January – The Month Charlie Watts Joined The Rolling Stones

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JANUARY 1963 – THE MONTH CHARLIE WATTS JOINED THE ROLLING STONES

Back in January 1963 Keith Richards diary often cited Ealing as THE regular gig in the calendar for the Rolling Stones who at that time were still to find a drummer suited to the band. 

Keith Richard’s biography “Life” has regular references to the club and a postcard purchased at the London “Exhibitionism” show displays a wonderful insight into the formation of the the World’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll band.

Keith Richard’s Diary (postcard purchased at Exhibitionism London) On 8th January 1963, Ealing, Bo Diddley, The Marquee are all on the agenda. 3010….. who knows?

On 12th Jan 1963, the ex-Blues Incorporated Drummer Charlie Watts played with the Rolling Stones for the first time at the Ealing Club. In recent years, the date has been celebrated on the band’s social media pages.

In 2021, Charlie’s joining day birthday was celebrated by Ronnie Wood while The Rolling Stones simply tweeted………..

“Hate To See You Go” performed by the Rolling Stones, inspired by Chicago and recorded in London!

For more background on Charlie joining the Rolling Stones please check out the movie: Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of the Ealing Club. 

The Steps Remain The Same!

Think of Ealing music and many thoughts will return to the iconic steps that lead down to the venue where Blues Incorporated and countless other musicians turned up to play the blues.

In 2020, Ealing based artist Jessica Rose applied her linocut expertise to recreate the dank yet dramatic steps that are on the destination bucket list for many music fans around the world. Back in August, even the pages of Forbes Magazine agreed on that last point (see our blog here)

There is currently an opportunity to grab 1/10 limited edition & numbered linocut prints that are on sale via www.ealingclub.com.


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