Today in History: The Rolling Stones make their live debut
On July 12, 1962, The Rolling Stones made their live debut to the world.
Lead singer Mick Jagger was known to play at Marquee Jazz Club in London with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the club’s house band. But when The Blues Incorporated were offered a slot on BBC Radio’s Jazz Club program that night, Marquee owner Harold Pendleton had to find new entertainment for the evening.
Jagger persuaded Pendleton to allow his new band to perform, and the rest was history.
The band was billed as The Rollin’ Stones and featured Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on guitar, Elmo Lewis (Brian Jones) on guitar, Dick Taylor on bass and Mick Avory on drums.
The band chose their name after a Muddy Waters record and were paid £20 for the gig.
The setlist included traditional blues covers:
"Kansas City" (Wilbert Harrison)
"Honey What’s Wrong" (Billy Fury)
"Confessin’ The Blues" (Chuck Berry)
"Bright Lights, Big City" (Jimmy Reed)
"Dust My Blues" (Elmore James)
"Down The Road Apiece" (Chuck Berry)
"I Want To Love You" (Charles Smith)
"I’m A Hoochie Coochie Man" (Muddy Waters)
"Ride ‘Em On Down" (Robert Johnson)
"Back In The USA" (Chuck Berry)
"I Feel A Kind Of Lonesome" (Jimmy Reed)
"Blues Before Sunrise" (Elmore James)
"Big Boss Man" (Jimmy Reed)
"Don’t Stay Out All Night" (Billy Boy Arnold)
"Tell Me That You Love Me" (Fats Domino)
"Happy Home" (Elmore James)