July 12: The First Rolling Stones Gig

stones-clipping-1If you had gone to London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962, you’d be treated to a performance by a young group calling themselves The Rolling Stones.

The R&B band (as the press clipping at right shows, lead singer Mick Jagger didn’t want the band to be labeled “a rock ‘n’ roll outfit”) took their name from a song by Muddy Waters and performed a set that largely consisted of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley covers plus a large helping of Chicago style blues.

Of the five band members who performed that evening, only three would still be in the group when it became famous: Jagger and guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, who at the time was going under the delightful pseudonym Elmo Lewis. Dick Taylor would leave the group and form his own R&B group, Pretty Things and Mike Avory would serve as the longtime drummer for the Kinks. Taylor and Avery would be replaced by Bill Wyman and the incomparable Charlie Watts to help the Stones earn the (self-given) title of “greatest rock & roll band in the world.” Despite most of the band being in their late 60s or early 70s, and the fact that Jones died forty-four years ago, the Rolling Stones continue to tour to this very day, with seemingly no intention of stopping.

Now, for a day such as this, we turn to Rolling Stones guitarist, and would be pirate king, Keith Richards for a cocktail. Here’s Keith himself explaining an interesting little number he might have created called Nuclear Waste:

The ideal recipe, according to other interviews with Keith is Stoli Vodka and Sunkist Orange Soda. Is this mystical elixir the thing that’s kept Keith Richards alive despite a drug heavy and often eccentric lifestyle? Well, you’ll just have to keep drinking it to find out.

Nuclear Waste

  • 2 ounces Stoli Vodka
  • 1 ounce Sunkist Orange Soda

Pour the ingredients over ice in a tumbler, briefly stir and enjoy.

Tomorrow: A real estate advertisement that became a civic icon.


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