It started at the Marquee Club in London on July 12, 1962, filling in for the regular band who had been booked to perform on the BBC.
And yesterday, the Rolling Stones were back to mark the 50-year anniversary of their debut.
That hastily arranged performance so long ago featured only half the current line-up, namely Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Jagger and Richards were joined on stage that night by Brian Jones (then calling himself Elmo Lewis); Dick Taylor on bass, Ian Stewart on piano and Tony Chapman on drums.
Wednesday, the four longest-serving members (Jagger, Richards and ‘new boys’ Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts), who have a combined age of 272, came together in public for the first time in four years.
They posed for a picture by noted photographer Rankin against a mock-up of the Marquee Club from its Sixties heyday.
The 50th anniversary is being marked by a documentary and book launch, as well as a photographic exhibition that runs until August 27 at Somerset House in London.
A tour is also rumoured to be in the works.
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