It was fifty-four years ago this week, specifically June fifth, 1964 when The Rolling Stones were met by over 500 fans as they arrived on BA flight 505 at Kennedy Airport for their debut US tour. The Stones held a press conference and then guested on the prestigious “5th Beatle”, DJ Murray The K’s radio program!
Although, the band was on the east coast, they then proceeded way out west to perform their first show in America in….wait for it…..San Bernardino Calif. at San Berdoo’s Swing Auditorium, they played no major cities on the west coast! In fact the closest The Stones got to playing L.A. was an appearance on “Dean Martin’s Hollywood Palace “ T.V. Show, which the band hated and regretted their agreement to appear!
The tour lasted a mere fifteen day’s with a total of only eleven shows, concluding on June 20th at Carnegie Hall in New York! As they traveled thru the tour, they took time to stop at the legendary Chess Records studio’s and record their next single “It’s All Over Now” as well as their instrumental 2120 South Michigan Ave. a tribute to the label’s famed location…
As the frantic, poorly planned tour criss crossed the U.S.A The Rolling Stones we’re constantly at odds between their fantasies about the U.S. and the realities that were 1960’s America!
….”You Can’t Always Get What You Wanna”…..Can ya ?
Here are The Stones with their classic, 2120….