Friday, July 22, 2011

Too black...turned down by the BBC

Brian Jones had written to the BBC in January 1963 to request an audition for BBC radio for the Jazz Club show, claiming that 'in view of the vast increase of interest in rhythm and blues in Britain an exceptionally good future has been predicted for us by many people'. The audition happened on April 23, 1963, a Tuesday, which was not a good day since Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ian Stewart were working.

But Stu got the day off and the rhythm section was quickly gained from Cyril Davies' band, namely Carlo Little and Ricky Brown. The Stones recorded two tracks, Hank Snow's I'm Moving On, and the Leiber-Stoller composition I'm A Hog For You Baby. Bot tracks were considered too black and not commercial enough in content for the BCC production panel. The performance was not considered suitable for BBC purposes.

Adapted from the following source: Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones. Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.

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