50 Fun Factoids about the Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones perform in Berlin, June 10, 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Last week (June 10, 2014) the Rolling Stones performed in Berlin, a concert that was originally scheduled back in 1969, but didn’t take place. Instead communist authorities arrested hundreds of young East German would-be concert-goers. (Astonishingly, one such detainee was imprisoned over two years.) This time, after nearly 45 years, the music played.
In recognition of a half century of making memorable music, here are 50 fun facts you may not know about the bad boys of rock:
1. Their 1963 hit “I Wanna Be Your Man” was written and donated to the band by John Lennon and Paul McCartney on request of the Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
2. The cover to their 1971 album Sticky Fingers was designed by Andy Warhol.
3. It is also rumoured that Andy Warhol designed their famed ‘tongue’ logo — but it could have also been John Pasch or Craig Braun.
4. Over 1,500,000 fans turned up to see them play at the Copacabana Beach Show in February 2006.
5. The Stones’ first gig featured Mick Avory on drums, who later went on to drum for the Kinks.
7. Director Martin Scorsese has used their song “Gimme Shelter” in four of his films.
8. One of the cameramen on their 1970 documentary, Gimme Shelter, was none other than legendary film director George Lucas.
9. The cake on the cover of the Rolling Stones 1969 album Let It Bleed was baked by Delia Smith, who later achieved fame with her cooking show.
10. Their only studio album that has failed to reach the top 5 in the UK album charts was 1997’s Bridges To Babylon, which peaked at number 6.
11. The first single from Bridges To Babylon, “Anybody Seen My Baby,” featured Angelina Jolie before she became famous.
12. Their beloved 1972 album Exile on Main Street had the working title of Tropical Disease.
26. The 60s throwback television show The Wonder Years featured an episode where the lead character, Kevin, and his friends go on an unsuccessful quest to find the venue the Stones are rumoured to be playing in their hometown.
27. They are still referenced to in television today. A recent episode of the show Mad Men featured the lead character, Don Draper, hanging out backstage at a show in an effort to get approval for using the band in an ad.
28. The recent Maroon 5 hit, “Moves Like Jagger” highlights the way Mick Jagger continues to influence generations of frontmen in bands to this day.
29. Andrew Loog Oldham publicized the band by asking, “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?” This positioned them as the bad boy alternative to the Beatles.
30. Contrary to popular belief, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones were actually good friends.
32. Piano player Ian Stewart, widely considered the “6th Stone,” was never an official member of the group because Oldham felt he didn’t fit their image.
33. In 1963, the band took out a Christmas ad in a paper saying “Best wishes to all the starving hairdressers and their families,” when their long hair was considered controversial and outrageous.
34. Bill Wyman owns a restaurant in London called Sticky Fingers.
35. While Jagger and Richards did a lot of drugs (and Brian Jones did enough to kill himself), Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts abstained for the most part.
37. In 1963, their tour van skidded off a bridge, but luckly no one was seriously harmed as it didn’t flip over.
38. Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool a few weeks after leaving the band on July 3, 1969, and the coroner’s report listed “death by misadventure.”
39. Richards was arrested for heroin possession in 1977. As part of his sentence, he played two shows for blind children in Toronto.
40. When Mick Taylor left the band in 1975, The Stones considered a variety of musicians including Jeff Beck, Wayne Perkins, Havey Mandel, Rory Gallagher and Peter Frampton before deciding on Ron Wood.