Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones history 1970 - 1979


29.July. The band announces that Allen Klein has no authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf.

Two days later they fulfilt their commitment to Decca with the delivery of "Cocksucker Blues". Decca will not release it.

1st. August. The movie "Performance", starring Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg and Michele Breton, premieres.

September. Decca release the live album "Get Yer Ya-Ya´s Out".

5th October. The Band hire Prince Rupert Loewenstein to co ordinate their business affairs.


6th April. With the band now tax exiles, the formation of Rolling Stones Records is announced with Marshall Chess and The Rolling Stones themselves overseeing operations.

May."Sticky Fingers", produced by Jimmy Miller, tops the transatlantic album charts. "Brown Sugar, the band´s first UK hit in two years, heads for No. 2. (No. 1 Stateside).


12th May. Mick Jagger marries Bianca Perez Morena de Macias in St. Tropez. As well as The Rolling Stones, guests include Ronnie and Krissy Wood, Ringo Star, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Lane and Stephen Stills.

21st OctoberA daughter, Jade, is born.  


26th May. The release of The Rolling Stones first and only double vinyl studio album "Exile On Main Street", heralds a two month North American tour.

December. As french police issue warrants for Keith and Anita, Mick and Bianca fly to earthquake hit Nicaragua on a mercy mission.    


January. A Los Angeles Forum gig raises funds for eartsquakehit Nicaragua. 

31st.July. Redlands is severely damaged by fire but Keith, Anita and children escape.He later has it rebuilt to its original plans. 

September.The band tours Britain and Germany as "Goats Head Soup", The Rolling Stones last Jimmy Miller production heads for UK/US No. 1 with assistance from hit single "Angie". 


May. Bill Wyman´s debut solo LP "Monkey Grip" appears, featuring the likes of Dr John and Lowell George as guest musicians.

October. "It´s Only Rock´n´Roll", with production credited to The Glimmer Twins (Mick and Keith), is trailed by a London graffiti campaign. It will top the US chart, while the bubble-filled video for the single title track remains momorable.

12th December. Mick Taylor quits the band after five and a half years. "My attitude towards the other four members is one of respect... but now is the time to move on and do something new", he says. 


14th April. Ron Wood is named as fifth Rolling Stone for the summer tour, but The Faces split (eventually announced in December) is not yet confirmed.                         

1st. May. The Rolling Stones drive by their own Greenwich Village press conference in a flatbed truck, playing "Brown Sugar", to promote their tour.

1st June. The US tour opens in Louisiana, debuting a specially designed petal-shaped stage. The Memphis Vice Squad later threraten arrest if the band perform "Star Star" (aka Starfucker), but backdown. 


April. As"Black And Blue" heads for No. 2 in the UK charts (US No. 1), promoter Harvey Goldsmith announces one million tickes applications for the forthcoming London shows - enough to fill Earl´s Court 67 times.


June. Keith and Anita´s son Tara dies in the Geneva hospital where he was born, aged ten weeks.

21st August. The Rolling Stones play a circus-themed outdoor gig at Knebworth House in Hertfordshire to 200.000.


12th January. Keith Richards is found guilty of possessing cocaine, asubstance having been discoveret when he crashed his Bentley one the M1 the previous May.

24th February. As The Rolling Stones decamp to Canada to complete a live album recording, Keith and Anita are stopped at Toronto Airport and later arrested.

4th - 5th March. The band plays to a 300-stron invited audience at Toronto´s El Mocambo Club including Prime Minister´s wife Margaret Trudeau. (Mick issues a press sta- tement denying any affair.)

April. Having switched distribution from Warners to EMI for the rest of the world,The Rolling Stones Records re-signs with Atlantic for the US.

September.The double album "Love You Live" releases, one vinyl side dedicated to the second Toronto concert.


10th June. The album "Some Girls" and disco styled single "Miss You" both head for the top of the US chart as the band head off on a ninth Stateside tour. Furores break out over the cover (featuring Raquel Welch and Lucille Ball, among others) and lyrics to tongue-in-cheek title track.     

9th July. While in Chicago, the band (except Bill) jam with Muddy Waters at the Quiet Knight Club. Bill, meanwhile, breaks a knuckle in a fall the next day but plays nine gigs with a taped-up hefthand.  

October. As Keith is given one year´s probation by the Toronto court, Mick duets with reggae star (and Rolling Stones Records signing) PeterTosh on a recut of Smokey Robinson´s "(You Gotta Walk) Don´t Look Back".


February. Keith releases  his first ever solo single, combining covers of Chuck Berry´s  "Run Rudolph Run" and Jimmy  Cliffs "The Harder They Come".  

April. Keith leads his New Barbarians (including Ron Wood, Ian McLagan, Stanley Clarke and Bobby Keyes) at a benefit concert for the blind as part of his drugs sentence. The Rolling Stones also appear.   

August. The New Barbarians reconvene to play Knebworth.


2nd November. Mick Jagger and Bianca divorce. 

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