It’s Only Rock n’ Roll

….but I  LOVE it!

The Rolling Stones lineup May 1969 - December 1974 Charle Watts, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman

Friday 13th June 1969 in London’s Hyde Park. This is my favorite Rolling Stones lineup after Brian Jones.                  (May 1969 – December 1974).  Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman


In 1974 whilst working in the offices at Corby’s British Steel Corporation I would sometimes buy cut-price LP’s from a girl whose boyfriend had access to the wholesale record market. Mary would turn up with all sorts of records in the sure knowledge that she would return home with nothing but cash, as her ‘stock’ would be swallowed up in minutes given the eclectic taste of her clientele. One such purchase of mine was the Rolling Stones ‘It’s Only Rock n’ Roll’ which I’d bought for two reasons. Firstly, I had always appreciated the Stones’ music and secondly, the cover artwork, which had been designed and painted by the Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. The LP was duly consigned to my somewhat extensive record collection. At that time the line-up of the Stones had changed only once since the untimely death of Brian Jones in 1969: his replacement being Mick Taylor. Skip forward 35 years to 2009 when I heard that Mick Taylor was to be a guest on my show. Being the music and autograph anorak that I am I had to think of something that Mick might sign that would be a fitting memento of the occasion. Well the choice was obvious: a beautiful album cover from 1974.  (Friday 15th May 2009. Picture and arranged © Dave Allen: Mad Hatter Promotions).But_I_Like_It_Oliff_TaylorFollowing our meeting my album was duly re-consigned to my collection, but with a little more reverence given its freshly signed status. Then, earlier this year, I was contacted by a promoter who told me that Bill Wyman was to bring his Rhythm Kings to Market Harborough and I’d be given access to the pre-show sound check. Well, there was only one contender for the obligatory autograph. However, the promoter told me that Bill never signs anything depicting The Rolling Stones and not to hold out for a miracle. IMG_2372b

'It's Only Rock 'n Roll' signed by Bill Wyman & Mick Taylor

‘It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll’ signed by Bill Wyman & Mick Taylor

Someone once told me to ‘expect miracles’ and, after studying the cover for a short time, and seeing Taylor’s signature (with a few choice comments, I might add), Bill Wyman duly obliged. (Saturday 24th August 2013. Picture © Ros Argent. Arranged by Dave Allen: Mad Hatter Promotions).

Together again in 2012

The 1969-1974 line-up together again: Thursday 29th November 2012. O2 Arena, London


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