Rolling Stones members Keith Richards, Brian Jones backstage 1965
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The Rolling Stones iconic appearance on The Mike Douglas show singing ‘Not Fade Away’, 1964

We’re digging into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you a very special performance from one of rock and roll’s greatest bands, The Rolling Stones. We’re bringing you the band’s game-changing appearance on The Mike Douglas Show from 1964.

The Rolling Stones are still one of the biggest bands on the planet. They still fill out stadiums and arenas, basically, any venue which will have them, with a crowd full of adoring fans. Nowadays many of that crowd are younger or only heard the hits but some fans, some have been there since the beginning – and you don’t get more ‘beginning’ of The Rolling Stones than this clip from 1964.

The footage, taken from The Mike Douglas Show which aired almost six decades ago, back in 1964, the band take to the stage to not only perform their brilliant cover of Buddy Holly’s ‘Not Fade Away’ but also give a short introductory interview. It was the beginning of a career that would shape music forever and provide the blueprint for smirking success for bands to come.

The short segment of questions for the band sees the whole group awkwardly shuffle as they are asked their names. Mike Douglas, who is conducting the interview, is left with the same perplexed look you will see across any middle-aged man’s face when trying to understand an emerging ‘youth culture’. It’s the clashing of two guards, one old and one new.

After talking about their long hair (classic), The Beatles (extra classic), and then bringing on to the stage a couple of hysterical teenage girls to parade for the audience, Douglas finally does the right thing and sits down, and lets this iconic band do what they do best and play. It was a wise choice as the screaming girls will attest to.

Slamming out a classic cover of Buddy Holly’s blues-y classic ‘Not Fade Away’ the band slip into familiar territory. Keith Richards expertly plays his riffs with a sneaking smile, Brian Jones offers the thinking man’s lead performance with a wink while Mick Jagger begins to perfect the shaking hips that will dominate his career.

All in all, it’s hard to see this moment, a performance and chat with The Rolling Stones (who’d only been a band for 18 months), as anything other than one of the seminal moments in their career and, therefore, music’s long and illustrious history.

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