Rolling Stones – Dave DiPaolo’s Deep Dive

The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that took the United States listening audience by storm in 1964. They formed in 1962 in London, and have been together writing, recording and performing live on stage ever since, save for a few solo projects. This is our deep dive into the Rolling Stones:

  • So how did they get their name? It wasn’t the magazine, since that began in 1967. It wasn’t Bob Dylan’s influence. It was actually thanks to a blues song from Muddy Waters called “Rollin’ Stone Blues”
  • Since the Beatles and the Stones both fought a bit for the same rock n roll loving audience, the Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham publicized the stones by asking “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?” The positioning worked, and the Stones became the Bad Boys of British rock, against their good boy counterparts in the Beatles
  • In 1968, The Stones taped a British television special called ‘Rock and Roll Circus.’ It featured music and circus performances, with guests Jethro Tull, John Lennon, Taj Mahal, and The Who, among others. The special was Lennon’s first performance without the Beatles. Though it was set to air in the UK, it actually never aired on TV, but was released on video in 1995
  • Secret Shows are not a new concept in the world of touring. The Stones have been doing secret shows at small venues for quite a long time, often on the heels of a big world tour, so they can get some practice time in
  • Remember Live Aid? The Stones didn’t appear as a group, but members of the band showed up anyway. Mick Jagger sang duets with David Bowie and Tina Turner, and Keith Richards played guitar with Bob Dylan
  • If you’ve never seen a Rolling Stones show, there’s a good chance someone you immediately know, has. The Stones are the highest earning rock band in history, having grossed over $750 Million
  • Their famous tongue logo was inspired by the Indian Hindu goddess Kali The Destroyer. It was designed by John Pasche, who was a student at the Royal College of Art in London when he got a gig designing a poster for The Stones 1970 European tour. Mick Jagger was wowed by the poster, so he asked Pasche to create a logo for their new record label. Jagger suggested Kali as a starting point, and Pasche incorporated Mick’s mouth into the design. The logo first appeared on the inner sleeve of the Sticky Fingers album. The cover of that album was designed by Andy Warhol, who is sometimes mistakenly credited with creating the lips logo