8 Decades

The most glamorous and memorable moments in a storied history.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were 18 and living with their parents when their band had its first live show July 12, 1962, at London's Marquee club. The humble spot was beneath the Academy movie theater playing The Day of the Triffids and held 100. The gig paid $500 in today's dollars. Mick Jagger and the Rollin' Stones, as they were billed (the name came from a Muddy Waters track), would do a 50-minute set of R&B covers that showed surprising knowledge of the genre. How many teens would know Robert Johnson's "I Believe I'll Dust My Broom"? (Their choice of Paul Anka's "Tell Me That You Love Me" showed less sophistication.) The Stones that night also consisted of Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and (according to Richards' 2010 autobiography, Life) drummer Mick Avory, who went on to play with The Kinks. Two years later, their first album would top the U.K. charts, staying there for 51 weeks, and go gold in the States; the group now ranks as one of the best-selling bands of all time with more than 200 million albums sold worldwide. But Jagger, now 68 and a British knight, didn't think his rock career would have legs. "Even Elvis had lasted perhaps less than 10 years," he said recently, "so how could anyone really last?" Jagger and Richards recently patched up a highly publicized feud inflamed by critical comments by the latter in his autobiography, and the Stones are said to be planning a 2013 tour.


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