Charlie joined Blues Incorporated as their drummer.

17th March

Brian hitchhiked from Cheltenham to see Blues Incorporated play their first show at the Ealing Club, London. Brian asked for the chance to play.

24th March

Brian sat in with Blues Incorporated at Ealing, playing slide guitar and again the following week.

7th April

Mick, Keith, Dick Taylor and Alan Etherington visited the Ealing Club and saw Brian playing slide guitar. After the show, Mick spoke to Brian.


Brian put an ad in Jazz News for people interested in forming an R&B band. Ian Stewart (Stu) was the first to answer. Brian began rehearsing with various musicians.


Mick started rehearsing with Brian, Stu and others and later introduced Keith & Dick Taylor.


Brian named his new group The Rollin' Stones inspired by the Muddy Waters song Rollin' Stone Blues.

12th July

Show: Marquee Jazz Club, London – the Stones' first-ever show - though without Bill or Charlie.


Brian moved into a flat at 102 Edith Grove, Chelsea, London. A few weeks later Mick and Keith moved in with him.

18th August

Brian put an ad in Melody Maker for a drummer. Bill's drummer Tony Chapman answered the ad and joined Brian’s band.

27th August

Bill bought a Vox AC30 Amp for The Cliftons.


The Cliftons still playing many gigs around South London. Brian’s Rollin’ Stones doing occasional gigs, without Bill or Charlie at this stage.


Dick Taylor left the Stones and later formed The Pretty Things.

27th October

Demo Session: Stones at Curly Clayton Studio, London.

5th December

Bill met Stu at the Red Lion Pub, Sutton, Surrey.

7th December

Bill rehearsed with Tony Chapman and the Stones at the Wetherby Arms, Chelsea, London still without Charlie at this point. Stones now doing regular gigs around London and the surrounding suburbs.

10th January

Charlie Watts agreed to join the Stones. Tony Chapman fired.

14th January

First show with complete Stones line-up at the All-Nighter Club, Flamingo Jazz Club, Soho, London.

31st January

Show: Marquee Jazz Club, London (last time – fired by Cyril Davis).


Jazz promoters started booking Stones gigs in London.


Brian Jones met Giorgio Gomelski, who found gigs for Stones.

24th February

Show: Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey (first time).

11th March

Stones first recording session at IBC Studios, London with engineer/producer Glyn Johns. Stones record five songs. Turned down by all record companies.

13th April

Stones first press write-up in the Richmond & Twickenham Times.

14th April

Show: Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Beatles visited and hung out with the Stones all night.

24th April

Show: Eel Pie Island, Twickenham, Surrey (first time).

28th April

Show: Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. Andrew Oldham and Eric Easton visited.

1st May

Brian Jones (on behalf of the Stones) signed a management agreement with Andrew Oldham and Eric Easton.


Charlie Watts stopped work and became fully professional with the Stones. Ian Stewart was demoted from the band by Andrew Oldham and became the Stones road manager.

4th May

Andrew Oldham bought the Stones their first stage outfits.

Photo Sessions: Stones with Nicholas Wright and Philip Townsend around Chelsea and beside the River Thames.

Show: News Of The World Charity Gala, Battersea Pleasure Gardens, Battersea, London.