Category: the Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones performing on Ready Steady Go! at Wembley Studios in London on October 7, 1966.

On this day in music history: August 14, 1981 …

On this day in music history: August 14, 1981 – “Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones is released. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the twenty fifth UK and thirty fifth US single release for the legendary rock band from London, UK. Originally written with the title “Never Stop”, The Rolling Stones record the song formally for the first time in January of 1978 during sessions for the “Some Girls” album. The song is initially recorded with a reggae/rock arrangement, the band cut and re-cut the song numerous times over the next two months. As they fine tune it, the song continues evolve musically and lyrically, taking shape along the way. Finally the band record two takes with a straight ahead rock arrangement. After this, with the song now re-titled “Start Me Up” is briefly considered for inclusion on “Some Girls”, but winds up being shelved when Mick and Keith write “Miss You” which becomes that albums first single. Nearly three years later, when The Rolling Stones are planning a major tour, the band decide to assemble a new album from various outtakes and uncompleted songs they have stock piled over the years. Engineer and co-producer Chris Kimsey finds the incomplete multi-track master for “Start Me Up” in the vault. Upon hearing it, he knows immediately that he has discovered a diamond in the rough. The Rolling Stones reconvene in the studio to add overdubs and record the final vocals between April and June of 1981. The track is mixed by frequent Stones collaborator engineer Bob Clearmountain, giving the track its distinctive punch and polish in the final mix. Issued as the first single from “Tattoo You”, “Start Me Up” is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #61 on August 22, 1981, it peaks at #2 on November 7, 1981 for three weeks, behind Christopher Cross’ “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” and Hall & Oates’ “Private Eyes”. An instant rock anthem, it becomes the opening song on many Rolling Stones tours over the years. In 1995, Microsoft licenses the Stones original recording of  "Start Me Up" (for $3 million) for a series of commercials advertising its then new software operating system Windows 95. It marks the first time The Rolling Stones have allowed anyone to use any of the original versions of their songs to advertise a commercial product, turning down numerous requests in the past. A remixed version of the track is also used in ads by Swiss watchmaker Omega during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. “Start Me Up” also becomes an anthem at sporting events, with the band performing live during the halftime show at Super Bowl XL in 2006.

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Backstage The Top of the PopsThe Rolling Stone…

Backstage The Top of the Pops

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On this day in music history: August 5, 1978 -…

On this day in music history: August 5, 1978 – “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #6 on the Billboard Club Play chart and #33 on the R&B singles chart on July 22, 1978. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the eighth US chart topper for the legendary British rock band. The song is initially inspired while Mick Jagger jams with musician Billy Preston during rehearsals for the bands gig at The El Mocambo Club in Toronto, Canada in March of 1977. The song evolves into its distinctive disco sound when it is recorded at EMI’s Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris in late 1977. The harmonica on “Miss You” is played musician Sugar Blue who is discovered by Ron Wood busking on the streets of Paris. The track is remixed by engineer Bob Clearmountain after Jagger hears Chic’s “Dance, Dance, Dance” one night at Studio 54. Clearmountain goes on the work with The Stones for many years afterward. Issued as the first single from the classic “Some Girls” album on May 10, 1978 (UK release is on May 26, 1978), it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on May 27, 1978, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. The single is also released as a remixed and extended 12" single that also becomes hugely popular and a major seller. “Miss You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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Music photography of the 1960s by Rob Bosboom

Music photography of the 1960s by Rob Bosboom

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Born on this day: July 26, 1943 – Singer, song…

Born on this day: July 26, 1943 – Singer, songwriter and The Rolling Stones frontman Sir Mick Jagger (born Michael Philip Jagger in Dartford, Kent, UK). Happy 76th Birthday, Mick!!

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Mick Jagger photographed by Terry O’Neill, 1964.

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The Rolling Stones at Regent’s Park in London, July 1964.

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On this day in music history: July 11, 1994 – …

On this day in music history: July 11, 1994 – “Voodoo Lounge” the twentieth UK and twenty-second US album by The Rolling Stones is released (US release is on July 12, 1994). Produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins, it is recorded at Sandymount House (Ron Wood Home Recording Studio) in Clane, County Kildare, Ireland, Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland and A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from September, November 3 – December 11, 1993, January 15 – April 23, 1994. Following the highly successful year long Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle world tour, The Rolling Stones take another extended hiatus, to rest from the road, and for Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to work on outside solo projects. By the Fall of 1993, the band reconvene to record a new album, but this time it is without original bassist and co-founding member Bill Wyman. Then 54 years old and the eldest member of The Stones, its officially announced that Wyman has retired from the band. His replacement is bassist Darryl Jones, formerly a sideman for Miles Davis and Sting. Selected by Jagger and Charlie Watts, Jones fills the position vacated by Wyman, but as a hired hand and is not an official member. With their contract with Sony Music ending in 1991, they sign with Virgin/EMI worldwide. Looking to shake things up, they work with producer Don Was, fresh off his recent successes with Bonnie Raitt and The B-52’s. Sessions begin at guitarist Ron Wood’s home studio in County Kildare, Ireland, before moving to Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, then A&M Studios in Hollywood in early 1994. Under Was’ guidance, The Stones revisit the sound of their late 60’s and early 70’s work, but cast in a contemporary context. The end result is one of the strongest albums by The Stones in recent years. It spins off three singles including “Love Is Strong” (#2 Mainstream Rock, #91 Pop) and “Out Of Tears” (#14 Mainstream Rock, #60 Pop). The first single “Love Is Strong” is supported by a memorable black & white video directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button”, “Se7en”), featuring The Rolling Stones as giants making their way around New York City. The clip wins the band their first Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video, winning another Grammy for Best Rock Album in 1995. Surprisingly, they are the first actual Grammy wins of the bands career, having previously only received a Lifetime Achievement Award from NARAS in 1986. The Stones support the album with the “Voodoo Lounge World Tour” from August 1994 – August 1995. Issued on a limited basis on vinyl in 1994, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2018. Currently, the new vinyl reissue is only available as part of “The Rolling Stones – Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016” box set. “Voodoo Lounge” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: July 10, 1965 – …

On this day in music history: July 10, 1965 – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks. Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, it is the first US chart topping single for legendary British rock band. Keith Richards comes up the songs main riff in a motel room in Clearwater, FL when he has trouble getting to sleep. He records the riff on a portable cassette recorder, then drifts off to sleep. The next day he plays the tape for Jagger who immediately comes up with the title and begin writing lyrics. The band record the song at RCA Studios in Hollywood on May 12, 1965. The crowning touch on the song is provided by Keith Richards, with a newly acquired Gibson Maestro Fuzz pedal he buys at Wallichs Music City up the street from the studio just before the session. Richards had initially envisioned the famed fuzz toned riff to be played by a horn section, which had been inspired by Martha  & The Vandellas’ “Dancing In The Street”. Released in late May of 1965, it quickly becomes a smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #67 on June 5, 1965, it shoots to the top of the chart five weeks later. “Satisfaction” is regarded as one of the greatest and most popular rock songs of all time.  The single is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1998, and is also added to the National Recording Registry by The Library Of Congress in 2006. One of The Rolling Stones most widely covered songs, “Satisfaction” is also recorded by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Jerry Lee Lewis , and Britney Spears. In 1977, Devo records a radically revamped version, completely changing the songs original time signature and tempo. The band re-record it for their debut album, when they are signed to Warner Bros. Records.  The Rolling Stones original version is reissued as a limited edition, numbered (up to 14,000 copies) 12" single on July 10, 2015, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the single hitting number one on the US singles chart. It comes packaged in a picture jacket replicating the artwork used on the rare original US 45 picture sleeve. The vinyl also uses the vintage US London orange and white label (used on promotional copies), and features the original mono mixes of “Satisfaction” and the singles US and UK B-sides “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” and “The Spider And The Fly”. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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