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60 years of The Rolling Stones
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July 12, 1962: The Stones play their very first show, billed as “THE ROLLIN’ STONES”, at the Marquee International Jazz Club, London (without Bill & Charlie), supporting Long John Baldry’s Kansas City Blue Boys. Ads in papers referred to them as “Mick Jagger and The Rolling Stones”.
SET-LIST (unconfirmed): Kansas City/ Baby What’s Wrong/ Confessin’ The Blues/ Bright Lights, Big City/ Dust My Blues/ Down The Road Apiece/ I’m A Love You/ Bad Boy/ I Ain’t Got You/ Hush-Hush/ Ride ‘Em On Down/ Back In The USA/ Kind Of Lonesome/ Blues Before Sunrise/ Big Boss Man/ Don’t Stay Out All Night/ Tell Me That You Love Me/ Happy Home
Line-up: Mick Jagger (vocals) /Keith Richard (guitar)/ Brian Jones (guitar) Stu (piano)/ Dick Taylor (bass)/ Tony Chapman (drums)
*See below an entry from Stu’s personal diary with the show’s set-list

Keith on Tony Chapman and coming up with the name Rolling Stones
“We didn’t dare. We were rehearsing drummers. Mick Avory came by, the drummer of the Kinks. He was terrible, then. Couldn’t find that off beat. Couldn’t pick up on that Jimmy Reed stuff…. It was just Mick and myself and Brian and Stu. We knew Charlie. He was a friend. He was gigging at the time, playing with Alexis. He was Korner’s drummer. We couldn’t afford him. One day we picked up a drummer called Tony Chapman who was our first regular drummer. Terrible. One of the worst… cat would start a number and end up either 4 times as fast as he started it or 3 times as slow.”
“Brian came up with the name (Rolling Stones). It was a phone call – which cost money – and we were down to pennies… We got a gig at last, so we said, “Call up Jazz News, put in an advert”. So Brian gaily dials away – and they say Who? We hadn’t got a name and every second was costing a precious farthing. There’s a Muddy Waters record face down – The Best of Muddy Waters – and the first song was Rollin’ Stone Blues. Brian had a panicked look on his face – he said I don’t know… the Rolling Stones. That’s the reason we’re called the Rolling Stones…. Our first gig was… at the Marquee.”
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