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July 13, 2023

July 12, 1962: The Rolling Stones Performed for the First Time as a Group at the Marquee Club in London

In the early summer of 1962, a student at the London School of Economics, Mick Jagger, and another student named Keith Richards would regularly catch the train from Hartford to London dreaming of pursuing their music goals of starting a rock band. Keith saw Mick with a bunch of blues LPs (also Muddy Waters), and because of their joint love for the blues, they became friends. Well we all know what happened in the end as today The Rolling Stones are one of, if not the most, recognized music band in the world.

Although their meeting was essential for the band, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards didn't create the band. It was Brian Jones who you can thank for that. Even though Jones never really wrote a lot of song material, he was just as important because he played a lot of different instruments.

Their first gig came spontaneously at the Marquee Club, 165 Oxford Street, London, on July 12, 196, where Jagger would frequent and fill in for musicians. One fateful evening, the club’s Thursday night regular group that would play, fronted by Jagger, were invited to play a BBC live Broadcast which led Brian Jones to convince the owner of Marquee, Harold Pendleton, to let the new group, aka The Rolling Stones, fill in for them.

That special summer evening saw Jagger on vocals, Brian Jones and Keith Richards on guitar, Ian Stewart on piano, and Dick Taylor and Mick Avory (the future drummer of another legendary band The Kinks) on drums. 30 guineas were dished out between the six of them for the performance, mere pennies to what the rock icons get paid nowadays. The legend goes the Stones spent the first years of their music careers stealing food and rehearsing: “we were paying to be the Rolling Stones.” It certainly played off.


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