On October 25th, 1964, legendary rock group ‘The Rolling Stones’ made their first appearance on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show.’ The group had just come from Paris after dominating the U.K. scene. Ed introduced the band to American audiences, and the rest is history.
Ed can’t seem to get the girls to stop screaming to make the introduction. He’s like a school teacher trying to control a rowdy class. Even after he debuts the group, the high-pitched squealing continues through the song.
The Rolling Stones play a bluesy jam titled, ‘Around and Around.’ Mick Jagger claps his hands while singing and sporting his typical hairstyle. Keith Richards plays a nice guitar solo in the middle, leading to more Mick dancing.
He moves like the floor is on fire, and he’s trying to protect his feet! Ed can’t quiet the crowd after the performance. He even lifts his index finger up to his lips in an attempt to ‘Shush’ them!
The band returns later in the show to deliver their hit ‘Time is on My Side.’ The ballad feel of the song is laidback, but the girls still scream as loudly as possible throughout. The band is wearing suits, but Mick wears a light-colored crewneck sweater.
The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 and have remained active for six decades. They defined hard rock in the U.K. and America. They were at the forefront of the ‘British Invasion’ when they appeared on ‘Sullivan’ in 1964.
Their hits include ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ ‘Get Off of My Cloud,’ ‘Paint It Black,’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ along with countless others. Their blues and rock roots outlined their rebellious sound that appealed to the counterculture of the 1960s. These rock legends amazed the crowd in their debut performance on ‘Ed Sullivan.’