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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Ian Stewart on piano, Mick Jagger on lead vocals, harmonica and maracas, Keith Richards on guitar and vocals, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums. Since Wyman's retirement in 1993, the band's full members have been Jagger, Richards, Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood who joined in 1975, replacing Mick Taylor (who followed Jones). Jones founded and led the band, but Jagger and Richards assumed leadership after becoming the band's primary songwriters … (read more at Wikipedia)
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Peel always had a soft spot for the Stones’ self-named first LP and in 1997 included it in a list of his all-time Top 20 Albums. A Chuck Berry cover from the record, ‘Carol’, was subsequently selected as lead track for the 1964 Peelenium. The DJ had been living in the United States at the time of the Stones’ breakthrough there and later recalled the invigorating results of their arrival after a “depressing period”:
“Fortunately the Beatles came to our rescue, followed in their train by the Stones. Once again, the young could be sure that their parents would be deeply mortified by and distrustful of the long-haired, unwashed and doubtless oversexed monsters whose pictures were disfiguring their daughters’ bedroom walls.”
In 1966, Peel was a DJ at KMEN in San Bernardino, California. According to Margrave Of The Marshes, he was at the side of the stage at a local Stones’ gig when the excitement threatened to spill out of control:
“During the show, a lad battled his way on to the platform, seized a policeman’s hand gun from its owner/operator’s holster, and fired several shots into the woodwork only a yard or two from Jagger’s nimbly prancing feet. The general din was so great that the band played on, unaware that whole generations of innocent woodworms were dying particularly unpleasant deaths as they romped and stomped the night away.”
The following year, Peel was working at Radio London when the Stones were imprisoned for drugs offenses. Peel shared the widespread opinion – echoed even in the columns of The Times – that the sentences handed down were disproportionate and devoted a full show to their music in late June or early July, after the verdict had been given. At the time when Jagger and Richards were appealing (in the end successfully) against their prison sentences, the Stones recorded ‘We Love You’ (with its flipside 'Dandelion'). The soon-to-close pirate station received a preview copy of the single, which Peel played twice during his final Perfumed Garden show, including as the closing track. The DJ would later choose ‘She’s A Rainbow’ from the subsequent ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ album for the 1967 Peelenium, while admitting that he was one of the few people to like the poorly received LP.
As host of Top Gear on Radio One, Peel naturally gave airplay to the Stones as the band quickly bounced back with a series of acclaimed albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s, very much in line with the back-to-the-roots trend of the post-psychedelic era. The Stones were at the height of their underground credibility, but this began to fade in the early 1970s when Mick Jagger began to mix with high society rather than the hippies. They continued to sell lots of records, yet by early 1976 Peel was growing uneasy with the unchanging lineup of bands heading rock’s top division:
“Although I have a lot of time for them myself – after all, I grew up with them – I am astounded that such aging combos as the Who, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Pink Floyd still dominate the romping and stomping field.”
The results of the inaugural 1976 Festive Fifty – in which the Stones had two entries – appeared to confirm a little-changing classic rock landscape for Peel's listeners. Earlier that year, the DJ had featured the Stones in a 1976 Band Retrospectives series, but he was now moving on and the makeup of his show changed radically under the influence of punk. At the end of 1977, looking back at the year, he would write, “Elton John retired from active service, and the Rolling Stones should have.” Although the band’s 1978 LP ‘Some Girls’ was seen by some as a partial return to form, Peel wondered aloud after playing disco-influenced lead single ‘Miss You’ on his 22 May 1978 show whether the band should have “knocked it on the head after ‘Satisfaction’ – I sometimes think so”.
In the years to come, Peel would limit himself to playing occasional older tracks by the Stones, most commonly from their early years. On 25 September 2001, he was still of the opinion that the band's debut album remained "their best LP".
Festive Fifty Entries
- No sessions. On 03 July 1992, Peel claimed that the Stones turned down the offer of a session. See also Sessions That Never Happened.
- 30 May 1971: live at Leeds University, recorded 1971-03-13
- Dead Flowers
- Stray Cat Blues
- Love In Vain
- Midnight Rambler
- Honky Tonk Woman
- Little Queenie
- Brown Sugar
- Street Fighting Man
- Let It Rock
Other Shows Played
- late June/early July (unknown date): Peel broadcasts full show of Stones music on Radio London after Jagger and Richards receive harsh sentences for drugs offenses. (See footnote 3 below.)
- 16 July 1967: The Singer, Not The Song (b-side of single Get Off Of My Cloud) Decca
- 17 July 1967: Tell Me (You're Comin' Back to Me) (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 18 July 1967: Get Off My Cloud (single, Decca - "revived 45")
- 19 July 1967: I Just Want To Make Love To You (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 22 July 1967: Honest I Do ("a Jimmy Reed song, from their first LP....called Rolling Stones") Decca
- Perfumed Garden (July/August) (exact date unknown): Oh Carol (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca (JP: this evening's "essential nocturnal rave")
- 06 August 1967: We Love You (single) Decca
- 14 August 1967: We Love You (single) Decca (JP: “Definitely a record for the gods there and it will be released, I don’t know, in a week or so, I suppose. We’ve had it out here for ten days, you know. And this week's music papers, they are saying that they have just heard this record and how marvelous it is and how much you are all going to enjoy it when you finally get to hear it yourselves in about a week.”)
- 14 August 1967: We Love You (single) Decca (played for second time that night to end the final Perfumed Garden)
- 31 December 1967: 2000 Man (LP: Their Satanic Majesties Request) Decca
- 19 May 1968: Jumpin' Jack Flash / Child Of The Moon (single) Decca (Peel interviews Mick Jagger & Brian Jones on Top Gear) 
- 09 June 1968: Interview with Mick Jagger on Top Gear 
- 21 September 1968: Peel interviews Mick Jagger on 'The Voice Of Pop' (BBC radio) 
- 17 November 1968: Interview with Mick Jagger on Top Gear 
- Unknown dates (late in year?): Peel previews tracks from Beggars Banquet. 
- 29 June 1969: Honky Tonk Women (single) Decca
- 29 November 1969: Monkey Man (LP – Let It Bleed) Decca
- 27 December 1969: Live With Me (LP - Let It Bleed) Decca (JP: From LP, "whatever it's called, Let It Bleed.")
- 25 April 1970: Midnight Rambler (LP - Get Yer Ya-Yas Out) Decca
- 09 May 1970: Stray Cat Blues (LP – Get Yer Ya-Yahs Out) Decca
- 23 May 1970: Street Fighting Man (LP – Get Yer Ya-Yas Out) Decca
- 13 June 1970: Midnight Rambler (LP - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert) Decca
- 27 June 1970: Oh Carol (LP - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert) Decca
- 12 September 1970: Midnight Rambler (LP – Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert) Decca
- 25 February 1972: That’s How Strong My Love Is (LP – Out Of Our Heads) Decca
- 03 March 1972: Around & Around (LP - Stone Age) Decca
- 16 June 1972: 19th Nervous Breakdown (single) Decca
- 19 May 1972: Rip This Joint (LP - Exile On Main St.) Rolling Stones
- 19 May 1972: Let It Loose (LP - Exile On Main St.) Rolling Stones
- 19 May 1972: Casino Boogie (LP - Exile On Main St.) Rolling Stones
- 23 May 1972: All Down The Line (single b-side Happy) Decca
- 26 May 1972: Rocks Off (LP - Exile On Main St.) Rolling Stones
- 30 May 1972: Stop Breaking Down (LP - Exile On Main St.) Rolling Stones
- 28 July 1972: Heart Of Stone (LP – Out Of Our Heads) Decca
- 25 August 1972: Can I Get A Witness (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 29 September 1972: Little Queenie (LP - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones In Concert) Decca
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (LP - Rock 'N' Rolling Stones) Decca
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2: Off The Hook (LP - The Rolling Stones, Now!) London
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 5: Rocks Off (LP - Exile On Main Street) Rolling Stones
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 6: Rocks Off (LP - Exile On Main Street) Rolling Stones
- 24 April 1973: Heart Of Stone (LP – Out Of Our Heads, 1965) Decca
- 14 June 1973: Mona (I Need You Baby) (LP: source unknown)
- 10 March 1975 or 13 March 1975: Little Queenie (album - 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!' The Rolling Stones In Concert ) Decca SKL 5065
- D021: I'm Going Down (LP - Metamorphosis)
- D021: Don't Lie To Me (LP - Metamorphosis)
- 26 May 1975: Brown Sugar (single) Rolling Stones (JP: “There’s a bunch of fun-loving sports, eh?”)
- 03 March 1976: tracks from Black And Blue LP 
- 13 April 1976: more Black And Blue 
- 14 April 1976: Black And Blue LP (side 2) 
- 13 August 1976: band retrospective, numerous tracks
- 27 December 1976: Jumping Jack Flash (LP – Through The Past Darkly) Decca FF#39
- 30 December 1976: Brown Sugar (LP-Made In The Shade) Rolling Stones FF#13
- 22 May 1978: Miss You (single) EMI (Peel wonders whether the band should have “knocked it on the head after Satisfaction – I sometimes think so.”)
- 12 June 1978: When The Whip Comes Down (LP – Some Girls) Rolling Stones (Peel has appeared with on Kaleidoscope (Radio 4) earlier in the evening discussing the new Rolling Stones album with Paul Gambaccini).
- 03 August 1978: Tell Me (You're Coming Back) (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 03 August 1978: Route 66 (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 03 August 1978: Little By Little (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 03 August 1978: Can I Get A Witness (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 18 September 1978: Respectable (7") EMI/Rolling Stones
- 19 October 1978: '19th Nervous Breakdown (7")' (London)
- 26 December 1978: Brown Sugar (LP - Sticky Fingers) Rolling Stones (played during look back at 1976 Festive Fifty)
- 29 January 1979: Everything Is Turning To Gold (7" b-side 'Shattered') Rolling Stones
- 05 February 1979: Everything Is Turning To Gold (7" b-side 'Shattered') Rolling Stones
- 29 May 1979: Bitch (album - Time Waits For No-One, originally on Sticky Fingers)
- 04 June 1979: All Down The Line (LP-Time Waits For No One (Anthology 1971-1977)) Rolling Stones Records ((JP: "Every time the Rolling Stones bring out an LP, they always seem to contrive to manage to get into the newspapers at that time, which obviously helps the sales of the records. And at the moment, as you doubtless have read, the unlovely Bianca Jagger is pursuing the unlovely Mick around the world, trying to get money from him.")
- 29 October 1979: We Love You (single) Decca (JP: “Nice to hear that again. Before you were born of course. Well, 1967.”)
- 21 January 1980: Now I've Got A Witness (Like Uncle Phil And Uncle Gene) (album - England's Newest Hit Makers) London
- 25 February 1980: I Can't Be Satisfied (LP - No. 2) Decca
- 26 February 1980: You Can't Catch Me (album - 2 No. 2) Decca
- 04 March 1980: Off The Hook (LP - No 2) Decca
- 10 March 1980: Empty Heart (EP - 5 x 5) Decca
- 12 March 1980: Confessin' The Blues (Five by Five (EP)) Decca
- 18 March 1980: Around And Around (LP - 12x5) Decca
- 02 June 1980: 19th Nervous Breakdown (unknown release)
- 11 June 1980: It's All Over Now (7") Decca F .11934
- 23 June 1980: Dance (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 23 June 1980: Where The Boys Go (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 23 June 1980: Down In The Hole (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 23 June 1980: Summer Romance (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 23 June 1980: Send Her To Me (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 24 June 1980: Emotional Rescue (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 25 June 1980: Where The Boys Go (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 25 June 1980: Let Me Go (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 26 June 1980: Dance (LP - Emotional Rescue) Rolling Stones (Paul Gambaccini sits in)
- 11 December 1980: The Singer Not The Song (b/w 7" - Get Off Of My Cloud) Decca F.12263
- 17 March 1991: The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
- 22 August 1983: Route 66 (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 06 January 1991: King Bee
- 03 October 1992: Little Red Rooster
- 19 March 1996: Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadows? (1966 single) Decca
- 09 December 1996: Satisfaction (Non-Peel session from the 60's) (John Peel's Classic Sessions)
- 20 February 1999 (BFBS): (JP: "I'm in the house on me own at the moment because my wife and William our son have gone to collect animal feed products: just cat food and chicken food and dog food and that sort of thing from a neighbouring village. It's the only connection we have with our most famous neighbour, Bill Wyman out of the Rolling Stones, formerly of the Rolling Stones. We share an animal feed product place: I think that puts me pretty close to the wacky world of rock-a-boogie.")
- 29 September 1999: Empty Heart (LP – 12X5) London
- 27 October 1999: Carol (LP-The Rolling Stones) Decca Peelenium 1964
- 03 November 1999: She's A Rainbow (LP-Their Satanic Majesties Request) Decca Peelenium 1967 (Peel reveals that he was one of the few people to like the LP)
- 30 November 2000: Little By Little (album - The Rolling Stones) Decca (JP initially plays this at 45rpm deliberately to test the opposite of the hypotheses that Tracy Ullman sounds like Mick Jagger when slowed to 33rpm)
- 31 July 2001: Have You See Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? (single)
- 25 September 2001: Can I Get A Witness (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca (JP: "Their best LP, I always maintain.")
- 19 September 2002: The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man (album - Out Of Our Heads) Decca
- 08 January 2003: Paint It Black (7") Decca
- 02 January 2004 (BBC World Service): Route 66 (LP - The Rolling Stones) Decca
- 18 March 2004: Come On (7") Decca
- 21 October 2004: Paint it Black (7") Decca (Robert Smith of the Cure as guest DJ)
- 05 May 1983 (TOTP): Get Off Of My Cloud (clip from 04/11/65, on 1000th edition of show)
- 05 January 1984 (TOTP): Let’s Spend The Night Together (clip from 26/12/67, on 20th anniversary show)
- Where It's At (3): Melody (LP-Black And Blue) Rolling Stones
- Where It's At (4): Cherry Oh Baby (LP-Black And Blue) Rolling Stones
- Staying Single: Satisfaction
- Beam Me Up, Scotty: 2000 Light Years From Home (LP-Their Satanic Majesties Request) Decca
- ↑ The Listener, 1973-11-22. Reprinted as ’Rock’s In Trouble,’ Olivetti Chronicles (hardback, p 268).
- ↑ Hardback edition, p 226. Peel was a DJ at the station from January or February 1966 until February 1967. The KMENtertainer of 22 July 1966 advertises tickets for a Stones show on Sunday July 24th at 2 p.m., at the Swing Auditorium, National Orange Show Grounds, with the Standells, the Syndicate of Sound and the McCoys as support acts. A list of Stones tour dates at the Rolling Stones Database: 1966 site gives only the first of two shows at the Civic Auditorium, Bakersfield, California on 1967-07-24. A firsthand account of these gigs also mentions the previous show at San Bernardino but not the gun incident.
- ↑ The exact date is unclear. According to the 1967-07-28 edition of International Times, Peel broadcast a full hour of Stones music on 04 July 1967.. Meanwhile, in his book The London Sound Brian Long says that the Perfumed Garden of 30 June 1967 was given over to records by the band (private email communication).
- ↑ For example, Peel was apparently able to preview tracks from the band's Beggar's Banquet LP on his show before its release in December 1968 (Michael Heatley, John Peel: A Life In Music, p 64).
- ↑ The Listener, 1976-04-22. Republished as ‘Eurovision 2’, Olivetti Chronicles (hardback, p 72).
- ↑ Rolling Stones Database: 1968. Recorded 1968-05-15.
- ↑ Rolling Stones Database: 1968. Recorded 1968-06-06.
- ↑ Rolling Stones Database: 1968. Repeated 23 September 1968.
- ↑ Rolling Stones Database: 1968.
- ↑ Heatley, p.64.
- ↑ The Peel Sessions, Ken Garner (BBC Books), p216.
- ↑ The Peel Sessions, Ken Garner (BBC Books), p216.
- ↑ The Peel Sessions, Ken Garner (BBC Books), p216.