It all began when they went on stage for the first time on the 12th July 1962 at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street. They were filling in for another band and had to quickly come up with the name 'The Rollin Stones' with the 'g' being added later. The band then consisted of Keith Richards, Mick 'I've got the mooooves' Jagger, Dick Taylor on bass, Ian Stewart on piano, Tony Chapman on drums and Brian Jones, then calling himself Elmo Lewis, I know coolest name EVER.
Then in June 1963 the Stones released their first single 'Come On' by Chuck Berry, with the single reaching number 21 in the charts. You can listen to it and watch them performing it here. Check out the audiences outfits, very swish. They carried on having more hits including 'Tell Me' and 'The Last Time'. Their next single 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' held the number 1 spot for four weeks. It has gone on to become one of their most famous songs and is still very popular now, especially with me and Mr.Boyfriend whilst driving along in the SHRmobile.
They have gone on to be one of the most iconic and popular bands of the 20th century and are seen as music heroes. Like the Beatles they had their own certain style. In the early days the band sported Beatles type get up, but it didn't really suit them. So soon after they began their own trend in a sea of matching suit and tie ensembles wearing clothes from their own wardrobes, with dress jackets and Oxford shoes to jeans and turtlenecks. In the mid to late 60's there wasn't much difference between their on and off stage style. The look was natural, real and not flashy but they all had individulatity and each had their own look. If it was me I'd probably have been walking around in my Monkey pyjamas, you've gotta love them.
By the late 60's there was a lot of competition to out dandy each other. The band's look became more outrageous with jumpsuits, flag capes and ringmaster top hats, which projected their success and wealth. I mean if you had made pots of money wouldn't you start walking around in a top hat? I certainly would, especially if it was pink.
As the style at the time went into the more androdgynous look they began to wear their girlfriends clothes and makeup. Don't get any ideas Mr. Boyfriend, there's no way you're getting your hands on my new lace dress and Rimmel lipstick.
The 50th anniversary is now being marked by a documentary and book launch as well as an exhibition at Somerset House that runs until the 27th August. We will have free complete access to lots of unseen and rare material and the exhibition will include over seventy fabulous prints with pictures ranging from the band performing in small blues clubs to humungous stadiums around the world. You can find all the details for the exhibition here and order the book released for the anniversary on Amazon.
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-Women's T-shirt £21 Get this great t-shirt RRP £70, which would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and some killer heels.
Congratulations to the outstanding Rolling Stones for 50 years of fabulous music, we all love and adore you. Now, anyone for a game of Monopoly?
Second Hand Rose