Rolling Stones - Rolling Stones history 1980 - 1989


April. "Emotional Rescue" is released and will top both for UK and US charts for one and seven weeks respectively. All The Rolling Stones except Keith attend a launch party af the Duke of York´s Barracks i Chelsea.

July. Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg separate.


February. Mick drops out of Ftizcarraldo after co star Jason Robards falls ill on location in the Amazon jungle, causing filming Schedules to be altered.

August. Bill Wyman enjoys his first solo hit single with (Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star", which stalls just one place short of the UK Top 10 but hits bigger across Europe.

September. "Tatoo You", largely compiled from previous ses-sions but promoted as a new album, nevertheless tops the US charts, makes No. 2 in Britain and spawns a transatlantic Top 10 single in "Start Me Up". Meanwhile, a 50-date tenth US tour plays to two million: Mick Taylor jams in Kansas City.


26th May. A European tour opens in Aberdeen as "Still Life",recorded on the previous year´s US tour, is days away from release.

1st September. Redlands is again engulfed by fire.


November. "Undercover"becomes the first Rolling Stones album to be distributed by CBS, who take over from EMI. The title trackvideo, directed by sometime Sex Pistols collaborator Julien Temple, causes controversy for its violent content.

December. Keith Richards marries Patti Hansen in a secret ceremony on his birthday. Mick Jagger is present.


2nd March. Elizabeth Scarlett, first of four children to Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, is born.

14th June. The Madison Square Garden includes The Rolling Stones in their Hall Of Fame, as well as giving them their first platinum ticket for the 1981 concerts. Meanwhile Mick Jagger guests along side Michael Jackson on the Jackson´s "State Of Shock" single.


March. Mick Jagger´s debut solo album "She´s The Boss" appears, with an all-star cast including Pete Townshend and Jeff Beck.

Bill Wyman, Charlie Wats and Ron Wood are video´d fund-raising for Multiple Sclerosis at Fulham Town Hall as Willie And The Poor Boys. 

13th July. Mick Jagger performs solo for the first time ever at Live Aid in Philadelphia, joining with Tina Turner for State Of Shock" and (on video) David Bowie for "Dancing In The Street". This will, in August, become a UK No. 1 and US No. 7 single.

18th Novermber. Charlie Watts debuts his 29-strong Big Band at Ronnie Scott´s Club in London. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ian Stewart (Stu) attend the residency´s opening night, Bill Wyman later in the week.

12th December. Ian "Stu" Stewart dies of a heart attack while visiting a West London clinic. He was 47. All The Rolling Stones attend his funeral on the 20th, along with many big rock´n´roll names.


23rd January. Keith Richards inducts Chuck Berry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, saying: " I lifted evey lick he ever played".

25th February. Eric Clapton presents The Rolling Stones with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, two days after they played London´s 100 Club as atribute to Ian "Stu" Stewart. 

March. "Harlem Shuffle" precedes the release og new album "Dirty Work",co-produced with Steve Lillywhite. It is a transatlantic No. 4 hit.

July. Bill Wyman and Ron Wood play with Rod Stewart and The Faces in a reunion gig at Wembley Stadium.

August. The UK tabloid press reveals Bill Wyman´s affair with teenager Mandy Smith.

December. "Live At The Fulham Town Hall" is released by the Charlie Watts Orchestra as they play a mini North American tour. 


26th Sepember. Mick Jaggers second solo album "Primitive Cool",co-produced with Eurythmics Dave Stewart, enters the chart at UK No.26. A tour falls through when Jeff Beck pulls out, though Japanese dates are played in March 88.


November. Ron Wood and Bo Diddley tour the States, billed as the Gunslingers.Charlie Sexton replaces Bo Diddley for dates in Dallas and Memphis.


20th January. Mick Jagger inducts the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joining Georg Harrison and Bruce Springsteen for a performance of "I Saw Her Standing There".

18. May. A band meeting at London´s Savoy Hotel - the first for two years -irons out personal differences and pencils in a new album and tour for 1989.

October. Keith Richards debut solo album "Talk Is Cheep"appears. It will be promoted from late November by his new solo band, The X-Pensive Winos, including guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Ivan Nevilleon keyboards.   


18th January.The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, though Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman elect not to attend. Mick Taylor augments the remaining trio.

March. A contract is signed with Michael Cohl of Concert Productions International guaranteeing The Rolling Stones $65 - 70.000.000 for 50North American dates.

May. Bill Wyman opens his Sticky Fingers restaurant in Kensington, London.

2nd June. Bill Wyman marries 19 year old Mandy Smith.

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