned-up version after the station had decided to ban the original clip.

21st: Bill Wyman presents a posthumous award to Alexis Korner’s wife Bobby at the “Daily Mirror British Rock Awards.”
Here, at London’s Lyceum he lays eyes on the young Mandy Smith for the first time. Unaware that she’s only 13-year-old, Bill starts dating Mandy, with her mother’s consent.

2nd: Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger is born at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York. Mick is by Jerry’s side during the birth. Three days later, Jerry and the new baby leave the hospital.

17th: Keith celebrates his new wife Patti’s birthday in New York with her parents

28th: Keith and Patti attend a private screening of Patti’s new film Hard To Hold and are disappointed with the final result.

30th: Mick takes Jerry plus his daughters Jade and young Elizabeth Scarlett to the Bahamas for a break. He also starts recording his very first solo album in Nassau at the Compass Studios.

16th:  Mick goes to court in New York's Foley Square to sue Allen Klein. During the hearing it emerges that Mick one day chased Klein through the corridors of the Savoy Hotel in London, screaming: “where is my money?” Still, the ex-manager apparently owes the band an amount of money to the tune of half a million pounds! Afterwards, Mick meets up with Michael Jackson at the Helmsley Palace Hotel to talk business

23rd: The Stones drop their case against Allen Klein on his promise that they’ll receive royalties on a regular basis

 1st: Mick teams up with ex-Stones support-man Peter Wolf from The J. Geils Band and has a guest spot singing back-ups on two tracks, “Pretty Lady” and “Mars Needs Women,” off his “Lights Out” solo album, recorded in Boston, which is released in August.

6th: Mick and Michael Jackson record "State Of Shock" in New York's A&R Studio. Two more of the Jackson brothers join in

10th: Mick’s autobiography is a non-starter as the publisher’s, who have put up a cool two million Pounds, brand the initial framework as being “dull.” They add: “No sex. No Rock‘n’Roll. It’s just boring stuff

12th: Mick has a week off with his family on the Caribbean island of Mystique

Mick continues work on six songs for his solo project in Nassau at the Compass Studios. Studio guests include Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, Sly&Robbie, Herbie Hancock, Nile Rodgers, Chuck Leavell, Ray Cooper, Colin Hodgkinson, Jan Hammer, Michael Shrive, and Bernard Fowler. Bill Laswell co-produces with Mick, who also plays bass and synthesizer on the album.

1st:  Ronnie Wood is on the set of the film 9 1/2 Weeks and lands himself a cameo role, performing with the Reggae-outfit Winston Grennan And Black Sage, playing the song “Saviour.”

5th: Charlie plays with Rocket 88 in memory of Alexis Korner in Nottingham. The benefit concert at the Palais Ballroom is in aid of cancer research 8th: It’s reported that Mick has asked Bill Wyman to help him to write his autobiography as he is the one Stone who has kept close-enough-to-meticulous diaries of the band. Bill allegedly says “no.”

11th: Mick and Michael Jackson’s single “State Of Shock” is released. In the U.K., it climbs to Number 14 and in The U.S. it reaches Number 3. The song is also featured on The Jackson’s new LP Victory in a longer album version

14th: The Stones are awarded the Madison Square Garden Platinum Ticket Award for sales on their 1981 American Tour. They are the first band to be entered in the Garden’s Hall Of Fame

24th: Elizabeth Scarlett is christened at St. Mary Abbot’s church in London. Mick, his parents, Jerry, and her mother all attend. Charlie Watts is also there with his wife Shirley, who becomes Elizabeth’s godmother at the ceremony
 

26th: The Stones, not including Ronnie Wood, meet up at their London office to discuss future plans for the band.

29th: The Stones single “Brown Sugar”/“Bitch is released to promote the new compilation album Rewind. A limited edition comes out on picture disc, shaped as the Andy Warhol-styled jeans from the original Sticky Fingers - album design

1st: Decca re-releases the band’s Beggar’s Banquet album on LP and CD with its original “toilet wall" sleeve design – the very same design they found so offensive 14 years earlier.

In the latter half of the month in NY, Ron Wood teams up once again with Bob Dylan, for his subsequent albums Empire Burlesque and Knocked Out Loaded, first at the Delta Sound Studios, then at the Intergalactic.

2nd: Rewind album is released, featuring the band's recent hits. The Stones' contractual obligation to Atlantic is fulfilled.

 

5th: At New York’s Record Plant studios, Ron and Keith along with Charlie Sexton at record The Stones’ “It’s Not Easy” for the upcoming film The Wild Life, in which Ronnie briefly appears as the character “Refridgerator Raider.”

16th: "Miss You"/"Too Tough" single is released to promote Rewind. To date, it is rarely seen, but it does exist

26th: The Stones travel to London for a business meeting. Mick takes the opportunity to overdub some material for his solo album in a London studio the following few days.

 1st: Ron Wood plays guitar on the Bob Dylan cover “Go ‘Way Little Boy” by the band Lone Justice at New York’s Power Station 

1st: Mick continues recording his debut solo album “She’s the Boss” at the Power Station studio in New York

1st: Bill is on the panel of the “International Video Festival” in St. Tropez, presenting an award

26th: Ron Wood visits the hard Rock Café in San Francisco where he tries out some of the guitars on display

November - 27th December: Mick travels to Rio, Brazil. Under the direction of Julian Temple, Mick shoots the 80-minute film “Running Out Of Luck” for video release. The storyline links the album’s songs with Mick, playing himself, getting lost in deepest Mexico. The funniest scene features him, in an attempt to get back to the Western world, lifting a copy of the Stones’ Through The Past, Darkly compilation LP out of a record rack in a local convenience store and trying to convince the owner that he is Mick Jagger. He even dances to “Jumpin’Jack Flash” and “Brown Sugar.”

1st: Bill Wyman starts work on a solo project at The Sol studio in Cookham, entitled Willie And The Poor Boys where he is joined by Charlie Watts on some of the songs. Sessions continue in January the next year.

14th: Video Rewind is released by Vestron Video, containing some of the Stones greatest video hits, strung together by new footage of Mick and Bill Wyman taped in London's Museum of Mankind. Apart from great interviews and documentary footage, one of the highlights is a specially assembled live clip for “Brown Sugar,” edited from shows on the ’72,’76 and the ’81 tours

 

 

29th: Bill attends the screening of Paul McCartney’s film Give My Regards To Broad Street at the Empire in London’s Leicester Square. Bill is also working on a soundtrack, for the film Phenomena, out next year, which features his songs “Valley” and “Valley Bolero.”
                  

The German Teldec label issues a Rolling Stones boxed set “The Rest Of The Best” with a bonus-single featuring Mick’s last offering to Decca, “Cocksucker Blues.” The release is swiftly cancelled, but a few copies come out, becoming a much sought-after collector’s item

 

The Stones’ “Too Much Blood” comes out as a 12-inch single. It’s the last Stones record distributed under old the Atlantic deal
 

 

 

9th: At Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, Charlie and Ian Stewart join an all star line-up, also featuring Rory Gallagher and Jack Bruce for a charity-gig in aid of the famine in Ethiopia. This concert took place six months before “Live Aid”

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