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Backstage with The Rolling Stones the ‘bad boys’ of Rock n’ Roll

No Lies Radio Music – By Teri Perticone – November 09, 2017
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Photo: The Rolling Stones Band today: Charlie Watts-Drums, Keith Richards-Rhythm/Lead Guitar/Co-Songwriter, Mick Jagger-Front-Man/Lead Singer/Co-Songwriter & Ron Wood-Lead/Rhythm Guitar.

Only one band defines Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll for over 50 years, still performing & has won the title of the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world–The Rolling Stones. Keith Richards Lead/Rhythm Guitar with his nitty-gritty & riveting riffs created the sound for The Rolling Stones & along with Mick Jagger wrote most of the songs for the band. Mick Jagger has been the Front-Man/Lead Singer/Band Manager since 1969 known for his strong & soulful vocals, physically active & entertaining performances.

The Rolling Stones were raised in England in the aftermath of World War II & the bombing of their country in 1940/1941. In The 1962 Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts & Ian Stewart came together to form a Rhythm & Blues band & called themselves ‘The Rolling Stones’. One of their early influences was the American blues man Muddy Waters after seeing him perform in England. Ian Stewart was removed from the band in 1963 & continued as tour manager & sometimes piano player until his death in 1985. Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and has been on guitar in tandem with Richards ever since each switching back & forth from Lead to Rhythm Guitar. Bill Wyman left the band in 1993.

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Photo: The Rolling Stones from lf to rt Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman Mick Jagger & Brian Jones.

From Wikipedia:

Their first international No. 1 hit was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, recorded in May 1965 during the band’s third North American tour. Richards recorded the guitar riff that drives the song with a fuzzbox, planning to be a scratch track to guide a horn section. Nevertheless, the final cut was without the planned horn overdubs. Issued in the summer of 1965, it was their fourth UK No. 1 and first in the US where it spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, establishing worldwide commercial success for the band.[78][79] The US version of the LP Out of Our Heads, released in July 1965, also went to No 1; it included seven original songs, three Jagger/Richards numbers and four credited to Nanker Phelge.[80] Their second international No. 1 single, “Get Off of My Cloud” was released in the autumn of 1965,[70] followed by another US-only LP, December’s Children.[81]

The album Aftermath, released in the late spring of 1966, was the first LP to be composed entirely of Jagger/Richards songs;[82] it reached No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US.[83] On this album Jones’ contributions expanded beyond guitar and harmonica. To the Middle Eastern-influenced “Paint It, Black”[c] he added sitar, to the ballad “Lady Jane” he added dulcimer and to “Under My Thumb” he added marimbas. Aftermath also contained “Goin’ Home”, a nearly 12-minute-long song that included elements of jamming and improvisation.[84]

The Stones’ success on the British and American singles charts peaked during the 1960s.[85][86] “19th Nervous Breakdown”[87] was released in February 1966, and reached No. 2 in the UK[88] and US charts;[89] it was followed by their “Paint It, Black”, which reached No. 1 in the UK and US in May 1966.[60][86] “Mother’s Little Helper”, released in June 1966, reached No. 8 in the US;[89] it was one of the first pop songs to address the issue of prescription drug abuse.[90][91] The single “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” was released in September 1966 single and reached No. 5 in the UK[92] and No. 9 in the US.[89] It had a number of firsts for the group: it was the first Stones recording to feature brass horns, the back-cover photo on the original US picture sleeve depicted the group satirically dressed in drag and the song was accompanied by one of the first official music videos, directed by Peter Whitehead.[93][94]

Rolling Stones-Paint It Black

January 1967 saw the release of Between the Buttons (UK No. 3; US 2); the album was Andrew Oldham’s last venture as the Rolling Stones’ producer; Oldham’s role as the band’s manager was taken over by Allen Klein in 1965 to “get [them] out of the original English scene”[95] and due to Oldham’s fear, after the 12 February drug bust in Sussex, of being arrested.[96][97] The US version included the double A-side single “Let’s Spend the Night Together” and “Ruby Tuesday”,[98] which went to No. 1 in the US and No. 3 in the UK. When the band went to New York to perform the numbers on The Ed Sullivan Show, they were ordered to change the lyrics of the refrain to “let’s spend some time together”.[99][100]

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Photo: The Rolling Stones original band from lf to rt: Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards & Brian Jones 1967

In early 1967, Jagger, Richards and Jones began to be hounded by authorities over their recreational drug use, after News of the World ran a three-part feature entitled “Pop Stars and Drugs: Facts That Will Shock You”.[101] The series described alleged LSD parties hosted by the Moody Blues and attended by top stars including the Who’s Pete Townshend and Cream’s Ginger Baker, and alleged admissions of drug use by leading pop musicians. The first article targeted Donovan (who was raided and charged soon after); the second installment (published on 5 February) targeted the Rolling Stones.[102].

A week later on 12 February, Sussex police, tipped off by the paper, who in turn were tipped off by Richards’ chauffeur,[104] raided a party at Keith Richards’ home, Redlands. No arrests were made at the time but Jagger, Richards and their friend art dealer Robert Fraser were subsequently charged with drug offences. Richards said in 2003, “When we got busted at Redlands, it suddenly made us realize that this was a whole different ball game and that was when the fun stopped. Up until then it had been as though London existed in a beautiful space where you could do anything you wanted.”[105] On the treatment of the man responsible for the raid he later added: “As I heard it, he never walked the same again.”[104]

On 10 May 1967, the same day Jagger, Richards and Fraser were arraigned in connection with the Redlands charges, Jones’ house was raided by police and he was arrested and charged with possession of cannabis.[99] Three out of five Rolling Stones now faced drug charges. Jagger and Richards were tried at the end of June. On 29 June, Jagger received a three-month prison sentence for the possession of four amphetamine tablets; Richards was found guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one year in prison.[109][110] Both Jagger and Richards were imprisoned at that point, but were released on bail the next day pending appeal.[111]

December 1967 also saw the release of Their Satanic Majesties Request (UK No. 3; US No. 2), which received unfavourable reviews and was widely regarded as a poor imitation of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.[118][119]

By the release of Beggars Banquet, Brian Jones was only sporadically contributing to the band. Jagger said that Jones was “not psychologically suited to this way of life”.[128] His drug use had become a hindrance, and he was unable to obtain a US visa. Richards reported that, in a June meeting with Jagger, Richards, and Watts at Jones’ house, Jones admitted that he was unable to “go on the road again”, and left the band, saying, “I’ve left, and if I want to I can come back”.[9] On 3 July 1969, less than a month later, Jones drowned in the swimming pool under mysterious circumstances at his home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex.[129]

Let It Bleed (UK No. 1; US 3) was released in December.[73] Their last album of the sixties, it featured “Gimme Shelter” with guest lead female vocals from Merry Clayton (sister of Sam Clayton, of the American rock band Little Feat).[136] Other tracks include “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (with accompaniment by the London Bach Choir, who initially asked for their name to be removed from the album’s credits after being apparently ‘horrified’ by the content of some of its other material, but later withdrew this request), “Midnight Rambler” as well as a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain”. Jones and Taylor are both featured on the album.[137]


The Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Live) – OFFICIAL August 2003

Just after the US tour the band performed at the Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway, about 50 miles east of San Francisco. The biker gang Hells Angels provided security, and a fan, Meredith Hunter, was stabbed and beaten to death by the Angels after they realised that he was armed.[138] Part of the tour and the Altamont concert were documented in Albert and David Maysles’ film Gimme Shelter. As a response to the growing popularity of bootleg recordings (in particular Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be, recorded during the 1969 tour), the album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! (UK 1; US 6) was released in 1970; it was declared by critic Lester Bangs to be the best ever live album.[139]

Sticky Fingers was the first to feature the logo of Rolling Stones Records, which effectively became the band’s logo. It consisted of a pair of lips with a lapping tongue. Designer John Pasche created the logo following a suggestion by Jagger to copy the outstuck tongue of the Hindu goddess Kali.[149] Critic Sean Egan has said of the logo, “Without using the Stones’ name, it instantly conjures them, or at least Jagger, as well as a certain lasciviousness that is the Stones’ own … It quickly and deservedly became the most famous logo in the history of popular music.”[150] The tongue and lips design was part of a package that, in 2003, VH1 named the “No. 1 Greatest Album Cover” of all time.[141]

The album contains one of their best known hits, “Brown Sugar”, and the country-influenced “Dead Flowers”. Both were recorded at Alabama’s Muscle Shoals Sound Studio during the 1969 American tour. The album continued the band’s immersion into heavily blues-influenced compositions. The album is noted for its “loose, ramshackle ambience”[151] and marked Mick Taylor’s first full release with the band.[152][153]

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Photo: The Rolling Stones from lf to rt: Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Ron Woods & Keith Richards arrive in Havana, Cuba March 2016.

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