Watching this video of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary concert in London, who would say that Mick Jagger is 69 years old? Or that Keith Richards is 68 and Charlie Watts 71? Ronnie Wood is 65. The Rolling Stones still rock.
This song, Honky Tonk Women, topped the charts in Britain and maybe America, too, in 1969. That was the year Brian Jones was asked to leave the band and drowned in his swimming pool. I remember listening to the song on the BBC World Service.
1969 was a golden year in pop music when UK chart toppers included songs like Get Back and The Ballad of John and Yoko by the Beatles, Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival, I Heard It through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye, Where Do You Go to My Lovely by Peter Sarstedt, Sugar Sugar by the Archies, In the Year 2525 by Zager and Evans, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – the Beatles composition covered by Marmalade – Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces, Dizzy by Tommy Roe, and I’ll Never Fall in Love Again by Bobby Gentry.
Here are the Stones performing Honky Tonk Women in London in 1969.
Back to the present day, the Stones still drive the fans crazy. Hear them scream before the Stones launch into I Wanna Be Your Man, a Lennon-McCartney composition recorded by the Beatles as well as the Stones. You have to wait a minute to see the Stones on stage, but the performance is worth waiting for.