The Rolling Stones released their debut LP simply titled “The Rolling Stones” in…
Written by megarock on April 16, 2018
The Rolling Stones released their debut LP simply titled “The Rolling Stones” in the UK on April 16, 1964. The UK version was released on Decca Records. The American edition of the record, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on May 30, 1964, with the added title England’s Newest Hit Makers.
The majority of the tracks reflect the band’s love for R&B. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were fledgling songwriters during early 1964, and they only had one original song on the album “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)”. Writing credits for two songs are credited to “Nanker Phelge” – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. Phil Spector and Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as “Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene” in the subtitle of the Phelge instrumental “Now I’ve Got a Witness.”
The album cover photo was taken by Nicholas Wright. The cover bears no title or identifying information other than the photo and the Decca logo – an “unheard of” design concept originated by manager Andrew Oldham.
Upon its release, The Rolling Stones became one of 1964’s biggest sellers in the UK, staying at No. 1 for twelve weeks.
How many of you have the original UK version in your collection?
Happy 54th Birthday to The Rolling Stones debut LP “The Rolling Stones”!!!