The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones • Lucky Stars Special • November 29, 1964 • No. 4


Alpha Television Studios, Aston, Birmingham • ABC Weekend Television 

Rehearsals • ABC's Thank Your Lucky Stars • broadcast December 5, 1964, 5:50-6:30 pm

Bottom to top: Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards


The Story

A rare bird's eye view of The Rolling Stones taken during the group's taping of ABC's Lucky Stars Special.

Two weeks after completing their second tour of North America, The Rolling Stones convene at ATV's Birmingham studios. The group pre-records four mimed performances for a special edition of ABC Weekend Television’s Thank Your Lucky Stars to be broadcast the following Saturday. Songs performed: 'Around and Around,' 'Little Red Rooster,' 'Off The Hook,' 'Empty Heart'

The Stones were the featured guests for this special edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars, and were in studio to promote their fifth UK single, 'Little Red Rooster,' which Decca had released only days before the group’s return from America. As Jagger & Richards were still in the early stages of finding their way as consistent songwriters, this fifth single also marked the fifth time in a row that the group relied on outside material for the A-side of a UK disc. Cover song or not, 'Little Red Rooster' shot to the top of the UK charts on December 5, 1964; the very day this episode aired. It remains the only blues song to reach No. 1 on the British charts and marked the final time The Stones would release a cover as a UK single during the '60s.

Also appearing on this special edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars: Sandie Shaw, Clinton Ford, Herman's Hermits, Mark Wynter, Petula Clark, Janice Nicholls

Photo by Tony Gale / Formerly from the collection of Tony Gale

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