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.

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 Leaves The Rolling Stones

Brian Jones’ relationship with the other Rolling Stones had broken down. Along with the Brian’s deteriorating relationship with the other Stones his health was deteriorating with his dependency on various narcotics. Also, Brian Jones, the blues purist, had been unhappy with the direction The Rolling Stones were taking. He had barely played on “Let It Bleed”. The situation could not continue and on June 8th, 1969 Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones parted company.

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus Filmed

The Rolling Stones Rock & Roll Circus was filmed over 18 hours on December 11th and 12th, 1968. Featuring The Rolling Stones, The Who and a Supergroup called Dirty Mac featuring Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and John Lennon amongst others. It was due to be shown by the BBC, but Mick Jagger held it back as he was unhappy with their performance.
Tragically it would also be the last time Brian Jones would perform with The Rolling Stones. He died in his swimming pool little more that 6 months later.

Police raid Keith Richard’s “Redlands” home in Sussex for drugs

Around 5:30pm on February 12th, 1967, around 20 police descended on Keith Richards’ Sussex home, “Redlands”. Both Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were arrested and sentenced to jail for drug offenses. Amid much public outcry The Rolling Stones found an unlikely ally in the shape of the conservative editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg.
The Time’s editorial piece, “Who breaks a butterfly on a wheel?” is considered to be a key factor in Keith Richards acquittal and Mick Jagger’s conditional discharge. It also signified a major shift in public opinion in the UK.

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