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Mick Jagger’s birthday Birthday July 26th
The Rolling Stones- The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. In the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US from 1964–65 and symbols of rebellious youth, the Rolling Stones were also instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll, and of changing the international focus of blues culture to the more primitive blues typified by John Lee Hooker and by Chess Records artists such as Muddy Waters, writer of "Rollin' Stone", the song after which the band is named. American music critic Robert Palmer said the Rolling Stones' "remarkable endurance" stems from being "rooted in traditional verities, in rhythm-and-blues and soul music" while "more ephemeral pop fashions have come and gone".
They have released twenty-four studio albums, eleven live albums and numerous compilations. Sticky Fingers (1971) was their first of eight consecutive number one studio albums in the United States. In 2008 the Rolling Stones ranked 10th on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists" chart.
The first settled line-up had Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Ian Stewart on piano, Mick Jagger on lead vocals and harmonica, Keith Richards on guitar and backing vocals, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums. Jones left the band about two weeks prior to his death in 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor, who was replaced by Ronnie Wood in 1975. Wyman left in 1993. Since Wyman's departure, bassist Darryl Jones has been a collaborator rather than an actual bandmember. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates in Dartford, Kent until the Jaggers moved to Wilmington. Jagger had formed a garage band with Dick Taylor, mainly playing Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley songs. Jagger became reacquainted with Keith Richards in 1960 at Dartford railway station. The Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records Jagger had in his hands revealed a mutual interest and prompted their musical partnership. Richards joined Jagger and Taylor at frequent meetings at Jagger's house. The meetings switched to Taylor's house in late 1961, where the three were joined by Allen Etherington and Bob Beckwith. The five adopted the moniker the Blue Boys.
In March 1962, the Blue Boys read about the Ealing Jazz Club in newspaper Jazz News and visited the place on 7 April 1962. The band members met Brian Jones there, as he sat in playing slide guitar with Alexis Korner's seminal London rhythm and blues band, Blues Incorporated, the band that also had future Rolling Stones members Ian Stewart and Charlie Watts. Before visiting the Ealing Jazz Club, the Blue Boys had sent a tape of their best recordings to Alexis Korner, with which Korner was left impressed. After their meeting with Korner, Jagger and Richards started jamming with Blues Incorporated. Brian Jones had decided to start a band of his own, and placed an advertisement in Jazz News. Ian Stewart found a practice space and joined with Jones and to start a rhythm and blues band playing Chicago blues. Shortly thereafter, Jagger, Taylor and Richards left Blues Incorporated to join Jones and Stewart in their effort. Also at the first rehearsal were guitarist Geoff Bradford and vocalist Brian Knight, both of whom declined to join the band citing objections to playing the Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs preferred by Jagger and Richards. In June 1962 the line-up was: Jagger, Jones, Richards, Stewart, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. According to Richards, Jones christened the band during a phone call to Jazz News. When asked for a band name Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor of which one of the tracks was "Rollin' Stone”.
The Rolling Stones – (I CAN’T GET NO) SATISFACTION - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is a song by The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards' throwaway three-note guitar riff – intended to be replaced by horns – opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism. The song was first released as a single in the United States in June 1965 and also featured on the American version of “Out of Our Heads”, released that July. "Satisfaction" was a hit, giving the Stones their first number one in the US. In the UK, the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive. Richards recorded the rough version of the riff in a hotel room. He ran through it once before falling asleep. He said when he listened back to it in the morning, there was about two minutes of acoustic guitar before you could hear him drop the pick and "then me snoring for the next forty minutes". The Rolling Stones first recorded the track on 10 May 1965 at Chess Studios in Chicago – a version featuring Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff. Richards envisioned redoing the track later with a horn section playing the riff: "this was just a little sketch, because, to my mind, the fuzz tone was really there to denote what the horns would be doing." The other Rolling Stones, as well as manager Andrew Loog Oldham and sound engineer Dave Hassinger eventually outvoted Richards and Jagger so the track was selected for release as a single. The song's success boosted sales of the Gibson fuzzbox so that the entire available stock sold out by the end of 1965. Taken from the CD “Still Life”, 1982.
The Rolling Stones – BITCH - "Bitch" is a song by The Rolling Stones from their 1971 album “Sticky Fingers”. One of the more popular numbers on Sticky Fingers, "Bitch" had more than enough hooks to make it as a hit single, though it was only used as a B-side (to "Brown Sugar"). Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "Bitch" was recorded during October 1970 at London's Olympic Studios, and at Stargroves utilizing the Rolling Stones Mobile studio. This version was recorded at Philadelphia’s Spectrum Sports Arena, 7/20/72. Unreleased.
The Rolling Stones – IT’S ONLY ROCK AND ROLL (BUT I LIKE IT) - "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" is the lead single from The Rolling Stones' 1974 album “It's Only Rock 'n Roll”. Recorded in late 1973 and completed in the spring of 1974, "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" is credited to the Rolling Stones songwriting team Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, although future Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood collaborated with Jagger on it. The song was originally recorded one night in a studio at Wood's house, "The Wick" in Richmond, London. David Bowie was backing singer to Jagger's lead, and Willie Weeks played bass with Kenney Jones on drums. The song on the album is similar to that original recording, with the Stones keeping the original rhythm track. The meaning of the lyrics was summed up by Jagger in the liner notes to the 1993 compilation “Jump Back”; "The idea of the song has to do with our public persona at the time. I was getting a bit tired of people having a go, all that, 'oh, it's not as good as their last one' business. The single sleeve had a picture of me with a pen digging into me as if it were a sword. It was a lighthearted, anti-journalistic sort of thing." Mick also has said that as soon as he wrote it, he knew it was going to be a single. He said it was his answer to everyone who took seriously what he or the band did. According to Keith there was opposition to it being a single but they persisted, saying it had to be the next single. He said that to him "that song is a classic. The title alone is a classic and that's the whole thing about it." This version from the digital only release “Hyde Park Live/2013”.
The Rolling Stones – SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL - "Sympathy for the Devil" is a song by The Rolling Stones which first appeared as the opening track on their 1968 album “Beggars Banquet”. It was written by Mick Jagger and credited to Jagger/Richards. The working title of the song was "The Devil Is My Name", and it is sung by Jagger as a first-person narrative from the point of view of Lucifer. In the 2012 BBC documentary “Crossfire Hurricane”, Jagger stated that his influence for the song came from Baudelaire and from the Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's novel The Master and Margarita (which had just appeared in English translation in 1967). The book was given to him by Marianne Faithfull. This version from the CD “Selections from Shine A Light”, a 2008 documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese documenting The Rolling Stones' 2006 Beacon Theatre performance on their A Bigger Bang Tour.
The Rolling Stones – STREET FIGHTING MAN - "Street Fighting Man" is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album “Beggars Banquet”. Originally titled and recorded as "Did Everyone Pay Their Dues?", containing the same music but very different lyrics, "Street Fighting Man" is known as one of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' most politically inclined works to date. Jagger allegedly wrote it about Tariq Ali after Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's U.S. embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. He also found inspiration in the rising violence among student rioters on Paris's Left Bank, the precursor to May 1968. Taken from the CD ‘Stripped”, The Rolling Stones album released in 1995 during the Voodoo Lounge Tour. The album was a mixture of live recordings from smaller venues and studio recordings - made with no overdubs - of songs mostly from their previous catalogue. The exceptions were Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and Willie Dixon's "Little Baby", neither of which the band released versions of before.
The Rolling Stones w/Florence Welch – GIMME SHELTER - "Gimme Shelter" is a song by The Rolling Stones. It first appeared as the opening track on the band's 1969 album “Let It Bleed”. Although the first word was spelled "Gimmie" on that album, subsequent recordings by the band and other musicians have made "Gimme" the customary spelling. The Rolling Stones first played the song live at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO on 7 November 1969. Greil Marcus, writing in Rolling Stone, once said of it, "The Stones have never done anything better." "Gimme Shelter" was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Richards began working at the song's signature opening riff in London during the period when Jagger was away acting in the film Performance. As released, the churning mid-tempo rocker begins with Richards performing a brooding instrumental guitar intro, soon joined by Jagger's wailing harmonica and subsequent lead vocal. Taken from their performance at London’s O2 Stadium, 11/29/12. Unreleased.
The Rolling Stones w/ Dave Matthews – MEMORY MOTEL - "Memory Motel" is a song from The Rolling Stones' 1976 album “Black and Blue”. A ballad, the song is credited to singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. It is a significant song as it is one of the few which feature both members sharing lead vocals. Jagger began writing the song before beginning the Stones' Tour of the Americas '75 while staying with Richards at Andy Warhol's house in Montauk, and finished it while on tour. This is reflected in the song's lyrics where Jagger describes having to leave for Baton Rouge, where the Stones played two warm up shows at Louisiana State University, and where he describes subsequent experiences on the road. The title comes from an actual motel in Montauk, on Long Island. The lyrics to the song have long drawn speculation as to who the "Hannah baby" was in reference to Annie Liebovitz, who was the Rolling Stones 1975 Tour of the Americas photographer. She spent time with the band during their rehearsals at Andy Warhol's complex near Montauk. Taken from the CD “No Security”, a live album by The Rolling Stones released by Virgin Records in 1998. Recorded over the course of the lengthy 1997–1998 worldwide Bridges to Babylon Tour, it is the band's sixth official full-length live release. Because of the risk of repeating songs recently covered on "Still Life" (American Concert 1981) and “Flashpoint”, The Stones carefully chose songs that had either never been on one of their live releases or had not appeared on a live album for a long time. Of the major hits, "The Last Time", "Respectable", and "Waiting On A Friend" are here, as well as standout album cuts such as "Gimme Shelter", "Sister Morphine", and "Memory Motel". In addition to four tracks from the recent Bridges To Babylon, special guests Taj Mahal and Dave Matthews are featured on “No Security”.
The Rolling Stones w/Jack White – LOVING CUP - "Loving Cup" is a song by The Rolling Stones featured on their 1972 album “Exile on Main St”. An early version of this song, with a completely different piano intro, was recorded between April and July 1969 at Olympic Sound Studios in London, during the “Let It Bleed” sessions. (This version of the song -- or at least part of it, spliced with another outtake -- was released in 2010 on the deluxe remastered release of “Exile on Main St.”) Recording of the version of "Loving Cup" that appears on “Exile on Main St.” started in December 1971 at Los Angeles' Sunset Sound Studios and lasted until March 1972. Mick Jagger performs lead and backing vocals with Keith Richards. Richards and Mick Taylor perform the song's guitars. Bass and drums are provided by Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, respectively. Piano is provided by Stones' recording veteran Nicky Hopkins. Saxophone is by Bobby Keys and both trumpet and trombone are by Jim Price. The album's producer, Jimmy Miller, provides the maracas. It is not known who plays the steel drum."Loving Cup" has been performed sporadically by the Stones since its introduction to their catalogue. It was performed at the Stones' concert in Hyde Park on July 5, 1969, was heard during the 1972 tour of America, and was re-introduced to setlists during the 2002-2003 Licks Tour. It was also performed with Jack White during the 2006 leg of the A Bigger Bang Tour, with this version featured in the Martin Scorsese 2008 documentary film Shine a Light and on the soundtrack album.
The Rolling Stones – HAPPY - "Happy" is the tenth track on The Rolling Stones' 1972 album “Exile on Main St.”. Keith Richards sings lead vocals. Credited to Jagger/Richards, "Happy" was written primarily by Richards in the summer of 1971, at the villa Nellcôte in southern France, over the course of a single afternoon. According to Richards, "We did that in an afternoon, in only four hours, cut and done. At noon it had never existed. At four o'clock it was on tape." The basic tracks were recorded in the Nellcôte basement, using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, with Richards on bass, guitar and vocals, producer Jimmy Miller on drums, and saxophonist Bobby Keys on maracas. Piano by Nicky Hopkins was added later, as were Jim Price's trumpet, Keys' saxophone, Mick Taylor's guitar and the final vocal tracks, including Mick Jagger's backing vocals. Since 1972, Richards has often sung "Happy" in concert and it has become one of his "signature tunes." Performances of the song through 1978 also featured Jagger's vocals during the chorus. This version was taken from a performance at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, TX, 6/24/72. Unreleased.
The Rolling Stones – BEFORE THEY MAKE ME RUN - "Before They Make Me Run" is a song by The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1978 album “Some Girls”. Written by guitarist Keith Richards, the song is a response to his arrest for heroin possession in Toronto in February 1977. The criminal charges and prospect of a prison sentence loomed over the “Some Girls” recording sessions and endangered the future of the Rolling Stones. In the lyrics, Richards reflects unapologetically on his lifestyle up to that point. The line "it's another goodbye to another good friend" in the first verse can be interpreted as referring to Gram Parsons, Richards's close friend who died in 1973 from a drug overdose, and/or to heroin itself: Richards had sought medical treatment for heroin addiction following his arrest in Toronto, and his resolution to overcome his addiction would be a significant factor in his upcoming trial. Originally entitled "Rotten Roll", the song was recorded in a Paris studio in March 1978 during one of Mick Jagger's absences from the Some Girls sessions. The completed track - "a high-energy rock & roller" - features Richards on lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and bass; Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar, slide guitar and backing vocals, Charlie Watts on drums, and Jagger on backing vocals. Richards first performed the song in concert on the The New Barbarians' tour of North America in 1979; it wasn't until the Steel Wheels Tour in 1989 that it entered the Rolling Stones' concert repertoire. Like "Happy", the song has become one of Richards' "signature tunes", performed on most Rolling Stones tours since 1989; he also played it on the X-Pensive Winos' 1992-93 tours promoting his album Main Offender. This version from the digital only release “Hyde Park Live/2013”.
The Rolling Stones – DOOM & GLOOM – Originally appeared on the CD “GRRR!”, a greatest hits album by The Rolling Stones. Released on 9 November 2012, it commemorates the band's 50th anniversary. The album features two new songs titled "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot", which were recorded in August 2012. "Doom And Gloom" peaked at #61 in the UK Charts, #26 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 and #30 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart in October 2012, it and was their first new single since 2006! Rolling Stone magazine named "Doom and Gloom" the eighteenth best song of 2012. Taken from the digital only release “Hyde Park Live/2013”