One of the most famous rock bands in all of music history, The Rolling Stones, their fame and popularity have transcended generations. Even fifty years after the band’s humble beginnings in London back in 1962, the rolling stones are still just as capable of filling a stadium with tens of thousands of screaming fans today as they were back then. Over the decades, the band has gathered quite the army of fans, especially lead singer Mick Jagger, arguably one of the most famous members of the band, but how much do fans really know about “The Stones”? Let’s explore everything you never learned about The Rolling Stones.
As previously mentioned, the rolling stones first formed in London back in 1962. The original members were Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Other band members such as Mick Taylor, Ron Wood, and Darryl Jones joining later in the band’s career. The Stones began playing music that was based on Chicago blues in pubs and clubs in west London. You may read our article, “Who is Ronnie Wood and What are His Contributions to Classic Rock?” to learn more about the band’s often underrated guitarist.
At first, the band’s chances for success seemed slim. However, by 1965 their popularity among the teenage crowd of Britain was surpassed only by the Beatles. These two bands were very different in just about every way the Beatles wore matching suits, and their appearances were seen as charming. The Stones, on the other hand, had very long hair, dressed very differently, and were seen as intimidating; however, both bands enjoyed popularity right around the same time.
Die-hard fans of any band love to flex their knowledge by dropping little-known facts lets add a few of those little-known facts about the Stones to your arsenal, so the next time you’re trying to impress a fan of the band, you are well equipped. For starters, the famous logo of The Rolling Stones, the “tongue and lips” or “hot lips,” is inspired by the Hindu goddess Kali, the goddess of everlasting energy. This was per the request of Mick Jagger.
However, the logos creator John Pasche ended up using jagger’s own mouth as the template. two of the bands founding members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have known each other for a very long time first meeting in primary school at Wentworth Primary School they then attended separate secondary schools but met back up years later and played their first gig together on July 12, 1962.
The name of the band was inspired by the song titled “Rollin’ Stone” by Muddy Waters. In addition to The Rolling Stones, there were also other bands that got their names from popular songs. To know more, read our article titled Popular Bands with Names Taken from Famous Songs.
One more fact to add to your arsenal that may come in handy if you find yourself at a bar with a Stones fan they popularized the cocktail tequila sunrise in Keith Richards autobiography titled “Life” he reveals that the band’s tour in 1972 was unofficially known as the “cocaine and Tequila Sunrise” tour due to the fact that this was the band’s drug and drink of choice at the time.
The Rolling Stone’s influence has stretched on for nearly five decades; you would be hard-pressed to find someone who has never heard of the band or at least heard the name of the band’s lead singer, Mick Jagger, who has been featured in multiple movies and referenced in countless songs by other artists. So the old saying is true that rock and roll will never die–or at least that seems to be the case with the Rolling Stones who have definitely stood the test of time and passed with flying colors.
Will there ever be another rock band that will leave such a lasting impression on the world? Or will the Stones go down in history as possibly the most influential rock band of all time? Only time will tell.