Remembering the Rolling Stones

ROLLING STONES: Richard Houghton, of Preston, is compiling a history of the rock band.

ROLLING STONES: Richard Houghton, of Preston, is compiling a history of the rock band.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

HALF a century ago this year the Rolling Stones played two shows at Kidderminster Town Hall, as part of their UK tour in 1964.

Richard Houghton, of Preston, is compiling a history of the band and would like to hear from any Wyre Forest residents who attended the concerts.

He said: "After doing a tour in 1963 supporting the Everly Brothers the Stones broke through as a headline act in 1964.

"Like many pop bands of the time they thought it was only a matter of time before the bubble of fame burst and so they gigged extensively throughout the year, performing over 300 times in order to make hay while the sun shone.

"Due to demand for tickets they often performed twice on the same day.

"The tour featuring the Town Hall concerts had been booked before they'd had a top ten hit but by the time of their appearances in Kidderminster their cover of Buddy Holly's Not Fade Away had reached number 3 in the charts.

"No complete record of exactly what songs they played exists - unless The Shuttle readers know better - but Not Fade Away will have featured along with 12 or 13 other songs."

Mr Houghton can be contacted by email at richardmhoughton@gmail.com or by post at 32 Manor Avenue, Preston, PR2 8DN.

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