The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock institution that was founded in 1962. Formed by graduates of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the band would play a central role in London’s R&B/beat boom. As The Beatles opened the floodgates for UK acts on a global scale, The Rolling Stones swiftly emerged as the Fab Four’s fiercest rivals.

Members: Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica, percussion, guitar, piano, bass), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals, bass, double bass), Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, sitar, dulcimer, marimba, recorder, piano, Mellotron, tambura, vocals, 1962-69), Ian “Stu” Stewart (piano, 1962-63), Dick Taylor (bass, 1962), Tony Chapman (drums, 1962), Mick Avory (drums, 1962), Bill Wyman (bass, maracas, vocals, double bass, 1962-92), Charlie Watts (drums, percussion, vocals, 1963-present), Mick Taylor (guitar, bass, 1969-74), Ron Wood (guitar, vocals, bass drum, bass, drums, saxophone, pedal steel, 1974-present)


Background and Formation

The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 by graduates of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated. Guitarist Brian Jones initiated the band with pianist Ian Stewart, who served during the first year as their sixth member. By May 1963, the Stones settled into their classic lineup of Jones, vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts.

Jagger and Richards first met in 1950 as classmates in Dartford, Kent, where they were childhood friends until the Jagger family moved to neighboring Wilmington in 1954. During the late ’50s, Jagger sang in a rock n’ roll cover band with his guitarist friend Dick Taylor. Jagger met Richards again when the two crossed paths at Dartford railway station in 1960. Richards, now an aspiring rhythm guitarist, joined Jagger and Taylor in Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.

In 1962, Jagger sent Blue Boys demos to London bluesman Alexis Korner, who invited the boys to jam with his outfit Blues Incorporated, which included drummer Charlie Watts and pianist Ian Stewart. Meanwhile, ex-Blues Inc. slide guitarist Brian Jones was piecing together a new band rooted in the Chicago blues. He first offered the mic slot to aspiring singer Paul Jones (no relation), who declined the offer. (Paul Jones would emerge the following year as the frontman of Manfred Mann.)

Brian Jones secured Stewart, who found rehearsal space for the tentative project. Jones then invited Jagger, Richards, and Taylor (on bass) into the new band. In June 1962, during a booking call with Jazz News, Jones was asked for the name of his new band. Spotting a Muddy Waters album lying on his floor, he picked one of its song titles, “Rollin’ Stone.” Drummer Tony Chapman completed the initial six-piece lineup.

The Rolling Stones played their first concert on July 12, 1962, at London’s Marquee Club. Chapman was absent that night; his seat was deputized by future-Kinks drummer Mick Avory. They embarked on their first UK tour with a set-list comprised of American blues and rock n’ roll covers.

In November 1962, Taylor left the band to attend art school. The following month, The Rolling Stones hired Bill Wyman (ex-Cliftons) as their permanent bassist. (Taylor switched back to guitar and co-founded The Pretty Things, a band that would rival the Stones, in 1963.) In January, Chapman cleared way for drummer Charlie Watts, who’d played with the members beforehand in Blues Inc. (Chapman surfaced in an early lineup of The Herd.)


1963


In February 1963, music impresario Giorgio Gomelsky secured The Rolling Stones a residency at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, south-west London. For the first year of its existence, the Stones served as the club’s house band. Their show on the night of April 14 was attended by The Beatles, whose presence caused a ruckus that extended for blocks. The association and publicity catapulted the Stones to the top of London’s nascent R&B/beat boom.

In May, The Rolling Stones signed a management contract with 19-year-old publicist Andrew Loog Oldham, whose prior client was The Beatles. In his first order of business, he demoted Ian Stewart from full membership status, reasoning that six members were too many for audiences to remember. Stewart would remain in the Stones entourage as their road manager and honorary pianist.

That same month, The Rolling Stones signed to Decca. Their debut single, “Come On” (b/w “I Want to Be Loved”), was released on June 7, 1963. The a-side (UK #21) is a cover of the 1960 minor hit by Chuck Berry; the flipside is a rearranged Willie Dixon number. It was produced by Loog Oldham at London’s Olympic Studios.


“I Wanna Be Your Man”

On November 1, 1963, the Rolling Stones released “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a Lennon–McCartney rocker written for the band. The b-side, “Stoned,” is the first Stones original, credited to Nanker Phelge, a collective pseudonym for all five members. “I Wanna Be Your Man” reached No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart.


1964


The Rolling Stones (EP)

On January 10, 1964, the Rolling Stones released a self-titled EP on Decca.

1. “Bye Bye Johnny” (Chuck Berry) 2:09
2. “Money” (Berry Gordy/Janie Bradford) 2:31

3. “You Better Move On” (Arthur Alexander) 2:39
4. “Poison Ivy” (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller) 2:06

“You Better Move On”/ “Poison Ivy”


“Not Fade Away”

On February 21, 1964, the Rolling Stones released “Not Fade Away,” a Buddy Holly cover backed with the Nanker Phelge original “Little by Little.” The Stones’ version of “Not Fade Away” reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart.


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones released their self-titled debut album on April 16, 1964, on Decca.

1. “Route 66” Bobby Troup 2:20
2. “I Just Want to Make Love to You” Willie Dixon 2:17
3. “Honest I Do” Jimmy Reed 2:09
4. “Mona (I Need You Baby)” Ellas McDaniel 3:33
5. “Now I’ve Got a Witness (Like Uncle Gene and Uncle Phil)” Nanker Phelge 2:29
6. “Little by Little” Nanker Phelge, Phil Spector 2:39

1. “I’m a King Bee” James Moore 2:35
2. “Carol” Chuck Berry 2:33
3. “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 4:05
4. “Can I Get a Witness” Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland 2:55
5. “You Can Make It If You Try” Ted Jarrett 2:01
6. “Walking the Dog” Rufus Thomas 3:10 Recorded 3 January – 25 February 1964

Studio Regent Sound, London
Producer Eric Easton Andrew Loog Oldham
Bill Farley – engineer
Nicholas Wright – photography
Allan Clarke – backing vocals (“Little by Little”)
Graham Nash – backing vocals (“Little by Little”)
Gene Pitney – piano (“Little by Little”)
Phil Spector – percussion, maracas (“Little by Little”)
Ian Stewart – organ (“Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “You Can Make It If You Try”); piano (“Tell Me” and “Can I Get a Witness”)

In the US, London Records issued the album on May 30, 1964, under the title England’s Newest Hit Makers. This version retains side two but adds “Not Fade Away” to side one, which omits “Mona (I Need You Baby).” London lifted “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” as the Stones’ third US single on June 12, 1964; backed with “I Just Want to Make Love to You.”

In Belgium, “Carol” appeared as the Stones’ first a-side.

Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[16] 1
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[17] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[18] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 1
US Billboard 200[20] 11


“It’s All Over Now”

On June 26, 1964, the Rolling Stones released “It’s All Over Now,” backed with “Good Times, Bad Times.” This was their first UK No. 1 and their breakthrough single in Europe, where “It’s All Over Now” reached No. 1 in the Netherlands and No. 7 in France.


Five by Five

On August 14, 1964, the Rolling Stones released Five by Five, an EP of five R&B covers recorded during a one-day session (6/11/65) at Chess Studios in Chicago.

1. “If You Need Me” (Wilson Pickett/Robert Bateman/Sonny Sanders) 2:03
2. “Empty Heart” (Nanker Phelge) 2:37
3. “2120 South Michigan Avenue” (Nanker Phelge) 2:07

4. “Confessin’ the Blues” (Jay McShann/Walter Brown) 2:48
5. “Around and Around” (Chuck Berry) 3:05


12 X 5

On October 17, 1964, London (US) issued 12 X 5, the second American Rolling Stones album.

1. “Around and Around*” (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Chuck Berry 3:03
2. “Confessin’ the Blues*” (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Jay McShann, Walter Brown 2:46
3. “Empty Heart*” (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Nanker Phelge 2:35
4. “Time Is on My Side (US single version)” Norman Meade 2:50
5. “Good Times, Bad Times” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:32
6. “It’s All Over Now*” Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack 3:27

1. “2120 South Michigan Avenue*” (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Nanker Phelge 2:03
2. “Under the Boardwalk” Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young 2:48
3. “Congratulations” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:28
4. “Grown Up Wrong” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:04
5. “If You Need Me*” (originally released on the Five by Five EP) Robert Bateman, Wilson Pickett 2:03
6. “Susie Q” Eleanor Broadwater, Stan Lewis, Dale Hawkins 1:51

London Records preceded 12 X 5 with “Time Is on My Side,” released as a US single on September 25, 1964, with “Congratulations.” This became their first major hit in the US, where it reached No. 6 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Top 100.

12 X 5 reached No. 3 on the US Billboard 200. It was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


“Little Red Rooster”

On November 13, 1964, the Rolling Stones released “Little Red Rooster,” a cover of the blues standard by Delta bluesman Willie Dixon. It was backed by “Off the Hook.” This was their second UK No. 1 and their second hit in the Netherlands, where the single reached No. 4. In Australia, “Little Red Rooster” reached No. 2.


“Heart of Stone”

In December 1964, London Records (US) issued “Heart of Stone,” a Jagger–Richards ballad backed with “What a Shame.”

The Rolling Stones recorded “Heart of Stone” at in October 1964 at RCA Studios in Los Angeles, where American sessionist Jack Nitzsche played tambourine and piano on the track. “Heart of Stone” peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100 (No. 16 on Cashbox) and reached No. 5 in Australia.


1965


The Rolling Stones No. 2

The Rolling Stones released their second album, The Rolling Stones No. 2, on January 15, 1965, on Decca.

1. “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler 5:03
2. “Down Home Girl” Jerry Leiber, Artie Butler 4:11
3. “You Can’t Catch Me” Chuck Berry 3:38
4. “Time Is on My Side” (“guitar intro” version[4]) Norman Meade a.k.a. Jerry Ragovoy 2:58
5. “What a Shame” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 3:03
6. “Grown Up Wrong[5]” Jagger, Richards 1:50

1. “Down the Road Apiece” Don Raye 2:55
2. “Under the Boardwalk” Arthur Resnick, Kenny Young 2:48
3. “I Can’t Be Satisfied” Muddy Waters 3:26
4. “Pain in My Heart” Allen Toussaint 2:11
5. “Off the Hook” Jagger, Richards 2:38
6. “Suzie-Q” Dale Hawkins, Stan Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater 1:51

Recording studios
Chess Studios, Chicago: 10–11 June & 8 November 1964
Regent Sound Studios, London: 2, 28–29 September 1964
RCA Studios, Hollywood: 2 November 1964
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham
Jack Nitzsche – piano (2, 10)
Ian Stewart – piano (1, 5, 7), organ (4)
David Bailey – cover photography

Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, güiro
Keith Richards – acoustic and electric guitar, backing vocals
Brian Jones – electric and acoustic guitar, harmonica, tambourine, maracas, organ on “If You Need Me”,[8] backing vocals
Charlie Watts – drums
Bill Wyman – bass guitar, backing vocals, triangle
Additional musicians
Ian Stewart – piano, organ

Decca lifted “Under the Boardwalk” as the Stones’ eighth single in Australia (b/w “Walking the Dog”), where it became their first No. 1 single on the Kent Music Report.

1965 UK Top 40 Albums[7] 1
1965 French SNEP Albums Charts[8] 44
1965 Finland Soumen Virallinen LPs Chart[9] 2

On February 13, 1965, London Records (US) issued The Rolling Stones, Now!, the band’s third American album. It contains eight songs from The Rolling Stones No. 2.

1. “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK) has an alternative longer version 2:57
2. “Down Home Girl” Jerry Leiber, Artie Butler The Rolling Stones No. 2 4:15
3. “You Can’t Catch Me” Chuck Berry The Rolling Stones No. 2 4:30
4. “Heart of Stone” Jagger/Richards single (US) 2:49
5. “What a Shame” Jagger/Richards B-side of “Heart of Stone” (US) & The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK) 2:50
6. “Mona (I Need You Baby)” Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley The Rolling Stones (UK) 3:55

1. “Down the Road Apiece” Don Raye The Rolling Stones No. 2 3:00
2. “Off the Hook” Jagger/Richards B-side of “Little Red Rooster” (UK) & The Rolling Stones No. 2 (UK) 2:35
3. “Pain in My Heart” Naomi Neville a.k.a. Allen Toussaint The Rolling Stones No. 2 2:12
4. “Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin’)” Barbara Lynn Ozen The Rolling Stones, Now! 2:06
5. “Little Red Rooster” Willie Dixon single (UK) 3:00
6. “Surprise, Surprise” Jagger/Richards Unreleased (UK) 2:20

The Rolling Stones, Now! reached No. 5 on the US Billboard 200. 


“The Last Time”

On February 26, 1965, the Rolling Stones released “The Last Time,” a sliding R&B rocker credited to Jagger–Richards.

The b-side, “Play with Fire,” is an ominous ballad credited to Nanker Phelge. It features Phil Spector on tuned-down electric guitar and Jack Nitzsche on harpsichord and tam-tam.

The Stones recorded “The Last Time” on January 11–12, 1965, at RCA Studios, where Nitzsche played tambourine on the track.

“The Last Time” became their third straight UK No. 1 and their third Top 2 hit in Australia. “The Last Time” also reached No. 1 in Germany and Scandinavia, No. 2 in the Netherlands, and No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.


“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”

On June 5, 1965, the Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” in the US on London, backed with “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man.” In the UK, it appeared on August 20 on Decca, backed with “The Spider and the Fly.”

The Stones recorded “Satisfaction” on May 12, 1965, in LA at RCA Studios. The song features instrumental contributions by Jack Nitzsche (piano, organ, tambourine) and Ian Stewart (piano, organ, marimba). Brian Jones plays acoustic guitar, blues harp, piano, and organ on “Satisfaction,” in addition to electric rhythm guitars.

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, the Australian Kent Music Report, and the three leading US charts (Billboard, Cashbox, and Record World). It also reached No. 1 in Germany and the Netherlands and No. 3 in France and Canada.


Out of Our Heads

The Rolling Stones third British album, Out of Our Heads, on September 24, 1965, on Decca.

1. “She Said Yeah” Sonny Christy, Roddy Jackson 1:34
2. “Mercy, Mercy” Don Covay, Ronnie Miller 2:45
3. “Hitch Hike” Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William “Mickey” Stevenson 2:25
4. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” Roosevelt Jamison 2:25
5. “Good Times” Sam Cooke 1:58 It features Stewart on marimba.
6. “Gotta Get Away” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 2:06

1. “Talkin’ ‘Bout You” Chuck Berry 2:31
2. “Cry to Me” Bert Russell 3:09 It features Nitzsche on organ.
3. “Oh, Baby (We Got a Good Thing Going)” (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!) Barbara Lynn Ozen 2:08
4. “Heart of Stone” (Originally released on The Rolling Stones, Now!) Jagger, Richards 2:50
5. “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” Nanker Phelge 3:07 It features Jagger and Jones on harmonica.
6. “I’m Free” Jagger, Richards 2:24

Recorded 2 November 1964 – 1965
Producer Andrew Loog Oldham

Two months before its UK release, Out of Our Heads appeared on July 30 on London (US) as their fourth American album.

1. “Mercy, Mercy” Don Covay, Ronnie Miller 2:45
2. “Hitch Hike” Marvin Gaye, Clarence Paul, William “Mickey” Stevenson 2:25
3. “The Last Time” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards 3:41
4. “That’s How Strong My Love Is” Roosevelt Jamison 2:25
5. “Good Times” Sam Cooke 1:58
6. “I’m All Right” (originally released on Got Live If You Want It! EP) Ellas McDaniel a.k.a. Bo Diddley 2:25

1. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” Jagger, Richards 3:42
2. “Cry to Me” Bert Berns 3:09
3. “The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man” Nanker Phelge 3:07
4. “Play with Fire” Nanker Phelge 2:13
5. “The Spider and the Fly” Jagger, Richards 3:39
6. “One More Try” Jagger, Richards 1:58

1965 UK Albums (OCC)[17] 2
1965 Billboard 200[2] 1
1965 French SNEP Albums Charts[18] 7
1965 Finland Soumen Virallinen LPs Chart[19] 2 


“Get Off of My Cloud”

On September 25, 1965, the Rolling Stones released “Get Off of My Cloud” in the US on London, backed with “I’m Free.” In the UK, it appeared on October 25 on Decca, backed with “The Singer Not the Song.”

The Stones recorded “Get Off of My Cloud” on September 6–7, 1965, at RCA Studio, where the band plus Stewart played on the piece with unidentified extras (on handclaps). “Cloud” features Brian Jones on 12-string, in addition to electric and acoustic guitars.

“Get Off of My Cloud” is the Rolling Stones’ fifth No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart and their second No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached No. 1 in Canada, Germany, and South Africa and peaked at No. 2 in the Netherlands, Australia, Ireland, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden.


December’s Children (And Everybody’s)

On December 4, 1965, London Records issued December’s Children (And Everybody’s), the fifth US Rolling Stones album. It features “Get Off of My Cloud” and the Stones version of “As Tears Go By,” which they cut eighteen months after Marianne Faithfull’s hit version.

1. “She Said Yeah” Sonny Bono, Roddy Jackson Out of Our Heads (UK) 1:30
2. “Talkin’ About You” Chuck Berry Out of Our Heads (UK) 2:30
3. “You Better Move On” Arthur Alexander The Rolling Stones EP (UK) 2:37
4. “Look What You’ve Done” McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters December’s Children 2:33
5. “The Singer Not the Song” Jagger/Richards B-side of “Get Off of My Cloud” (UK) 2:22
6. “Route 66” Bobby Troup Got Live If You Want It! (UK live EP) 2:29

7. “Get Off of My Cloud” Jagger/Richards single (US) 2:52
8. “I’m Free” Jagger/Richards Out of Our Heads (UK) 2:17
9. “As Tears Go By” Jagger/Richards, Andrew Loog Oldham December’s Children 2:45 features string arrangements by Mike Leander.
10. “Gotta Get Away” Jagger/Richards Out of Our Heads (UK) 2:03
11. “Blue Turns to Grey” Jagger/Richards December’s Children 2:27
12. “I’m Moving On” Hank Snow Got Live If You Want It! (UK live EP) 2:12

London Records lifted “As Tears Go By” as a single in Japan and North America (b/w “Gotta Get Away”). It reached No. 1 in Canada, No. 3 on the Cashbox Top 100, and No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100.


1966


“19th Nervous Breakdown”

On February 4, 1966, The Rolling Stones released the standalone single “19th Nervous Breakdown,” backed with “As Tears Go By” (“Sad Day” in the US). The song is recognized for its Hawaiian slide and trembling bassline.

The Stones recorded “19th Nervous Breakdown” in early December 1965 at RCA, Hollywood, where sessions commenced on their next studio album.

“19th Nervous Breakdown” reached No. 2 on the UK Record Retailer Chart and No. 1 on the NME Chart. In the US, it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 32 on the Billboard R&B Chart. The song also reached No. 1 in Germany and No. 2 in Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa.


Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)

On March 28, 1966, London Records (US) issued Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass), a compilation of hits from the Rolling Stones first five American albums, plus the recent single “19th Nervous Breakdown.”


Aftermath

The Rolling Stones released their fourth British album, Aftermath, on April 15, 1966, on Decca. It’s their first album of all-original material, comprised of fourteen Jagger–Richards numbers. The UK Decca version features a diagonal pink/black cover shot and a 14-song track-list, clocking in at a then record-setting 52+ minutes. Side one contains six songs, including the sitar/slide-intoned “Mother’s Little Helper”, the marimba-laden “Under My Thumb”, and the dark dulcimer ballad “Lady Jane.” The side concludes with the 11+-minute blues jam “Goin’ Home.”

Side two contains eight songs, including “I Am Waiting,” “Think,” “High and Dry,” and the five-minute “Out of Time,” covered that same year by singer Chris Farlow (UK #1).

In addition to guitar, Aftermath features Brian Jones on dulcimer (“Lady Jane,” “I Am Waiting”), harmonica (“Goin’ Home,” “High and Dry”), marimba (“Under My Thumb,” “Out of Time”), and koto (“Take It or Leave It”). Three tracks (“Under My Thumb,” “Flight 505,” “It’s Not Easy”) feature Richards on fuzz bass, an effect also used by Wyman on unspecified parts. Stewart plays piano and organ alongside Nitzsche, also plays harpsichord on select cuts.

“Mother’s Little Helper” – 2:40
“Stupid Girl” – 2:52
“Lady Jane” – 3:06
“Under My Thumb” – 3:20
“Doncha Bother Me” – 2:35
“Goin’ Home” – 11:35

“Flight 505” – 3:25
“High and Dry” – 3:06
“Out of Time” – 5:15
“It’s Not Easy” – 2:52
“I Am Waiting” – 3:10
“Take It or Leave It” – 2:47
“Think” – 3:10
“What to Do” – 2:30

Aftermath reached No. 1 on the UK, Finnish, and German album charts.


“Paint It Black”

On May 13, 1966, The Rolling Stones released the standalone UK single “Paint It Black,” backed with “Long, Long While.”

The Stones recorded “Paint It Black” between March 6 and 9, 1966, at RCA, Hollywood, during sessions for Aftermath. Brian Jones plays the song’s distinct sitar theme. In addition to bass, Wyman plays Hammond organ, maracas, and cowbel on “Paint It Black,” which features Watts on castanets and Nitzsche on piano.

“Paint It Black” reached No. 1 in Canada and on multiple charts in the UK (Melody Maker, NME, Record Retailer), US (Billboard, Cashbox, Record World), and Netherlands (Dutch Top 40, Single Top 100). The song peaked at No. 2 in Austria, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden.

“Paint It Black” replaces “Mother’s Little Helper” on the American version of Aftermath, released on July 2, 1966, on London Records as the Rolling Stones’ sixth US album. This Aftermath contains eleven songs (42 minutes) and sports a blurred, horizontal cover photo.  The tracks “Goin’ Home” and “Think” swap sides on the US Aftermath, which omits “Out of Time,” “Take It or Leave It,” and “What to Do.”

“Paint It Black” – 3:20
“Stupid Girl” – 2:52
“Lady Jane” – 3:06
“Under My Thumb” – 3:20
“Doncha Bother Me” – 2:35
“Think” – 3:10

“Flight 505” – 3:25
“High and Dry” – 3:06
“It’s Not Easy” – 2:52
“I Am Waiting” – 3:10
“Goin’ Home” – 11:35

Three months after its release as a UK album track, “Mother’s Little Helper” appeared in the US on July 2, 1966, as the Stones’ twelfth American single, backed with “Lady Jane.” It reached No. 4 on the Cashbox Top 100 and No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Europe, “Mother’s Little Helper” peaked at No. 5 in Benelux and Sweden.

Aftermath reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Top LPs Chart and No. 1 on the Cashbox Top 100 Albums and Record World Top 100 LPs charts.


“Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?”

On September 23, 1966, the Rolling Stones released “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?” — a frenetic brass-rock number, backed with “Who’s Driving Your Plane?”


1967


“Ruby Tuesday” / “Let’s Spend the Night Together”

On January 14, 1967, “Ruby Tuesday” / “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 


Between the Buttons

The Rolling Stones released their fifth British album, Between the Buttons, on January 20, 1967, on Decca and London.

1. “Yesterday’s Papers” 2:20
2. “My Obsession” 3:20
3. “Back Street Girl” 3:22
4. “Connection” 2:13
5. “She Smiled Sweetly” 2:42
6. “Cool, Calm & Collected” 4:15

1. “All Sold Out” 2:15
2. “Please Go Home” 3:14
3. “Who’s Been Sleeping Here?” 3:51
4. “Complicated” 3:18
5. “Miss Amanda Jones” 2:48
6. “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” 4:58

1. “Let’s Spend the Night Together” 3:29
2. “Yesterday’s Papers” 2:20
3. “Ruby Tuesday” 3:12
4. “Connection” 2:13
5. “She Smiled Sweetly” 2:42
6. “Cool, Calm & Collected” 4:15

1. “All Sold Out” 2:15
2. “My Obsession” 3:20
3. “Who’s Been Sleeping Here?” 3:51
4. “Complicated” 3:18
5. “Miss Amanda Jones” 2:48
6. “Something Happened to Me Yesterday” 4:58

“Yesterday’s Papers” appeared as a single in Japan.


European Tour 1967

March 25, 1967 – April 17, 1967


Flowers

On June 26, 1967, London Records issued Flowers, an American compilation of Rolling Stones material from the two prior years.


“We Love You” / “Dandelion”

On August 18, 1967, the Rolling Stones released “We Love You,” a psychedelic rocker backed with “Dandelion.” In the US, the single appeared two weeks later with the sides reversed.


Their Satanic Majesties Request

The Rolling Stones released their sixth British album, Their Satanic Majesties Request, on December 8, 1967, on Decca and London.

1. “Sing This All Together” 3:46
2. “Citadel” 2:50
3. “In Another Land” 3:15
4. “2000 Man” 3:07
5. “Sing This All Together (See What Happens)” (hidden track “Cosmic Christmas” starts at 7:54) 8:33

6. “She’s a Rainbow” 4:35
7. “The Lantern” 4:24
8. “Gomper” 5:08
9. “2000 Light Years from Home” 4:45
10. “On with the Show” 3:40

“In Another Land” / “The Lantern”
Released: 2 December 1967

“She’s a Rainbow” / “2000 Light Years from Home”
Released: 23 December 1967


1968


“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

On May 24, 1968, the Rolling Stones released “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” a standalone single backed with “Child of the Moon.”


Beggars Banquet

The Rolling Stones released their seventh studio album, Beggars Banquet, December 6, 1968, on Decca and London.

1. “Sympathy for the Devil” 6:18
2. “No Expectations” 3:56
3. “Dear Doctor” 3:28
4. “Parachute Woman” 2:20
5. “Jigsaw Puzzle” 6:06

1. “Street Fighting Man” 3:16
2. “Prodigal Son” 2:51
3. “Stray Cat Blues” 4:38
4. “Factory Girl” 2:09
5. “Salt of the Earth” 4:48

“Street Fighting Man” / “No Expectations”
Released: 31 August 1968 (US)

“Sympathy for the Devil”


The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus

On December 11–12, 1968, the Rolling Stones headlined filmed mult-act event at Intertel (V.T.R. Services) Studio in Wycombe Road, Wembley. The event, billed as The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, featured performances by Jethro Tull, The Who, Marianne Faithfull, and Taj Mahal.


1969


“Honky Tonk Women”

On July 4, 1969, the Rolling Stones released “Honky Tonk Women,” a non-album single backed with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a preview from their upcoming album.


Let It Bleed

The Rolling Stones released their eighth studio album, Let It Bleed, November 28, 1969, on Decca and London.

1. “Gimme Shelter” 4:31
2. “Love in Vain” 4:19
3. “Country Honk” 3:09
4. “Live with Me” 3:33
5. “Let It Bleed” 5:26

1. “Midnight Rambler” 6:52
2. “You Got the Silver” 2:51
3. “Monkey Man” 4:12
4. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” 7:28


1969 Compilations

On September 2, 1969, Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) appeared on Decca and London.

The compilation appeared in a die-cut, octagonal gatefold sleeve with a photo of the Stones pressed against glass (front) and alarmed (and obscured) by shattered glass (back).


American Tour 1969

November 7, 1969 – December 6, 1969

Altamont


1970


Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert

On September 4, 1970, Decca issued Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert.


Gimme Shelter

On December 6, 1970, the Rolling Stones concert documentary Gimme Shelter debuted in movie theaters.

Performance


1971


Sticky Fingers

The Rolling Stones released their ninth studio album, Sticky Fingers, April 23, 1971, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Brown Sugar” 3:48
2. “Sway” 3:50
3. “Wild Horses” 5:42
4. “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” 7:14
5. “You Gotta Move” Fred McDowell, Gary Davis 2:32

1. “Bitch” 3:38
2. “I Got the Blues” 3:54
3. “Sister Morphine” Jagger, Richards, Marianne Faithfull 5:31
4. “Dead Flowers” 4:03
5. “Moonlight Mile” 5:56

“Brown Sugar” / “Bitch”
Released: 16 April 1971

“Wild Horses” / “Sway”
Released: 12 June 1971


1971 Rolling Stones Compilations

Hot Rocks


1972


Exile on Main St.

The Rolling Stones released their tenth studio album, Exile on Main St., May 12, 1972, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Rocks Off” 4:31
2. “Rip This Joint” 2:22
3. “Shake Your Hips” Slim Harpo 2:59
4. “Casino Boogie” 3:33
5. “Tumbling Dice” 3:45

1. “Sweet Virginia” 4:27
2. “Torn and Frayed” 4:17
3. “Sweet Black Angel” 2:54
4. “Loving Cup” 4:25

1. “Happy” 3:04
2. “Turd on the Run” 2:36
3. “Ventilator Blues” Jagger, Richards, Mick Taylor 3:24
4. “I Just Want to See His Face” 2:52
5. “Let It Loose” 5:16

1. “All Down the Line” 3:49
2. “Stop Breaking Down” Robert Johnson 4:34
3. “Shine a Light” 4:14
4. “Soul Survivor” 3:49

“Tumbling Dice” / “Sweet Black Angel”
Released: 14 April 1972

“Happy” / “All Down the Line”
Released: 15 July 1972

2010 reissue bonus disc

1. “Pass the Wine (Sophia Loren)” 4:54
2. “Plundered My Soul” 3:59
3. “I’m Not Signifying” 3:55
4. “Following the River” 4:52
5. “Dancing in the Light” 4:21
6. “So Divine (Aladdin Story)” 4:32
7. “Loving Cup” (alternate take) 5:26
8. “Soul Survivor” (alternate take) 3:59
9. “Good Time Women” 3:21
10. “Title 5” 1:47
11. “All Down the Line” (alternate take; Japanese bonus track) 4:09


The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972

The Rolling Stones 1972 American tour, also known as the “Stones Touring Party”


1972 Rolling Stones Compilations

Rock’n’Rolling Stones

More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies)


1973


Goats Head Soup

The Rolling Stones released their eleventh studio album, Goats Head Soup, August 31, 1973, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Dancing with Mr. D.” 4:53
2. “100 Years Ago” 3:59
3. “Coming Down Again” 5:54
4. “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” 3:26
5. “Angie” 4:33

1. “Silver Train” 4:27
2. “Hide Your Love” 4:12
3. “Winter” 5:30
4. “Can You Hear the Music” 5:31
5. “Star Star” 4:25

“Angie” / “Silver Train”
Released: 20 August 1973

“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” / “Dancing with Mr. D”
Released: December 1973


1973 Tours

The Rolling Stones Pacific Tour 1973

The Rolling Stones European Tour 1973


1973 Compilations

In October 1973, Decca issued No Stone Unturned, a compilation of pre-1971 Rolling Stones EP and b-side tracks. Decca plugged the comp with a 7″ release of the 1966 track “Sad Day,” which originally appeared as the US b-side of “19th Nervous Breakdown” (no prior UK release).


1974


It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll

The Rolling Stones released their twelfth studio album, It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll, October 18, 1974, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “If You Can’t Rock Me” 3:46
2. “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” 3:30
3. “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)” 5:07
4. “Till the Next Goodbye” 4:37
5. “Time Waits for No One” 6:37

6. “Luxury” 5:00
7. “Dance Little Sister” 4:11
8. “If You Really Want to Be My Friend” 6:16
9. “Short and Curlies” 2:43
10. “Fingerprint File” 6:33

“It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It)”
Released: 26 July 1974

“Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”
Released: 25 October 1974


1975


The Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas ’75


1975 Rolling Stones Compilations

Metamorphosis

Made In the Shade

Rolled Gold: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones


1976


Black and Blue

The Rolling Stones released their thirteenth studio album, Black and Blue, April 23, 1976, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Hot Stuff” 5:20
2. “Hand of Fate” 4:28
3. “Cherry Oh Baby” Eric Donaldson 3:57
4. “Memory Motel” 7:07

5. “Hey Negrita” (inspiration by Ron Wood) 4:59
6. “Melody” (inspiration by Billy Preston) 5:47
7. “Fool to Cry” 5:03
8. “Crazy Mama” 4:34

“Fool to Cry”
Released: 26 April 1976

“Hot Stuff”
Released: 1976


Tour of Europe ’76

April 28, 1976 – June 23, 1976 


1977


Love You Live

On September 23, 1977, Rolling Stones and Atlantic Records issued Love You Live, a double-album drawn from live engagements at five locations over a two-year period.


1978


Some Girls

The Rolling Stones released their fourteenth studio album, Some Girls, June 9, 1978, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Miss You” 4:48
2. “When the Whip Comes Down” 4:20
3. “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)” Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong 4:38
4. “Some Girls” 4:36
5. “Lies” 3:11

1. “Far Away Eyes” 4:24
2. “Respectable” 3:06
3. “Before They Make Me Run” 3:25
4. “Beast of Burden” 4:25
5. “Shattered” 3:48

“Miss You”
Released: 19 May 1978

“Beast of Burden”
Released: 28 August 1978 (US)

“Respectable”
Released: 15 September 1978 (UK)

“Shattered”
Released: 29 November 1978 (US)


US Tour 1978

June 10, 1978 – July 26, 1978 


1979


Time Waits for No One: Anthology 1971–1977


1980


Emotional Rescue

The Rolling Stones released their fifteenth studio album, Emotional Rescue, June 20, 1980, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Dance (Pt. 1)” 4:23
2. “Summer Romance” 3:16
3. “Send It to Me” 3:43
4. “Let Me Go” 3:50
5. “Indian Girl” 4:23

1. “Where the Boys Go” 3:29
2. “Down in the Hole” 3:57
3. “Emotional Rescue” 5:39
4. “She’s So Cold” 4:12
5. “All About You” 4:18

“Emotional Rescue”
Released: 20 June 1980

“She’s So Cold”/”Send It to Me”
Released: 22 September 1980


1981


Tattoo You

The Rolling Stones released their sixteenth studio album, Tattoo You, August 24, 1981, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Start Me Up” 3:31
2. “Hang Fire” 2:20
3. “Slave” 4:55
4. “Little T&A” 3:23
5. “Black Limousine” Jagger, Richards, Ronnie Wood 3:32
6. “Neighbours” 3:31

7. “Worried About You” 5:16
8. “Tops” 3:45
9. “Heaven” 4:21
10. “No Use in Crying” Jagger, Richards, Wood 3:24
11. “Waiting on a Friend” 4:34

“Start Me Up”
Released: 14 August 1981

“Waiting on a Friend”
Released: 30 November 1981

“Hang Fire”
Released: April 1982


American Tour 1981 

September 25, 1981 – December 19, 1981


1982


Still Life

On June 1, 1982, Rolling Stones and Atlantic Records issued Still Life, a live album drawn from four November–December dates on their 1981 North American tour.

A concert film of their 1981 US tour, titled Let’s Spend the Night Together, debuted in theaters on February 11, 1983.


European Tour 1982 

May 26, 1982 – July 25, 1982


1983


Undercover

The Rolling Stones released their seventeenth studio album, Undercover, November 7, 1983, on Rolling Stones Records.

1. “Undercover of the Night” 4:31
2. “She Was Hot” 4:40
3. “Tie You Up (The Pain of Love)” 4:16
4. “Wanna Hold You” 3:52
5. “Feel On Baby” 5:03

1. “Too Much Blood” 6:14
2. “Pretty Beat Up” 4:03
3. “Too Tough” 3:52
4. “All the Way Down” 3:12
5. “It Must Be Hell” 5:03

“Undercover of the Night”
Released: 1 November 1983

“She Was Hot”
Released: 23 January 1984, backed with the non-album “I Think I’m Going Mad”

“Too Much Blood”
Released: 1984


1984


“State of Shock”


1985


Mick Jagger Solo

On February 19, 1985, Mick Jagger released She’s the Boss, his debut solo album.


Live Aid

“Dancing In the Street”


1986


Dirty Work

The Rolling Stones released their eighteenth studio album, Dirty Work, on March 24, 1986, on Rolling Stones and Columbia Records.

“Harlem Shuffle”
Released: 28 February 1986

“One Hit (To the Body)”
Released: 9 May 1986


1987–1988


Breakup Rumors


Solo Work

On September 14, 1987, Mick Jagger released Primitive Cool, his second solo album.

On October 3, 1988, Keith Richards released Talk Is Cheap, his debut solo album.


1989–1990


Steel Wheels

The Rolling Stones released their nineteenth studio album, Steel Wheels, on August 25, 1989, on Rolling Stones and Columbia Records.

“Mixed Emotions”
Released: 17 August 1989

“Rock and a Hard Place”
Released: 4 November 1989 backed with the non-album “Cook Cook Blues”

“Almost Hear You Sigh”
Released: January 1990 backed with the non-album “Wish I’d Never Met You”


Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour

August 31, 1989 – August 25, 1990


Discography (1964–1989):

  • The Rolling Stones (1964, UK) / England’s Newest Hit Makers (1964, US)
  • 12 X 5 (1964, US)
  • The Rolling Stones No. 2 (1965, UK) / The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965, US)
  • Out of Our Heads (1965)
  • December’s Children (And Everybody’s) (1965, US)
  • Aftermath (1966)
  • Between the Buttons (1967)
  • Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
  • Beggars Banquet (1968)
  • Let It Bleed (1969)
  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
  • Exile on Main St. (1972)
  • Goats Head Soup (1973)
  • It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (1974)
  • Black and Blue (1976)
  • Some Girls (1978)
  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
  • Tattoo You (1981)
  • Undercover (1983)
  • Dirty Work (1986)
  • Steel Wheels (1989)

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