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It’s 1963 in the BBC’s salon, and a 21-year-old Mick Jagger is getting his hair done. It’s time for a television experience.
At this point, The Rolling Stones were only one year into their five-decade existence, having formed as the Rollin’ Stones in 1962. The band played its first gig on July 12, 1962, and it wasn’t until early 1963 that the Stones’ drummer Charlie Watts joined the lineup.
Each Stone wore long hair apart from one founding member, Ian “Stu” Stewart. Stu was chucked from the band by then-19-year-old manager Andrew Loog Oldham; allegedly, Stu didn’t fit the Stones’ image of “pretty, thin, long-haired boys.” (Though, he stayed on a as piano player for the Rolling Stones right up to his death in 1985.) Read more…