3. The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are a rock band from London, England. In the late fifties and early sixties, American blues and rhythm and blues music was virtually unknown in England. The Rolling Stones started as a musical collaboration between like-minded devotees of African-American popular music. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were schoolboy friends who reconnected by chance at a local railway station. Richards was toting a guitar, while Jagger was carrying a few of his prized Chicago blues albums. They began to practice together, and shortly thereafter formed a band.

Brian Jones was a rebellious young man who also fell in love with American blues and jazz music. Though he showed great promise as a student, Jones had little interest in comformity, and dropped out of school. After drifting aimlessly for a couple of years, Jones moved to London to be near the nascent blues and jazz community. In April 1962, Jagger and Richards met Jones at the Ealing Jazz Club, and were impressed by his slide guitar playing. A month later Jones posted an advertisement in the local jazz newsletter to audition for a new rhythm and blues band. Pianist Ian Stewart was the first to respond, with Jagger and Richards quickly following suit. They made their first public appearance in July 1962 with Dick Taylor on bass and Tony Chapman on drums. Within a few months Taylor and Chapman were replaced by the somewhat older Bill Wyman, a relative rock and roll veteran, and the coveted drummer Charlie Watts, coaxed away from Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the top British R&B band at the time, thus forming the original Rolling Stones sextet. Andrew Loog Oldham, who was hired as the band’s business manager, made a number of strategic decisions, including the demotion of Stewart to studio musician and road manager, a role he accepted with grace.

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The Original Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger (b. 1943), vocals, harmonica, guitar, piano, primary songwriter
Keith Richards (b. 1943), guitar, vocals, primary songwriter
Brian Jones (1942-1969), guitar, harmonica, many instruments, vocals
Bill Wyman (b. 1936), bass, vocals
Charlie Watts (b. 1941), drums, percussion
Ian Stewart (1938-1985), piano, organ

Other Full Band Members

Mick Taylor (b. 1949), guitar
Ronnie Wood (b. 1947), guitar, vocals

Major Contributors

Darryl Jones (b. 1961), bass
Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994), piano
Jack Nitzsche (1937-2000), keyboards, producer
Jimmy Miller (1942-1994), drums, producer
Billy Preston (1946-2006), piano, organ
Lisa Fischer (b. 1958), background vocals
Chuck Leavell (b. 1952), keyboards
Bobby Keys (b. 1943), saxophone

Websites, Books and Articles

The Official Rolling Stones Website
The Complete Works Website – An Extensive Rolling Stones Database
Time Is On Our Side – Another Unauthorized Fan Resource

Amazon.com Link to “Life” by Keith Richards
Amazon.com Link to “Rocks Off” by Bill Janovitz

Blog Post About Early, Unreleased Rolling Stones Recordings
“Sixth Stone Gets His Place in History, by Maureen Paton, The Telegraph, April 6, 2011
“The Bittersweet Symphony”, by Rob Chapman, Mojo Magazine, July 1999

The Greatest White R&B Band Ever

“As everybody past infancy should know, the Rolling Stones in their initial incarnation were the greatest white blues and R&B band that ever was. This is not legend; it is fact.”

— Dave Marsh, “The New Rolling Stone Record Guide”

Fond memories from my early days of reading music reviews. Thirty years ago, I took that comment to heart, and went out and bought recently remastered versions of England’s Newest Hitmakers, The Rolling Stones, Now!, 12 X 5 and both of the Hot Rocks compilations on vinyl. At the time it was a grand discovery; memorable cover versions of songs like “Route 66”, “The Red Rooster”, and “Around And Around” explode off the grooves with energy. At this early stage of his career, Keith Richards has rudimentary skills, despite the fact he had committed many of Chuck Berry’s solos to memory. However, he knows how to drive the beat, and is the rare rhythm guitarist who sets the rhythm, while Watts and Wyman take cues from him. Brian Jones is the closest thing to a virtuoso, proficient at both guitar and harmonica. As we all know, Mick Jagger has unusual presence as the band’s lead singer.

Virtually every song the Stones played was written by, or made famous by a black American artist. Therefore, it’s odd that their second and third singles are by white songwriters, Lennon & McCartney’s “I Wanna Be Your Man” and their first #1 (UK) single, Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away”. Perhaps it was the only way to gain widespread recognition. Here they are, performing “Not Fade Away”, from “The Mike Douglas Show” in 1964:

Guitar Weaving

“Keith and Brian used to sit and all day long practice. When they weren’t in bed, they would sit and practice note for note. Every Jimmy Reed song they could hear, every Howlin’ Wolf, Elmore James, Chuck Berry, note for note. And they would do these amazing intricate patterns between the two guitars, one going down the scale and one going up and they would work on it for hours and hours. I mean, they really perfected that.”

– Bill Wyman (taken from the “Time Is On Our Side” website)

Keith Richards referred to this style of guitar interplay as “guitar weaving”, where the roles of lead and rhythm guitarist are not distinct. This is a recurring feature of Rolling Stones songs. There are few guitar solos, usually brief, with the twin guitars seamlessly presenting riffs and fills behind Mick.

A couple of reasonable, early examples are shown below. Bobby Womack’s “It’s All Over Now” is given the Stones treatment at the famous T.A.M.I. show in 1964, followed by the original composition “The Last Time”, Jagger/Richards first good “beat” number, in 1965. On these and other vintage clips from the mid-sixties, the audience can barely contain their enthusiasm, especially the girls, who jump, wave and scream their approval. Very few rock and roll acts elicited this sort of reaction; perhaps the Beatles and Rolling Stones were the only ones who genuinely produced this hysteria. Like the Beatles, many of their live performances could not be heard above the din.

The Decline of Brian Jones

Band manager Andrew Loog Oldham, noting John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s success as songwriters, suggested to Jagger and Richards that they learn how to write songs together. It was a practical request; singing one’s own compositions earns a greater share of royalties. Through hard work they became proficient songwriters, enabling the band to evolve from its rhythm and blues roots and forge its own identity. This frustrated Brian Jones, the band’s founder and best musician in its early years. Though he tried, Jones was unable to write songs, and he grew jealous of the growing importance of Jagger and Richards. As the Rolling Stones’ success grew, Jones began to use drugs heavily and alienate himself from the band.

Oldham marketed the Rolling Stones as a darker, more dangerous alternative to the Beatles’ clean cut image. Fathers, lock up your daughters, the Rolling Stones are coming to town! Whether this affected the songs Jagger and Richards wrote is unclear, but many of the most effective Rolling Stones songs have dark themes. The pill popping housewife in “Mother’s Little Helper”, the submissive girl in “Under My Thumb”, and the mass murderer in “Midnight Rambler” are just three examples that challenged the boundaries of propriety. These disturbing songs increased the band’s notoriety. Until then, pop music had consisted largely of sweet songs of idealistic love. Folk songs with darker themes existed, but typically weren’t selected by the record companies for mass consumption. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan are perhaps most responsible for liberalizing popular music by introducing darker subject matter.

Though undependable and somewhat estranged from the band’s day-to-day activities, Brian Jones continued to make important contributions to studio recordings. Sometimes the band recorded basic tracks without Jones, but encouraged him to add sounds afterwards. Having lost interest in the guitar and harmonica, Jones tinkered with a wide variety of instruments, and made memorable contributions to songs such as “Paint It Black” (sitar), “Backstreet Girl” (accordion) and “Ruby Tuesday” (recorder), among many others. At this stage of their career, the songs were difficult to recreate in live performance, partly because Jones was unreliable, so video clips like this are common, where Jagger sings over a pre-recorded instrumental track.

With full access to a smorgasbord of drugs available to rock musicians, Brian Jones deteriorated dramatically, and within just a few years was useless in both the studio and in concert, and was fired by the band in June, 1969. Three weeks later Jones was found dead in his swimming pool; the official reported states “death by misadventure”, and notes a severely enlarged heart and liver from drug and alcohol abuse. Brian Jones is a fascinating subject in rock history, the first major rock star to die from excess, followed in rapid succession by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, among others. In retrospect, Jones is noteworthy for his near complete lack of empathy, even for himself. He was brilliant, but didn’t care for school. He was proficient at four instruments by age eighteen, but never developed a virtuoso’s ability for any. He fathered three children out of wedlock before he was twenty. Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart disliked him intensely, and though Brian Jones could be charming and fun, every band members thought he was hypersensitive and generally difficult. But he also had profound success with his desire in leading a band, and assembling the Rolling Stones.

Open G Tuning

Mick Taylor joined the band as a second guitarist, recommended by John Mayall after an apprenticeship in the Bluesbreakers. Along with Beggars Banquet, the four album collection of music created between 1968 and 1972 is widely considered the band’s greatest accomplishment:

Beggars Banquet
Let It Bleed
Sticky Fingers
Exile On Main Street

Although additional musicians and instruments are used, the sound is once again grounded in the dual guitar ethic, though the music bears little resemblance to the rhythm and blues they once played. A few blues numbers remain, but they reach deeper into the history of blues for inspiration. The band has an identifiable guitar sound, based on Richards’s use of a five string open G tuning (xGDGBD) he learned from the influential studio guitarist Ry Cooder. These four albums form the core of any Rolling Stones collection, but I consider the three phases of development, from rhythm and blues greats, to the mid-sixties pop singles, evolving into “The Rolling Stones sound”, to be equal in importance and enjoyment. Though musically simple by comparison, the early R&B really rocks, and the accomplishment of driving young women mad with desire can’t be dismissed.

Mick Taylor was accustomed to the role of lead guitar, and during his tenure with the band he and Richards assumed more distinct roles. He provided memorable solos to at least three Stones songs: “Sway”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Time Waits For No One”. Taylor abruptly left in December, 1974, bitter over the lack of songwriting credit for “Time Waits For No One” and other songs. After auditions were held for a replacement, longtime friend Ronnie Wood, originally from The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces, was added as second guitarist, thus completing a “permanent” quintet that recorded and performed together for nearly forty years. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1989. Bill Wyman retired permanently from the demands of Rolling Stones life, but the band continues to make the periodic world tour; the current “14 On Fire” features all remaining band members, plus many of their friends and most important collaborators.

“It’s the right chemistry with Woody. More right than Brian. Mick Taylor is basically the type of guitar player that should be in a band with only one guitar player. Woody’s made for two guitars but hasn’t had the chance till now. Woody’s strength as is mine is to play with another guitar player not the virtuoso clap trap.”

— Keith Richards, “The Rolling Stones: The Gospel According To The Glimmer Twins”, by Barbara Charone

The 1978 World Cup

I finished my second year of college in June, 1978. It was a great time in my life; I was nineteen years old, in love for the first time with my sweetheart from Mill Valley, California. I enjoyed my general studies, before having to pick a major diminished my interest. I was a fixture on the varsity basketball team, spending my second year as a practice player for a very good team, before earning my spot on the playing squad the following three years. I was healthy and leggy and carefree, and about to experience a memorable evening in my life.

My father worked for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), a high energy physics lab affiliated with Stanford University, and as one the lab’s top administrators and technical writers, Dad was invited in 1978 to visit four European physics labs involved in particle physics research. Dad saw an opportunity to expand his children’s boundaries, and fashioned a two week trip that started in Abingdon, England, and concluded in Hamburg, Germany. It was our first time outside the country for my sister and me — we went to the photo shop, and then the post office to have passports made for the big vacation.

The opening two day stay in England was uneventful, except for the fact I became the designated driver, as Dad did not adjust well to driving on the left side of the road. After hitting the curb three times in fifteen minutes, the change was made. While Dad worked there was little to do, so it was a welcome change when our next destination was Amsterdam, Holland. It was June 25th, and what a glorious place it was. Beautiful old roads and buildings, with little bridges over canals used for transport, a place where most people walked to get around. As a “flatlander” from the Bay Area, it was hard to believe people traveled by canal. We checked into the hotel, and walked around town to see the sights. We visited the Van Gogh Museum. I visaited a record store and purchased a two album Louis Armstrong compilation, too.

We Are The Champions

In one of my life’s greatest coincidences, we arrived in Amsterdam on the night of the 1978 World Cup Final, and the Netherlands was in the championship match. Considered soccer’s greatest championship, the World Cup is held every four years in a different country, similar to the Olympics. In 1978, the host was Argentina, and as fate would have it, the host team was the other team in the final match. The hotel informed us of the upcoming event, and after a walk around town, we settled in with a dozen or more guests in the lounge to watch the game on the hotel’s black and white television. The game was close, tied at one apiece after regulation time. Argentina scored two goals in the overtime period to win the World Cup by a score of 3-1.

The game ended at dusk, and I headed back into town, perhaps to find a bar to have a beer. The age limit for drinking was fifteen or sixteen, and this was be my first chance ever to have a drink in a public establishment. My sister was fifteen; I didn’t ask her to join me. We were never very close, and she was too young. Besides, I wanted to go by myself. On my way back into town, I was stopped once by a young brown-skinned man, who approached and asked me in broken English if I wanted to get high. “You want trips? You want to get high? Come with me, just around the corner.” And though I was smoking on a regular basis at home, I was smart enough to recognize the danger, say no and move on. Just a few hundred yards from the hotel was a centrally located bar. I went in and ordered a Heineken. Heinekens were brewed right there in Amsterdam, and cost seventy cents apiece. The bar started to fill up with people.

Dutch people can speak a bit of English; of course I knew nothing about the Dutch language. I managed an awkward conversation with a young lady about my age. She showed no interest or affection for me, but was kind and patient, and was surrounded her own friends for substantial conversation. The bar turned up the music. More people showed up. It was getting loud.

Within a couple hours, we were packed in so tight that it took ten or fifteen minutes to get from the front to the back of the bar. If the room was fifty feet deep and twenty feet wide, there were at least 300-400 people in there. I kept drinking Heinekens and smoking a few cigarettes due to the kindness of strangers. The locals were celebrating their country’s performance in the World Cup with gusto. On my way back to the john, I attempted a conversation with two young Germans on holiday. That was more enthusiastic but even less successful than my kind Dutch girl. I remember two songs being played over and over that evening. Naturally we heard Queen’s “We Are The Champions” every hour or so, and each time the song played, the patrons swayed and erupted in joyous and boisterous singing. We also heard a song I hadn’t heard before, recognizable as the Rolling Stones, with a slinky, catchy beat. Months later, hearing “Miss You” on American radio, I recognized it immediately, and remembered my blessed night in Amsterdam.

Later that night, I settled in for a final chat with the lovely Dutch woman who befriended me. For the first time that evening, feeling no pain, I looked down at the front of her body, and noticed that her shirt and brassiere were sheer enough to see the brown outlines of her nipples. I glanced a second time to verify what I was seeing. She reacted coolly. It was past midnight. Fourteen Heinekens and numerous cigarettes later, I said my goodbyes and walked back to the hotel.

After our short stay in Holland, we continued to Geneva, Switzerland for a few days of sightseeing, and then to Hamburg, Germany, for three dreary days stuck in a remote housing tract while Dad took care of business. Some friends of his took us on a city tour, including a drive through the Reeperbahn, the notorious red light district where the Beatles spent two extended internships honing their musical chops, perhaps the key to their future success. Geneva, Switzerland was much more interesting, clean and beautiful. We saw ex-pat trumpeter Benny Bailey perform in the public park. We visited the town of Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn. Geneva’s shopping district was an endless succession of watchmakers.

Conclusion

As often happens, I began my review of Rolling Stones music with muted optimism, and finish with great appreciation. After recent study of Bob Dylan, no artist’s lyricism would seem satisfactory, but many Stones songs paint clear images of the subject at hand. Mick Jagger delivers each message with nuance and sway. Arguably the greatest frontman in rock music history, he is the band’s center of gravity, holding things together when Keith Richards’s life threatened to spiral out of control. The Rolling Stones sound is largely based on the open G tuning adopted at the end of the sixties. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are the ultimate rhythm section, powerful without flamboyance. Overall, the music is simple and straightforward, and magnificently executed.

Rolling Stones Song Notes:

1. There’s essential Rolling Stones music not commercially available. Their first five studio recordings were rejected, and have never been released.

“Diddley Daddy”
“Roadrunner”
“Bright Lights, Big City”
“I Want To Be Loved”
“Baby What’s Wrong”

2. The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) recorded several fine versions of Rolling Stones songs in 1964 and 1965. In a few cases, I’ve selected the BBC version over the officially released version. See if you can track down the 2-CD compilation Rolling Stones At The Beeb.

3. Many of the Rolling Stones hit songs in the sixties were released in monaural format, to maximize their impact on AM radio. The stereo versions of is often superior, and in many cases hard to find. This webpage is a good summary.

4. I danced my first slow dance to “As Tears Go By”. I was in seventh grade. My parents got divorced, and we moved across town a few miles away that year. My old elementary school was holding a dance, and I returned there one afternoon to check it out. My friend Beep was disk jockey. He was too shy to dance. I can’t remember who I danced with, but it was awkward, as it should be.

Rolling Stones Songs:

During the sixties, most Rolling Stones’ hit songs were released as singles. Most of these songs can be found on The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years. I’ve chosen to present the list of songs as the two “No Stone Unturned” collections from The Rolling Stones (1963-1971). Reel Time Trip is an unauthorized collection with several rare stereo versions of hit songs.

No Stone Unturned, Vol. 1

Fortune Teller, The Rolling Stones ★★★
I Wanna Be Your Man, The Rolling Stones
Not Fade Away, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
It’s All Over Now, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Time Is On My Side (Alt), The Rolling Stones
The Red Rooster, The Rolling Stones ★★★★★
The Last Time, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Play With Fire, The Rolling Stones
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones ★★★★★
The Spider And The Fly, The Rolling Stones

No Stone Unturned, Vol. 2

As Tears Go By, The Rolling Stones
19th Nervous Breakdown, The Rolling Stones ★★
Sittin’ On A Fence, The Rolling Stones ★★
Paint It Black, The Rolling Stones ★★★★★
Let’s Spend The Night Together, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Ruby Tuesday, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Dandelion, The Rolling Stones
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Honky Tonk Women, The Rolling Stones ★★★

The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years

Heart Of Stone (Mono), The Rolling Stones
Memo From Turner, The Rolling Stones

More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)

Fortune Teller (Alt), The Rolling Stones ★★★

Reel Time Trip

Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (Stereo), The Rolling Stones
19th Nervous Breakdown (Alt) (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★
Get Off Of My Cloud (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★
Gimme Shelter (Alt), The Rolling Stones
The Last Time (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★★
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Paint It Black (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Brown Sugar (Raw), The Rolling Stones

The remaining songs are presented in approximate chronological order.

Bright Lights, Big City

Diddley Daddy, The Rolling Stones ★★
Road Runner, The Rolling Stones ★★
Bright Lights, Big City, The Rolling Stones ★★
I Want To Be Loved, The Rolling Stones
Baby What’s Wrong, The Rolling Stones ★★
Stewed And Keefed, The Rolling Stones
High Heel Sneakers, The Rolling Stones
Down In The Bottom, The Rolling Stones
Looking Tired, The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones (UK)

(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66, The Rolling Stones ★★
I Just Want To Make Love To You, The Rolling Stones
I’m A King Bee, The Rolling Stones
Tell Me, The Rolling Stones

Five By Five – EP

Around And Around, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Confessin’ The Blues, The Rolling Stones ★★★

12 X 5 (US)

2120 South Michigan Avenue (Complete), The Rolling Stones ★★

The Rolling Stones No. 2

Off The Hook, The Rolling Stones
I Can’t Be Satisfied, The Rolling Stones ★★
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, The Rolling Stones ★★
You Can’t Catch Me, The Rolling Stones ★★
Time Is On My Side, The Rolling Stones ★★★

Out Of Our Heads (UK)

Heart Of Stone (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★
I’m Free, The Rolling Stones

Beat, Beat, Beat At The Beeb

Come On (Live), The Rolling Stones
Memphis, Tennessee (Live), The Rolling Stones
Roll Over Beethoven (Live), The Rolling Stones
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★
You Better Move On (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★
Mona (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Not Fade Away (Live), The Rolling Stones

**At The Beeb – Radio Sessions

Confessin’ The Blues (Live), The Rolling Stones
Around And Around (Live), The Rolling Stones
Down The Road A Piece (Live), The Rolling Stones
The Last Time (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Mercy, Mercy (Live), The Rolling Stones
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★★★

Aftermath (UK)

Mother’s Little Helper (Stereo), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Stupid Girl, The Rolling Stones
Lady Jane, The Rolling Stones
Under My Thumb, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Out Of Time, The Rolling Stones ★★
I Am Waiting, The Rolling Stones

Time Trip, Volume 5

Key To The Highway, The Rolling Stones ★★

Between The Buttons (UK)

Back Street Girl, The Rolling Stones ★★
Connection, The Rolling Stones

Flowers (US)

Out Of Time (Alt), The Rolling Stones ★★

Their Satanic Majesty’s Request

She’s A Rainbow, The Rolling Stones
2000 Light Years From Home, The Rolling Stones

Beggar’s Banquet

Sympathy For The Devil, The Rolling Stones ★★★★★
No Expectations, The Rolling Stones ★★
Street Fighting Man, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Prodigal Son, The Rolling Stones ★★
Stray Cat Blues, The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★
Sympathy For The Devil (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★

Let It Bleed

Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Love In Vain, The Rolling Stones ★★
Live With Me, The Rolling Stones
Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones ★★
Midnight Rambler, The Rolling Stones ★★★
You Got The Silver, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Monkey Man, The Rolling Stones ★★
You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones ★★★★

A Shot Of Salvation

Brown Sugar (Alt), The Rolling Stones ★★★

Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out (Live)

Carol (Live), The Rolling Stones
Love In Vain (Live), The Rolling Stones
Midnight Rambler (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Sympathy For The Devil (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Street Fighting Man (Live), The Rolling Stones
Little Queenie (Live), The Rolling Stones

Sticky Fingers

Brown Sugar, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Sway, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Wild Horses, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
Bitch, The Rolling Stones ★★
I Got The Blues, The Rolling Stones ★★
Sister Morphine, The Rolling Stones
Dead Flowers, The Rolling Stones
Moonlight Mile, The Rolling Stones ★★

Exile On Main Street (Deluxe Edition)

Rocks Off, The Rolling Stones ★★
Rip This Joint, The Rolling Stones ★★
Shake Your Hips, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Casino Boogie, The Rolling Stones
Tumbling Dice, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Torn & Frayed, The Rolling Stones
Sweet Black Angel, The Rolling Stones
Loving Cup, The Rolling Stones
Happy, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Turd On The Run, The Rolling Stones
Ventilator Blues, The Rolling Stones
I Just Want To See His Face, The Rolling Stones ★★
All Down The Line, The Rolling Stones ★★
Shine A Light, The Rolling Stones ★★
Plundered My Soul, The Rolling Stones

The Lost Brussels

Tumbling Dice (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★★
Dancing With Mr. D (Live), The Rolling Stones
Angie (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★
Gimme Shelter (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★

Ft. Worth Express

Bitch (Live), The Rolling Stones ★★

Goats Head Soup

Angie, The Rolling Stones ★★

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll, The Rolling Stones
Time Waits For No One, The Rolling Stones ★★★
Fingerprint File, The Rolling Stones

Metamorphosis

Heart Of Stone (Alt), The Rolling Stones ★★

Black And Blue

Fool To Cry, The Rolling Stones
Hand Of Fate, The Rolling Stones

Some Girls

Miss You, The Rolling Stones ★★★★
When The Whip Comes Down, The Rolling Stones
Beast Of Burden, The Rolling Stones ★★
Some Girls, The Rolling Stones
Faraway Eyes, The Rolling Stones
Shattered, The Rolling Stones

Emotional Rescue

She’s So Cold, The Rolling Stones

Tattoo You

Start Me Up, The Rolling Stones ★★
Slave, The Rolling Stones
Worried About You, The Rolling Stones
Waiting On A Friend, The Rolling Stones ★★★

Stripped (Live)

Wild Horses (Live), The Rolling Stones

Bridges To Babylon

Saint Of Me, The Rolling Stones
How Can I Stop, The Rolling Stones ★★

A Bigger Bang

Rough Justice, The Rolling Stones
Sweet Neo Con, The Rolling Stones

Related Songs:

Diddley Daddy, Bo Diddley ★★
Diddley Daddy, Chris Isaak

Road Runner, The Pretty Things

Bright Lights, Big City, Jimmy Reed ★★

I Want To Be Loved, Muddy Waters ★★

Baby What’s Wrong, Jimmy Reed

High Heel Sneakers, Tommy Tucker ★★
High Heel Sneakers, Elvis Presley

Down In The Bottom, Howlin’ Wolf

(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66, Nat King Cole Trio ★★★★
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Alt), Nat King Cole Trio ★★
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Alt), Nat King Cole ★★
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 (Swing), Chuck Berry ★★

I Just Want To Make Love To You, Muddy Waters ★★★★

I’m A King Bee, Slim Harpo ★★

I Can’t Be Satisfied, Muddy Waters ★★★

Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Solomon Burke ★★★

You Can’t Catch Me, Chuck Berry ★★★

Come On, Chuck Berry ★★

Memphis, Tennessee, Chuck Berry ★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Lonnie Mack ★★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Johnny Rivers ★★★★
Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley
Memphis, Tennessee (Live), The Beatles ★★

You Better Move On, Arthur Alexander ★★

Mona, Bo Diddley ★★

Not Fade Away, Buddy Holly & The Crickets ★★★
Not Fade Away/Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad, Grateful Dead ★★★★

Confessin’ The Blues, Walter Brown With Jay McShann ★★★
Confessin’ The Blues, Chuck Berry ★★

Around And Around, Chuck Berry ★★★★
Around And Around (Take 2), Chuck Berry ★★

Down The Road A Piece, Amos Milburn ★★
Down The Road A Piece, Chuck Berry ★★
Down The Road A Piece (Alt), Chuck Berry ★★

Mercy, Mercy, Don Covay ★★

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Devo ★★★★
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Otis Redding ★★★

That’s No Way To Get Along, Robert Wilkins ★★

Love In Vain, Robert Johnson ★★

Shake Your Hips, Slim Harpo ★★★★

Little Queenie, Chuck Berry ★★

Fortune Teller, Benny Spellman ★★★

The Red Rooster, Howlin’ Wolf ★★★★
The Red Rooster (False Start), Howlin’ Wolf ★★
The Red Rooster, Sam Cooke ★★

“I went down to the station, with some toothpaste in my hand.”
— Tad Williams, about 1970

3 thoughts on “3. The Rolling Stones

  1. Scheele Mitch May 21, 2014 / 7:41 PM

    I enjoyed your personal historical commentary, which just barely intersected with the rolling stoney subject. Very nicely written and engaging. “Satisfaction” was one of the first 45s I ever got, but I like “It’s All Over Now” better than that song, or “Red Rooster”.

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