THE ROLLING STONES CHRONICLE

1963
 

We're setting off with soft explosion




    January 1963: Brian Jones starts dating Linda Lawrence. During this year, the adolescent Ron Wood and his
        neighborhood friend guitarist Tony Munroe meet up with bass player Kim Gardner and create an amateur
        group called The Rhythm and Blues Bohemians, rehearsing on their home turf in West Drayton and Yiewsley,
        along with a drummer and vocalist.


January 3-7, 1963: The Rolling Stones, still with Tony Chapman on drums, perform at the Marquee Jazz
    Club, the Red Lion Pub in Surrey, Sandover Hall in Richmond and the Flamingo Jazz Club in London, with,
    depending on the gig, either Colin Golding or Ricky Fenson on bass, or no bass player.


 
January 8 & 10, 1963: The Rolling Stones, with Bill Wyman back, play at the Ealing and the Marquee Jazz
    Clubs in London.


January 11 & 12, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their last concerts with Tony Chapman, at the Ricky Tick
    Club in Windsor and Sandover Hall in Richmond, both in Surrey.

 


January 14, 1963: Bill Wyman is unavailable as the Rolling Stones perform at the Flamingo Jazz Club in
    London, with Ricky Fenson and Carlo Little standing in on bass and drums.

 


January 15, 1963: After getting Charlie Watts to agree to join the group, he performs with the Rolling Stones,
    along with Bill Wyman, for the first time, at the Ealing Jazz Club in London.

 

   
Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts & Ian Stewart: Charlie in the Stones

Keith: The R&B thing started to blossom and we had Charlie playing on the bill with us in a club, there were two bands on. Charlie was in the other band. He'd left Korner and was with the same cats Brian had said fuck off to about 6 months before. We did our set and Charlie was knocked out by it. You,re great man, he says, but you need a fucking good drummer. So we said, Charlie, we can't afford you, man. Because Charlie had a job and just wanted to do weekend gigs... So he said, OK, and told the other band to fuck off, I'm gonna play with these guys.

Mick: We all thought Charlie was very kind of hip, because of his jackets and shirts. Because he was working in an advertising agency, he was very different. It was good for the band to have someone who was sort of sharp.. We must have convinced him that what we played wasn't rock and roll.

Charlie: I practiced at home to jazz records all the time. The only rock and roll I ever listened to was after the Stones turned me on to it. I used to like Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley and from there I went on to, who's that guy (Roy Orbison), Ooh Poo Pah Doo, and slowly I got on to hearing how good the early Elvis records were... When I joined the Rolling Stones I used to sit around, and Keith and Brian taught me Jimmy Reed. They used to play it all the time; we used to do a lot of those numbers. So I learned it through them... If you're talking about sort of rural blues, Chicago blues, no, I didn't know any of them, really...  Without Chuck Berry I don't think music would be where it is today. That's how great he is, but I owe that all to Keith. He taught me to appreciate something like Havana Moon more than Johnny B. Goode.

Ian: With Charlie we were thinking about the atmosphere  in the band. In the early days I thought Keith might be  an awkward person to get to know. I'd watch Keith with other people, and he always seemed to back away  a bit. But he and Charlie were a fuckin' comedy team. They had a dual sense of humor.

Mick: We had the advantage that Keith and I both get along  very well with Charlie. The fact that there's three of us who get along so well is very important.

Charlie: When Mick was at school, Keith and Brian would always play... I was living (with them) at this rent-free house, just hanging out. But I was lucky because I had somewhere to go. Twice a week I'd go home. But they really were amazing days. Brian and Keith would sit and play Jimmy Reed all day long. I knew it BACKWARD.

(F)rom Cyril and Alexis - a baptism of fire - it was a natural thing to sit and listen to Jimmy Reed with Keith and Brian for days on end. When I joined the and, this is what we did. We used to start with Jimmy Reed and end with Bo Diddley. There's Brian doing rhythm and Keith playing the lead on the Bo Diddley stuff usually.



Charlie Watts (2011): Ian Stewart's influence

If it wasn't for Ian Stewart, I don't think I'd be in the Stones. I found out years and years late it was Stu that kept pushing to get me in the band. I was playing with (Ron Wood)'s brother Art or someone, so at the time I was not aware of all this.




January 17, 1963: The fully-formed Rolling Stones perform at the Marquee Jazz Club in London.

 
January 18, 1963: The Rolling Stones play the Red Lion Pub in Sutton, Surrey, with Colin Golding replacing
    Bill Wyman.


January 19 & 21, 1963: Ricky Fenson and Carlo Little replace again Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts as the
    Rolling Stones play Sandover Hall and the Flaming Jazz Club.


January 22-23, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Ealing and the Red Lion Pub.


January 26, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform a concert for the last time with Ricky Fenson and Carlo Little
     at the Ealing Jazz Club.


January 28 & 31, 1963: The Rolling Stones play at the Flamingo and the Marquee Jazz Clubs. They are not
    hired back at the Marquee because of the higher fee they're asking as a result of progressively greater
    attendance.



February 1963: Impresario Giorgio Gomelsky develops an interest in the Rolling Stones and becomes
    their unofficial manager.


    February 1963: Liverpool's The Beatles reach No. 1 in England with their second single, Please Please Me,
        thereby spawning the
"British beat boom".


February 1-2, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Red Lion Pub and the Ealing Jazz Club.


February 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time at the Harringay Jazz Club at the Manor
    House Pub in London.

 
Charlie Watts (2011): Becoming a Rolling Stone

Then I was asked to join the Rolling Stones. It was another band to join. I was in about three of them. No work (laughs), but I was asked to play in three bands.  But once I joined the Rollin' Stones, as we were called then, I went to live with them and that's when I formed an impression of them. 'Cause I used to stay in London instead of going all the way back home, I used to hang out. We'd rehearse a lot. They - Brian and Keith - never went to work, so we played records all day, in that rather bohemian life. Mick was at university. But he paid the rent.



Bill Wyman (1990): The early outcast

You had to be strong to join the Stones. The faint-hearted or ultrasensitive would not have stood the gibes that poured from Mick and Keith. From the minute I joined I realized they had to have someone to poke fun at, not always in a humorous way, often spiteful and hurtful. They HAD to have a scapegoat or a guinea-pig and in the early days it was me, followed by Brian. This could range from the color socks I wore, which they went on about all the time, to the jackets I bought, the cigarettes I smoked, the drinks I drank. And they always made fun of me for liking rock & roll. Jerry Lee Lewis, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley - I grew up loving the music of these people. The Stones won me over to the blues, but I didn't suddenly take a dislike to straight American pop. They laughed about it all the time, couldn't believe they had recruied a player who was right for the Stones but who liked "white" rock & roll.



 
February 8-9, 1963: The Rolling Stones play the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor and at the Ealing



February 14-23, 1963: The Rolling Stones are by now engaged in regular residencies at different clubs, and
    play seven shows at various intervals the Harringay Jazz Club, the Red Lion Pub and the Ealing Jazz Club.



February 24, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first gig at the Station Hotel in Richmond, Surrey.
 
 
Keith Richards: Club gigs in 1963

That was it. When we got Charlie, that really made it for us. We started getting a lot of gigs. Then we got that Richmond gig with Giorgio Gomelsky and that built up to an enormous scene. In London, that was the place to be every Sunday night. At the Richmond Station Hotel... Most of our gigs were basically West London - Kingston, Richmond, Eel Pie Island. In town on Sundays at Ken Colyer's 51 Club, in Charing Cross Road, and there'd be odd gigs in the East End, like Dalston, still some of the World War II spirit.




March 2, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their last concert at the Ealing Jazz Club in London.


March 3-8, 1963: The Rolling Stones start developing a substantial following through their London and
    Surrey club gigs. During this week, they perform at Studio 51, the Station Hotel in Richmond, the Red Lion
    Pub, the Harringay Jazz Club and the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor.


 
March 9, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first concert at the Wooden Bridge Hotel in Guildford,
    Surrey.


March 10, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform both at Studio 51 and Richmond's Station Hotel.
 
 
March 11, 1963: The Rolling Stones record demos of five songs at IBC Studios in London, with engineer and
    producer Gly Johns: Diddley Daddy,
Baby What's Wrong, Bright Lights Big City, Road Runner and I Want to
    Be Loved
.
 


March 14-24, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform eight shows at the Harringay Jazz Club, the Red Lion Pub,
    Studio 51, the Station Hotel and the Ricky Tick Club.


March 29-April 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones continue building a fan base and reputation through their
    London and Surrey performances. During this spell, they perform seven shows at the Ricky Tick Club, the
    Wooden Bridge Hotel, Studio 51, the Station Hotel and the Red Lion Pub.


 
Keith Richards: Destroying the London jazz club scene

Singlehandedly, we discover we've stabbed Dixieland jazz to death (in London), it's really just collapsed, all because of us. Brian was so pleased to see the last jazz band disband and us taking over the clubs, it was his happiest, proudest moment.




April 14, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Studio 51 and then for the first time at the newly-named
    Crawdaddy Club at
the Station Hotel in Richmond. The Beatles, invited by Giorgio Gomelsky, visit the
    group and
meet them for the first time.
 
 

Bill Wyman, Giorgio Gomelsky, Ian Stewart & Keith Richards: The Stones' stage style and the Crawdaddy Club

Bill: We weren't a pop band, we just got together and played the blues music we liked to play. And if we  could play in front of a few people who liked it - well, that was the ultimate at that time... We didn't even face the audience. We used to take stools with us, these old rusty metal stools, and we'd sit on these and never face the audience, let alone play it... We used the harmonica a lot back then - in a different way than the Beatles did on Love Me Do - and maracas, tambourines and that Bo Diddley jungle rhythm format. We tried to get that really earthy thing because we liked it. It wasn't fake. It wasn't pseudo. It was really down to earth and very, VERY exciting.

Giorgio Gomelsky: (The Stones) played their shit. Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, things that weren't too difficult. But they were playing with guts and conviction. They were playing blues, but they weren't an academic blues band. The Rolling Stones were more like a rebellion... (It) was a ritual thing, and the Stones were nothing but ritual, really. In the end (at the Crawdaddy Club) people just went berserk...

Stu: The Station Hotel was the most important thing 'cause it was at the Station Hotel that you really started seeing excitement. It was at Richmond that they finally started to get up off their backsides and move, within 2 months they were swinging off the rafters. But the Station Hotel lasted about 10 weeks, because they wanted to pull the place down, and it's still standing there yet. It had a very low ceiling, with girders, so of course they're leaping about among the girders, they're going barmy.

Charlie: At Richmond we became sort of a cult, in a way. Not because of us, it just happens... There were so many people, and because there was no room to dance they used to invent ridiculous dances. There was no room for Mick to dance onstage and he used to just wiggle his arse, which sort of made... I don't know, but... it was lovely... I mean the Crawdaddy was like - it  was nice to have a dance. It was nice to be there, and the Crawdaddy was always like that. That was really the best time for response of them all. I mean, it got a bit wearing, if you did the same set, and you knew at a certain time everything would explode. And sure enough it always did, and it always ended up in an absolute... gyrating... riot.



Keith Richards (2016): The Beatles opening the door for the Rolling Stones

Our ambition was to be this really hip, cool blues - the best blues band in London. That was the size of the ambition...  Until suddenly: boom! Probably the Beatles obviously had a lot to do with this... (W)ithout them we would have been totally unacceptable on a mass basis. They opened (the door) and once that happened the floodgates opened. They surprised us. Cause we thought we were the only guys in the country... And a bunch of guys in Liverpool! Actually they were a vocal group but at the same time another band into rhythm and blues. It was like a revelation to us. And in fact we were a revelation to them.


 
Keith Richards & Mick Jagger: The Stones' reactions to the Beatles

Keith: Brian wanted to be a pop star the minute he saw the Beatles. He got left behind in the crush and someone asked him for his autograph... Success went to Brian's head immediately. And the more successful we became, the more he thought it interfered with his compatibility with the band, the more he thought he was involved in a competition with me and Mick.

Mick: Keith liked the Beatles because he was quite interested in their chord sequences. He also liked their harmonies, which were always a slight problem to the Rolling Stones. Keith always tried to get the harmonies off the ground but they always seemed messy. What we never really got together were Keith and Brian singing backup vocals. It didn't work, because Keith was a better singer and had to keep going, oooh, ooh ooh (laughs). Brian liked all those oohs, which Keith had to put up with. Keith was always capable of much stronger vocals than ooh ooh ooh.




April 19, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform again at the Wooden Bridge Hotel in Guildford.
 

April 20-21, 1963: The Rolling Stones record and perform two songs at R. G. Jones Studios in Morden, south
    London, then at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, for an unreleased Georgio Gomelsky-helmed film about
    London's R&B scene.


April 23, 1963: The Rolling Stones, with Ricky Fenson and Carlo Little (for the last time) replacing Bill
    Wyman and Charlie Watts who are unavailable, audition for BBC radio at BBC Studios in Maida Vale. They
    fail the audition.
 


April 24, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first gig at Eel Pie Island in Twickenham, southwest
    London.
 

April 26, 1963: The Rolling Stones play the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor.


April 28, 1963: The Rolling Stones play both Studio 51 in London and the Crawdaddy Club. Andrew Oldham
    and Eric Easton present themselves to the group
and start discussing management possibilities.
 
  
May 1, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Eel Pie Island again, then meet up with Andrew Oldham and Eric
    Easton, who ask that Ian Stewart
step down from the official line-up, which they accept. Ian stays on as
    road manager.

 
 
Mick Jagger: Ian Stewart left out

It was obvious that Ian Stewart didn't fit the picture. He was still playing piano when we wanted him to; he didn't play on everything, anyway, because we were playing electrical instruments and he was playing an unamplified upright piano in a noisy club. You couldn't heart it. I'm not dissing him as though he wasn't part of the whole thing, but there were a lot of numbers which he didn't play on. It was plain that Ian didn't want to be a pop singer.



 
May 3, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Ricky Tick Club.


May 4, 1963: The Rolling Stones shoot their first photo session.
 
 
May 5, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform again at Studio 51 and the Crawdaddy Club. Dick Rowe of Decca
    Records witnesses the group in concert.

 

May 6, 1963: The Rolling Stones sign a management contract with Andrew Oldham and Eric Easton.
 
 
Keith Richards: Andrew Oldham

(Andrew Oldham became our first manager). He didn't have the talent, really. He didn't have the talent for what he wanted to be. He could hustle people and thre's nothing wrong with hustling... He had a genius for getting things through the media. Before people really knew what media was, to get messages through without people knowing.




May 8, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Eel Pie Island. Andrew Oldham signs the group to a 3-year
    recording contract with Decca Records.

 
 
May 10, 1963: The Rolling Stones record the two sides of their first single at Olympic Sound Studios in
    London.
 
 
Keith Richards: Choosing "Come On" as a single

We were always doing other people's material but (with Come On) we thought we'd have a go at that - Oh, it sounds catchy. And it worked out. At the time it was done just to get a record out. We never wanted to hear it. The idea was Andrew's - to get a strong single so they'd let us make an album which back then was a privilege.



May 11-15, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at a "Star Gala" in Battersea Park in London, followed by gigs
    at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy Club and Eel Pie Island.



May 16, 1963: The Rolling Stones try an unsuccessful re-recording of their first single at Decca Studios in
    London.



May 17-June 7, 1963: As part of their ongoing residencies, the Rolling Stones play thirteen gigs at the
    Wooden Bridge Hotel, Studio 51, the Crawdaddy Club, Eel Pie Island and the Ricky Tick Club.

 

 
June 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones' first single, Come On, is released in the UK.
 
 
 
 




June 9-19, 1963: The Rolling Stones play nine shows at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy Club, Eel Pie Island and
    the Ricky Tick Club.


June 20, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Scene Club in London for the first time. 


June 22-28, 1963: The Rolling Stones play six gigs at the Wooden Bridge Hotel, Studio 51, Eel Pie Island,
    the Scene Club and the Ricky Tick Club.
    
 
June 30, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time at the new Crawdaddy Club, relocated at the
    Athletic Grounds in
Richmond.


Charlie Watts (2015): Becoming popular

(At first i)t was just another band that I was going to be in for three months or three years. I got the sense that this was special a little bit in, say, three months, especially with the audiences' reactions to Mick, Brian and Keith. We'd play these small clubs and it was easy to see the crowd's reaction. Sunday was a big day for the Rolling Stones. We used to leave Edith Grove and do the afternoon thing at Ken Colyer's (Studio 51) in Leicester Square, which got boiling hot and mad after a few weeks. Then we'd pile in the van to Richmond and play there. That was something else, especially when we moved from the (Station Hotel) pub to the Athletic Club.



 
July 1-5, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Studio 51, Eel Pie Island, the Scene Club and the Ricky Tick
    Club.


 
July 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first television appearance, promoting their first single, on
    British TV's Thank Your
Lucky Stars., filmed in Birmingham.
 
 
July 8, 1963: The Rolling Stones play Studio 51.


July 9, 1963: The Rolling Stones hold a recording session at Decca Studios in London, recording the song
    Fortune Teller.

 


July 10-12, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform two concerts at Eel Pie Island and their last at the Scene Club.

 
July 13, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first gig outside the London area, at the Outlook Club in
    Middlesbrough in Yorkshire.  (Note: Not the Alcove Club as usually stated in Stones tomes; thanks to fan Christopher Bailey,
    who was there.)


July 14-15, 1963: The Rolling Stones play three gigs at Studio 51 and the Crawdaddy.


 
July 16, 1963: In search of their next single, the Rolling Stones hold another session at Decca Studios in
    London,
  recording a first version of Poison Ivy.

 
July 17-18, 1963: The Rolling Stones play Eel Pie Island then hold rehearsals at the Wetherby Arms Pub.


July 20, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first ballroom gig, slowly breaking out of their strict Greater
    London club residency regimen, at the Corn Exchange in
Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.


July 21-26, 1963: The Rolling Stones play give shows at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy, Eel Pie Island and the
    Ricky Tick Club, the last on Mick Jagger's 20th birthday.



July 27, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform another out-of-town ballroom gig, at the California Ballroom in
    Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

 

July 28-August 2, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform another six club gigs at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy, the
     Ricky Tick Club, Eel Pie Island and the Wooden Bridge Hotel (their last).



    August 1963: Bill Wyman quits his day job. Pat Andrew gives up on Brian Jones, who is dating Linda
        Lawrence
.
 

August 3, 1963: The Rolling Stones play their first concert in Horsham, Sussex, at St. Leonard's Hall.


August 4-7, 1963: The Rolling Stones play five gigs at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy, the Ricky Tick Club, Eel
    Pie Island, as well as Botwell house in Hayes, west London, for the first time.


 
August 8, 1963: At Decca Studios in London, the Rolling Stones record songs that will feature on their first
    EP, including
Bye Bye Johnnie and You Better Move On. They also rehearse at Wetherby Arms Pub.

 
August 9-10, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform again at the California Ballroom in Dunstable, then do their
    concerrts in Birmingham, at the Plaza Theatre Handsworth and the Plaza Ballroom Old Hill.


 
August 11, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the 3rd National Jazz Festival on the Athletic Association
    Ground in Richmond, Surrey (site of the Crawdaddy Club).

 
   
August 12-16, 1963: In addition to regular gigs at Studio 51 and Eel Pie Island, the Rolling Stones venture
    out for shows at the Town Hall in High Wycombe (Buckinghamshire), the Dreamland Ballroom in Margate
    (Kent) and the Winter Gardens in Banbury (Oxfordshire). In Banbury, Mick Jagger guests onstage with
    Georgie Fame and the Blue Fames (at The Gaff) and The Astranaughts.
 
   
August 17-21, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Memorial Hall in Northwich (Cheshire) and the
    Atalanta Ballroom in Woking, Surrey, in addition to regular gigs at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy, the Ricky
    Tick Club and Eel Pie Island.


August 23, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their single again on their second ever (UK) television
    appearance, on
Ready, Steady, Go!



August 24-28, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Il Rondo Ballroom in Leicester (Leicestershire), before
    doing five more gigs at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy, the Ricky Tick Club and Eel Pie Island, the last two
    without Brian Jones for the first time.
The Rolling Stones' planned second UK single release on August
    26, Poison Ivy/
Fortune Teller, is withdrawn.


August 29-30, 1963: The Rolling Stones make their first appearance on Manchester's UK TV program Scene
    at 6.30, then perform at the Oasis Club in Manchester.  
    

August 31, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform their first ever concert outside of England, at the Royal Lido
    Ballroom in Prestatyn, Wales.
 
  
September 1963: Approximate time when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards start writing songs together.
 
 
    September 1963: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards move into an apartment together in West Hampstead,
        London.
Chrissie Shrimpton moves in with them, who is dating Mick. Brian Jones leaves Edith Grove and
        moves into Linda Lawrence's parents' house in Windsor. Sixteen-year-old Ron Wood starts attending the
        Ealing School of Art.


September 1-4, 1963: The Rolling Stones play four gigs at Studio 51, the Crawdaddy Club and the Ricky Tick
        Club.


September 5-7, 1963: The Rolling Stones, without Brian Jones, travel to concerts at the Strand Palais in
    Walmer (Kent), the Grand Hotel Balalroom in Lowestoft (Suffolk) and the King's Hall in Aberyswyth in
    Wales.



September 8, 1963: The Rolling Stones make their second appearance on British TV's Thank Your
    Lucky Stars, filmed in Birmingham.

 
September 9-10, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Studio 51 and the Ricky Tick Club. On the second day,
    John Lennon and Paul McCartney join a Rolling Stones rehearsal and teach them
I Wanna Be Your Man.
 

 
September 11-14, 1963: After a gig at Eel Pie Island, the Rolling Stones perform again at the California
    Ballroom in Dunstable and both the Plaza Ballroom Old Hill and the Ritz Ballroom
Kings Heath in
    Birmingham.


September 15, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at a prestigious concert called The Great Pop Prom at the

    Royal Albert Hall in London. It is the first joint performance with the Beatles, who close the show. They
    then perform again at the Crawdaddy Club.


September 16-21, 1963: The Rolling Stones play Studio 51 and Eel Pie Island, as well as shows at the
    British Legion Hall in Harrow-on-the-Hill, London, St. John's Hall in Watford (Hertfordshire), the Savoy
    Ballroom in Southsea (Hampshire) and the Palais in Peterborough (Northamptonshire).

 
 
September 22, 1963: The Rolling Stones play Studio 51 then perform their last ever gig at the Crawdaddy
    Club in Richmond.

 
 
September 23, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time on the BBC radio program Saturday Club
    in London. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts also tape an appearance backing Bo Diddley.


 
September 24-25, 1963: The Rolling Stones play Studio 51 and then perform their last concerts at the Ricky
    Tick Club and Eel Pie Island.



September 27-28, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at the Floral Hall Ballroom in Morecambe in Lancashire
    then at the Assembly Hall in Walthamstow in north London.



September 29-October 6, 1963: The Rolling Stones embark on their first ever tour, a package tour of British
    theaters (the Odeon and Gaumont chain mostly) headlined by the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley, with
    Little Richard eventually being added. There are two shows a day and the tour opens with concerts in
    London proper, Streatham in south London, Edmonton in north London, nearby Guildford, Southend and
    Watford in central England, and Cardiff in Wales. They almost perform an out-of-tour ballroom gig in
    Cambridge.

 
 
October 7, 1963: The Rolling Stones record both sides of their next single, I Wanna Be Your Man, at De Lane
    Lea Studios in London. On the same day, the Stones find out Brian Jones is earning a higher salary for
    supposedly being the "leader" of the group.
   
 
Ian Stewart & Keith Richards: Brian starts digging his grave

Ian: When we started playing outside London, Brian said, I'm the leader of the group and I think I'll stay at the best hotel. All the rest of you can stay in a cheaper hotel. Of course, the rest of the Stones just laughed at him, and that was it from then on. It was all over for him as the leader. He started to isolate himself because of this attitude.

Keith: He had an arrangement with (Eric) Easton, that as leader of the band he was entitled to this extra payment. Everybody freaked out. That was the beginning of the decline of Brian. We said, Fuck you...



 
October 8-13, 1963: The Rolling Stones continue the tour in Brian Jones' hometown Cheltenham, as well as
    Worcester, Wolverhampton and Derby in central England, then Doncaster and Liverpool in the north.

   
 
    October 14, 1963: On a day off, the Rolling Stones catch the James Bond movie From Russia With Love in
        Liverpool.
 
 
October 15-16, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform two extracurricular gigs at the City Hall in Kingston-upon-
    Hull in Yorkshire, then resume the tour in Manchester.
 
 
Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts: Getting mobbed

Mick:      Someone said to me, the other day, he said, When did you first get MOBBED? (Cackles) You remember that word?

Charlie:   Yeah...

(Ron Wood walks in.)

Woody:   Hi boys.

Mick:       Hi Ronnie, grab a chair... When did you first get mobbed? and I thought, that's funny, I never...   I said, That's a good question, you know. I don't REMEMBER, you know, it was like suddenly -

Bill:         (interrupts) I do.

Mick:       I... Well, Bill, OK... (Laughs with Charlie) God, he remembers EVERYTHING! I'm trying to remember...

Bill:         The first time we got mobbed - (Mick breaks up again) - was about...

Mick:      (interrupts) I gotta tell what mobbed is, 'cause a lot of people don't know what mobbed is. Mobbed is when a lot of girls run and jump on you and pull your hair out...

Bill:        ...And tear your clothes off...

Mick:     OK, that's what that means...

Charlie:   Where was it?

Mick:      It doesn't happen anymore.

Bill:         It was about a third of the way through the Everly Brothers tour...

Charlie:   REALLY?

Bill:         ...up in the North. It was either in Manchester or Liverpool, one of those where we were actually
                        attacked for the first time when we tried to get out of the theater.

(Long pause, then everyone laughs together.)


 

October 17, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform for the first time in Scotland, in Glasgow as part of the
    Everly Brothers' tour.


October 18-22, 1963: The Rolling Stones continue touring northern-to-central England, with shows in
    Newcastle, Bradford, Hanley and Sheffield.



    October 22, 1963: Mick Jagger informs the London School of Economics he is suspending his studies.
 
   
October 23-31, 1963: The Rolling Stones continue the tour in Nottingham and Birmingham, then head
    south for Taunton, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Southampton, St. Albans and Lewisham in southeast
    London.

 

 
November 1, 1963: The Rolling Stones' second single, I Wanna Be Your Man, is released in the UK.
 
 




     
Mick Jagger: "I Wanna Be Your Man"

We knew (the Beatles) by then and we were rehearsing and Andrew brought Paul and John down to the rehearsal. They said they had this tune, they were really hustlers then. I mean the way they used to hustle tunes was great: Hey Mick, we've got this great song. So they played I Wanna Be Your Man and we thought it sounded pretty commercial, which is what we were looking for, so we did it like Elmore James or something. I haven't heard it for ages but it must be pretty freaky 'cause nobody really produced it... It was completely crackers, but it was a hit and sounded great onstage.




November 1-3, 1963: The Rolling Stones complete the Everly Brothers theatre tour of Great Britain with
    concerts in Rochester (Kent), Ipswich
(Suffolk) and London at the Hammersmith Odeon.
 


November 4-13, 1963: The Rolling Stones continue ballroom and club gigs across England, starting with a
    northern swing through Preston, Liverpool (at the Cavern Club made famous by the Beatles), Leeds,
    Newcastle and Whitley Bay, and then through Crewe, Bath, High Wycombe and Sheffield.


 
November 14, 1963: The Rolling Stones record more songs for their next EP at De Lane Lea Studios in
    London, recording Money, Talkin' 'Bout You and a re-make of Poison Ivy.


November 15-16, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform ballroom gigs in Nuneaton and Coventry in central

    England.

 
November 17, 1963: From Birmingham, the Rolling Stones make their third appearance on British TV's

    Thank Your Lucky Stars, lip-synching to their latest single I Wanna Be Your Man.


November 19-21, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform in Kilburn (northwest London), Richmond and Swindon
    (Wiltshire). In the daytime on the 20th and 21st, at Regent Sound Studios in London, with Andrew
     Oldham producing, they record demos of various Jagger/Richards compositions to give to other artists.


  
Keith Richards & engineer Glyn Johns: Songwriting and a shift of power

Keith: Andrew (Oldham) (that we could write our own songs). The fact that it came up was sheer luck because at that time songwriting was as different to being a guitar player as a bank clerk working in a store, you know. I mean it was a different job. You know, you  had songwriters and - although we were well aware that what we were playing was written by the people who played them in the first place, we hadn't considered seriously that we could do it, you know: I'm lucky enough to have a talent for playing the guitar a bit, don't pile up on the optimism and be songwriters as well. But really it's a case of necessities, the mother of invention. You know when you run out of material, you come up with it. If you don't, you know... we wouldn't be talking now (laughs).... (T)hat's why I take my hat off to Andrew. He had no idea, but it was worth a try, and it worked. In that little kitchen Mick and I got hung up about writing songs... We were writing these terrible pop songs (that we gave to other artists) that were becoming Top 10 hits. I thought, What are we doing here playing the fucking blues, and writing these horrible pop songs and getting very successful? They had nothing to do with us, except we wrote 'em. 

Mick and I being songwriters affected Brian a lot. It took Brian a long time to come to terms with that because it was very early on. After that he never regained any sort of status. He lost more and more interest as he went along.

Glyn Johns: (Andrew Oldham pushing Mick and Keith into songwriting) really caused Brian to be left behind. Until that time Brian was pretty much the group's spokesman and had some very good musical ideas. A lot of Stones records were built of riffs, and Brian invariably played those riffs. Then Mick and Keith were encouraegd to write and sell their songs and the whole balance of power shifted to them. They and Andrew took over directing the band.


 

November 22, 1963: From London, the Rolling Stones make their second appearance on British TV's Ready,
    Steady,
Go!. Backstage, they hear of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. They then perform at
     the Greenwich Town Hall.

 
 
November 23-December 5, 1963: The Rolling Stones play three shows in the London area, then move on to
    perform at twelve ballroom and concert hall venues across northern and central England, including Luton,
    Warrington, Altrincham, Wigan, Northwich, Umrston, Stoke-on-Trent, Manchester, Tamworth, Southport,
    Doncaster and Worcester.


    December 1963: By this time, 16-year-old Ron Wood's group has been renamed The Thunderbirds, which now
        includes vocalist Ali MacKenzie and drummer Bob Langham, and they perform Saturday nights at the Community
        Center in Yiewsley, playing R&B, Motown and covers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.



December 6-8, 1963: Closer to home, the Rolling Stones perform in Romford, Croydon and Reading. On the
    6th or 9th, they also record new Jagger/Richards demos at Regent Sound Studios.

 

December 11-13, 1963: The Rolling Stones head north to play concert halls and ballrooms in Bradford and
    Liverpool agains, and then on to Hereford.

 

December 14-17, 1963: The Rolling Stones are back in Surrey and Buckinghamshire, playing in Epsom,
    Guildford and High Wycombe. On the 14th, they also visit sick children in a hospital.

   
 
December 18-19, 1963: On Keith Richards' 20th birthday, the Rolling Stones perform at the Corn Exchange
    in Bristol, then head back to London to perform on a never-aired BBC TV program.


December 20-21, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform ballroom gigs in Winchester in Hampshire, and in
    Baldock, Hertfordshire.
 

 
December 22 & 24, 1963: The Detours (the future Who) are the opening act for the Rolling Stones at their
    concert at St. Mary's Hall in Putney, London. The Rolling Stones then travel to play in Leek in
    Staffordshire.

 

    
December 26-27, 1963: The Rolling Stones are back in London, playing at Selby's Restaurant, then doing
    another appearance on UK TV's Ready, Steady, Go!, followed by a concert in nearby Reading.
 
 
December 28 & 30, 1963: The Rolling Stones perform at Club Noreik in Tottenham, London, then play their
    last ever gig at Ken Colyer's Jazz Club at Studio 51.

 
 
December 31, 1963: The Rolling Stones close the year with a concert at Drill Hall in Lincoln in east central
    England.

 
 






 
 
 
 
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