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Mick Jagger Marries Bianca Macias in St Tropez

On May 12th, 1971, Mick Jagger and Bianca Macias tie the knot in a Roman Catholic ceremony at St. Anne’s Church in St. Tropez in the south of France. Mick Jagger had been studying Catholicism with the pastor of St. Anne’s, Abbe Lucien Baud so they could have an altar wedding after the civil ceremony. With the sun shining on the Cote d’Azur, it all looked like everything was set for the perfect wedding, but this was The Rolling Stones…

The Rolling Stones become Tax Exiles

The Rolling Stones should have been rolling in money, Sticky Fingers had recently been released and was to be the biggest selling Rolling Stones album. They had also just signed a new record deal with Atlantic Records for a large fee.

However by April 5th, 1971, British taxes were due and The Rolling Stones owed taxes…..a lot of them!

The Rolling Stones release “Let It Bleed”

The Rolling Stones released Let It Bleed on November 28th, 1969. Although The Rolling Stones had begun the recording of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in May 1968, before Beggars Banquet had been released, recording for Let It Bleed began in earnest in February 1969 and would continue sporadically until November.
During the recording founding member, Brian Jones left and tragically died soon after. He was replaced by 20-year-old Mick Taylor. Upon release Let It Bleed made it to number 3 on the Billboard charts and in the UK it hit the number 1 spot on the album chart. Let It Bleed went on to go Double Platinum in the USA.

The Beatles Release “Abbey Road”

The Beatles released “Abbey Road” on October 1st, 1969 in the USA and September 26th, 1969 in the UK. “Let It Be” was the final album released by The Beatles although it was actually recorded before “Abbey Road”, making the “Abbey Road” sessions the final sessions The Beatles worked on together as a band.
The fact that The Beatles managed to reconvene after the disastrous “Abbey Road” sessions was deemed to be miraculous. What may have been the saving grace was the decision to get George Martin back in to produce the “Abbey Road” sessions. He managed to broker an uneasy peace between the warring Paul McCartney and John Lennon and helped negotiate a path through the debris to pick out the gems, and unbelievably delivered the most coherent record The Beatles ever produced.

Brian Jones Funeral held in his home town of Cheltenham

Lewis Brian Jones was buried in his hometown of Cheltenham on July 10th, 1969. The funeral service was held at St Mary’s Parish Church and he was buried in Cheltenham Cemetery.

Before the funeral, fans had already sent enough flowers to fill the cemetery, including a guitar-shaped arrangement from Brian’s family and a huge arrangement spelling out “Gates of Heaven” from The Rolling Stones.

On the day of the funeral the town was besieged with tearful fans, curious onlookers and swarms of press photographers. The 14-car funeral procession crawled to the cemetery at a pace even more stately than usual as its progress was blocked by the surging crowds.


Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones dies in his Swimming Pool

As 1968 drew to a close, Brian Jones did what all rock-stars now do and bought himself a country retreat. Cotchford Farm is a country manor house in the East Sussex countryside, formerly owned by A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie The Pooh books, and included a large outdoor swimming pool.

Around midnight on July 2nd, Brian Jones was found at the bottom of his swimming pool in mysterious circumstances. All attempts to revive him failed. He was 27.

The coroners report found that while Brian Jones had been drinking there was no evidence of hard drugs in his system. However the police investigation and coroners report have left many unanswered questions, but the verdict to this day remains that Brian Jones died through misadventure.

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