Walk of Fame These Rolling Stones Facts Will Rock Your Socks Off Published 10 months ago on Apr 18, 2018 By Michael Berdy You’d better get some shelter, because it’s time to talk about one of the most legendary and longest-lived bands in music history. When we say Rolling Stones, you can’t help but think of mindblowing tunes, wild parties, and colorful characters. We’re still grooving after all these years, and so are they. Whether you like them slow and funky or loud and in your face, we’ve got it all. Jump aboard the groupie van and learn the surprising tales behind some of your favorite Rolling Stones tunes — and the larger than life personas that made the music and stole the show! 1. Start Him Up; He’ll Never Stop Gym junkies, listen up, because this you’re in serious competition with Mick Jagger for your exercise regimen. Even in his seventies, the Rolling Stones lead singer is still a force to be reckoned with, and shows no signs of slowing down. How does he do it? Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images By some evaluations, through his strutting, hopping, jumping, strolling, and dancing, Mick Jagger covers roughly twelve miles onstage with every performance. Would you be able to keep up with that? 2. The Vote That Made History Rolling Stone Magazine listed it as the second greatest song, ever. Ask even the most inexperienced music fans what Rolling Stones songs they know, and they’ll hum those five snarling chords of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. And you’ll be shocked to learn it almost wasn’t released as a single! Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Legend says Keith Richards wrote the song, then fell asleep snoring, tape recorder still running. When he woke up, he he was suprisingly less than impressed with his creation, and so was Mick Jagger. Ando so it was put to a vote. Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Brian Jones said yes, and we can all say a resounding, “Thank you!” 3. You Can’t Say We’re Satisfied Recorded in Jamaica in 1973, “Angie” has become one of the most beloved ballads of all time. So who’s the muse? It’s been said that the Rolling Stones song was a sort of apology to David Bowie’s first wife, Angie Bowie, who claims her husband cheated with Mick Jagger. But is it true? Reddit Keith Richards says no. He notes that the song was inspired by his baby daughter, Dandelion Angela. But it’s a case of the chicken and the egg — he later said the song’s name was randomly chosen, before his daughter was even born. Regardless, we’re still wistfully humming and strumming along. 4. An Unlucky Streak The day before a concert in Boston, The Rolling Stones experienced a massive stroke of bad luck. While on their way, foggy weather grounded them in Rhode Island. Then an altercation with a photographer at the airport landed Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in jail. Boston’s mayor, Kevin White, feared if they didn’t play that night, disappointed fans would cause a riot. Keystone/Getty Images So what did the quick-thinking White do? He paid their bail, and whisked them off to Boston, 45 miles away, with a full limousine escort. The restless crowd was overjoyed when the Stones finally took the stage, even though it was by then 12:45 AM. Smart move, Mayor! 5. So Respectable The Rolling Stones are no strangers to bawdy lyrics, racy imagery, censorship, and controversy. The Ed Sullivan Show also had a history of making artists clean up their act. Naturally, on one of their six appearances on the show, the Stones were bound to run into lyrical trouble. rollingstone.com “Let’s Spend The Night Together” was too suggestive for 1967 American television. Ed Sullivan himself butted heads with Mick Jagger, giving him the angry ultimatum: the song goes, or you do. The words were softened to “spend some time together”. You can easily spot Mick rolling his eyes in the video! That’s not even the wildest Rolling Stones fact on our list — you won’t believe what else we’ve uncovered for you. 6. Exile on Abbey Road It took the Rolling Stones a couple takes before their songwriting truly took off. Their first single, “Come On”, was actually a Chuck Berry cover. But you’ll never guess which superstars ‘gifted’ the Stones their next hit. Pinterest Believe it or not, it was The Beatles! Sure, they were occasionally rivals for the spotlight, constantly riffing off each other, but under it all, they had great respect for each other as musicians. John Lennon and Paul McCartney even wrote the 1963 hit single, “I Wanna Be Your Man”, before Keith Richards and Mick Jagger’s eyes in the Rolling Stones’ studio. 7. Moves Like Turner As frontman for the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger’s one of the most famous singers of all time. His frenzied dancing makes his stage presence almost otherworldly. And though Mick will tell you his mom taught him how to boogie, another ’60s icon claims at least partial credit: Tina Turner. theguardian.com The two were friends for decades, long before their iconic performance at Live Aid 1985. Back in the 1960s, Tina and then-husband Ike Turner joined the Stones for their UK tour. Tina says she and her backup dancers, the Ikettes, had a thing or two to teach Mick — and the rest is history. 8. Under Dino’s Thumb When the Rolling Stones first came to the United States in June 1964, they had already made enough of a name for themselves to have to escape shrieking hordes of fans. But they certainly weren’t fond of one celebrity host on the tour: Dean Martin. Express Newspapers/Getty Images Whether it was the long hair, the twangy music, or just a mood, the King of Cool made a series of wisecracks at the band’s expense during their taping on Hollywood Palace, joking they were “picking fleas” off each other backstage. Even fellow musician Bob Dylan noted that Dean should apologize. 9. Pleased to Meet You Get out the maracas and conga drums, we need to talk about Sympathy For The Devil. With ghoulish gusto, it covers calamities ranging from the Russian Revolution, to World War II, to the Kennedy assassinations. But did you know it’s inspired by a heavily-censored Russian political satire? radiox.co.uk In his posthumously-published novel The Master and Margarita, author Mikhail Bulgakov imagines two wild scenarios: the Devil visiting Soviet Moscow, and an alternate telling of the trial of Jesus in Jerusalem. Then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull gave Mick the newly-translated book. Can you detect its influence in the lyrics? 10. Get Off Of My Circus Rock and Roll Circus was a slice of ’60s magic orchestrated by the Rolling Stones, guest-starring The Who, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, and many more. It was also Brian Jones’ last live performance. But do you know which rock superheroes were dropped from the lineup? Pinterest Believe it or not, it was Led Zeppelin! The zany circus spectacle was filmed a month and a day before their first album dropped. But their demo tape was just too heavy for Mick Jagger, and so they selected newcomers Jethro Tull. Apparently, Led Zeppelin were too proud to beg. We’re just getting started up. Keep reading for more wild Rolling Stones stories! 11. No Rest For The Micked By the summer of 1966, the Rolling Stones had already built up a reputation as bringing festivities and mayhem wherever they went. When they arrived in New York City as part of the tour, they encountered a big problem in the Big Apple: they couldn’t find a hotel bed! Pinterest Fourteen different hotels declined to host the band, due both to their room service habits and the cost of protecting them from rabid fans. Now here’s one for the really dedicated fans: there’s even a Mad Men episode taking place in that New York concert. 12. Career Changes Okay, so we all heard the legend of how Jagger re-met Richards on the train on the way to the London School of Economics, but what of the other Rolling Stone who’s also been there for the whole ride? Drummer Charlie Watts! Though he had a completely different career path before music. Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images Charlie Watts was a graphic designer by trade, working in both the UK and Denmark, and was the last member to join the Rolling Stones, in 1963. He still found ways to combine his talents, designing the cover art for the back of the Between the Buttons album. 13. Soul Sister No song by any other artist better encapsulated the turbulence of the ’60s quite like “Gimme Shelter”. Mick Jagger’s chorus is given a raw punch by the towering vocals from singer Merry Clayton. She sings so powerfully, you’d think she’d been in practicing all day. Far from it! IORR.org When Merry got the call to pop over to record at the Los Angeles studio, it was the middle of the night! She arrived, pregnant, curlers still in her hair, and delivered one of the most unforgettable performances of her time. You can even hear Mick exclaim in the background. 14. [Definitely Not] The Last Time The Beatles’ layover at the airport was enough to cause chaos, so when the Rolling Stones arrived in Singapore as part of their Far East Tour in 1965, they knew local fans would be ecstatic. One big problem though: their concert happened to coincide with Chinese New Year. YouTube They probably didn’t expect to compete with the sound of firecrackers and gongs outside! While the concert was about to take place, a gate collapsed outside the venue as police tried to keep back the revelers. The pandemonium no doubt prepared the Stones for the far greater concert riots in years to come. 15. The Rolling Stones’ Haunted Mansion Recording the 1972 double album Exile on Main Street was an arduously long process, with the Rolling Stones and crew shacking up at the picturesque Villa Nellcôte in the south of France. But behind the scenes of the epic and glamorous parties, their recording studio hid a dark secret. Dominique Tarlé Decades before, during World War II, the estate had been taken over as the local Nazi headquarters during the German occupation of France. In fact, their insignia could still be found on the floorboards downstairs. Creepy! Think you’re a Stones buff? See if you knew these next surprising facts! 16. You Really Can’t Get What You Want Who’s your local celebrity? For residents of Excelsior, Minnesota, just west of Minneapolis, that personality was a local by the name of Jimmy Hutmaker. What was his claim to fame? He claimed to have been the inspiration for the Rolling Stones song “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. aculco.co.uk As the story goes, in 1964 Mick Jagger came into a drugstore the day after a concert, where “Mister Jimmy” met him and complained that he’d ordered a cherry Cola but received it plain. Hutmaker sighed, joking, and what do you think was the next thing he remarked? “You can’t always get what you want,” of course! 17. Spin Cycle It was recorded at Ronnie Wood’s house before he’d even joined the band, it was inspired by a David Bowie song, and Bowie also did the backup vocals on the demo. So what the heck does the Rolling Stones song “It’s Only Rock And Roll” have to do with the sailor outfits the bandmembers wore in the video? Michael Putland/Getty Images If they were going to splash around in laundry detergent suds in the promo video for the classic tune, their notoriously fabulous wardrobe might get ruined; hence the outlandish costumes. Electrocution risk and all, they delivered an instantly memorable moment of rock and roll history — and we like it. 18. He’s A Gas, Gas, Gas He was born in a crossfire hurricane, he was covered by Aretha Franklin, and even became a film starring Whoopi Goldberg. So who could the mythical character of Jumpin’ Jack Flash possibly be? Whoever he is, he trims the hedges very nicely! Annie Leibovitz Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were at the latter’s home in the countryside, when they were awoken by the stomping boots of the gardener, Jack Dyer. “That’s Jumpin’ Jack,” Keith informed Mick. Fun fact: Richards says that although the song is essentially “Satisfaction” in reverse, it’s one of his favorites to play. 19. Prodigal Sons Disgruntled with their previous album’s foray into psychedelia, the Rolling Stones spiced things up for their 1968 album Beggars Banquet. But it wasn’t the war protest lyrics nor the casual references to Satanism that landed them in hot water; rather, it was the original album cover, featuring a toilet! Soundbard.com Photographed in a mechanic shop on Hollywood Boulevard, only the top half of the toilet was shown, with cheeky graffiti scrawled on the wall of the stall. The battle with the Stones’ record company about the cover delayed the album’s release. Ultimately, they chose a simple wedding invitation format for the cover instead. 20. Shock Rocker Keith Richards is one of rock and roll’s most notorious bad boys, and has pulled a laundry list of wild stunts throughout his career. But this cool cat definitely used up one of his nine lives in a concert in Sacramento, California, on December 3rd, 1965. Dominique Tarlé Keith’s guitar touched the microphone stand, and suddenly a fireball erupted and he fell over, shocked by a power surge. It’s believed he was saved because his suede shoes had thick soles that absorbed the current. Miraculously, he was back up on his feet playing the very next night. Think that’s unbelievable? Just wait. Continue reading and find out more amazing Rolling Stones facts! 21. A Logo is Born Before Sticky Fingers hit the world, Mick Jagger went to the London Royal College of Art in search of someone who would design a logo for the Rolling Stones. He had been inspired by the imagery of Hindu goddess Kali, who is often depicted sticking her tongue out of her mouth. RollingStone.com But a young M.A. student by the name of John Pasche found inspiration closer to home: in the unmistakably marvelous mouth of Mick Jagger himself. The result? Only one of the most recognizable and widely-marketed symbols of the modern world. 22. Setting the Trend Do you enjoy having the mixed drink that’s as visually pretty as it’s tasty, the tequila sunrise? Yes, there’s a song about it by The Eagles, but it’s thanks to the Rolling Stones that it became so popular. Mick Jagger got a taste for the cocktail on their 1972 tour. rollingstone.com It was first served to them at the Trident Hotel in San Francisco, at a private party organized by famed concert promoter, Bill Graham, and would accompany them for the rest of the debaucherous trip across North America, introducing the drink to thousands of tastemakers. 23. Waltzing Mick-tilda Few songs will get you racing to the dance floor quite like “Brown Sugar”. It’s allegedly about actress Marsha Hunt, with whom Mick Jagger was having an affair while she appeared in the London stage production of Hair. But he penned it under wildly different circumstances. Popmatters.com Mick had his muse in mind for the rollicking tune, writing worlds away in the Australian outback, where he was starring in a historical biopic about infamous bushranger Ned Kelly. We’re glad that between all the kangaroos and the Victorian beards, he found time to make music! 24. Southern Discomfort Audrey Hepburn had to thank him for writing Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Harper Lee based part of To Kill a Mockingbird on him. But even celebrity novelist Truman Capote was no match for the Rolling Stones. Frankly, how on Earth would his genteel sophistication mesh with rock music’s original rebels? Annie Leibovitz Truman Capote was assigned to report on the band amidst all the bacchanalia of their 1972 American tour. Keith Richards was decidedly not a fan, and ‘shattered’ a bottle of ketchup on his hotel room door, quipping about Capote’s novel In Cold Blood. “Can’t you hear me knocking?” Yikes. 25. A Way, Way Bigger Bang They’re one of the biggest bands of all time, so it should come as no surprise that they are also big record holders. On the Brazilian leg of the Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang tour, they held a gargantuan free concert on Rio de Janeiro’s celebrated Copacabana Beach. extra.ie Their show on February 18, 2006, happily coincided with Brazil’s best-known festival, just days before the Carnaval. Just how many concertgoers jammed on the sand that night? Estimates run as high as record breaking two million. Read on for some more fascinating Rolling Stones facts! 26. Street Fighting Men “Think the time is right for a palace revolution…” The Stones’ 1990 Urban Jungle Tour had perfect timing for Czechoslovakians who had just overthrown decades of oppressive Communism. Posters advertising the Prague concert declared: The Rolling Stones roll in, the Soviet army rolls out. Blesk.cz Newly-elected president Vaclav Havel gave the Stones a personal tour of Prague Castle. They played to a stadium that had formerly housed rallies of the dictatorial regime. They electrified generations of fans whose music options had been so restricted. It must have been one hell of a night! 27. Keeping Records By the time the Rolling Stones’ career took off, bassist Bill Wyman had already served in the Air Force, was married, and had a baby. He must have mastered how to prioritize his time, because he kept detailed records of his band’s rise to stardom in his daily diary. brooklynvegan.com Known for his reserved personality, Wyman never forgot how his mother threw out his childhood journals, and he became determined to fully document every scrap of his life from then on. He’s adapted parts of his diary to his autobiography — we can only imagine what tidbits he’s left unpublished! 28. Taylor-Made For such a scandalously good time, you’d never guess what a turning point “Honky Tonk Women” was for the Rolling Stones. The original take was Brian Jones’ last session with the band. And although its setting is the American South, it was written in South America — Brazil, to be precise. YouTube Though Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had a Hank Williams country ode in mind, it was new guitarist Mick Taylor’s way of making his new presence felt in the group that transformed the song with groovy, thumping guitar licks. Mick Taylor, we like the way you think! 29. Some Girls, Eh? If you were anywhere in 1977, you’re quite familiar with this next bit of wildness. For a brief spell, bopping with the Rolling Stones was a good friend of guitarist Ronnie Wood: the wife of the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Margaret. The unusual alliance took the tabloids by storm. Pinterest Margaret was the first lady who redefined what that role meant. Everyone involved promises that there was no funny business, and that social butterfly Maggie was just having a good time. Wonder what her son Justin, the current Canadian Prime Minister, thinks about his mom’s cool pals! 30. Moroccandroll Brian Jones was ahead of his time. Given that on his first trip to Morocco his girlfriend left with Keith Richards, you’d think he’d have an aversion to the place. But he returned in 1968, trading his guitar for pounding tribal goatskin drums and screeching reed pipes. Nightflight.com Jones went into the Rif Mountains, to the Master Musicians of Joujouka. This group of bards had been playing for just a bit longer than the Rolling Stones — for almost 1,200 years, that is! Their Jones-produced album of ‘world music’ was the first ever released on Rolling Stones Records. Don’t forget to SHARE this article with your Fellow Rolling Stones fans! Sources: Huffington Post, guitarplayer.com, Wikipedia UP NEXT Gunsmoke: Top Facts Behind The Longest-Lived Show on Television... 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