Personalities | The Rolling Stones (1967) | Key Events
Between The Buttons
Much overlooked today, Between The Buttons saw the Stones start the new year with an album that had the ambition to match other period classics like The Beatles’ Revolver, or Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde. Building upon the eclecticism of Brian’s additions to Aftermath, it is perhaps one of their most varied albums, though the group came to denounce it. Its variety of songs, however, make it appreciated by fans and critics alike, and it’s also notable for being the final original Stones album to be released with differing UK and US tracklistings.
Fifth Ed Sullivan Show Appearance
The Stones’ first Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1964 caused so much outrage that the host vowed they would never return. As with Elvis, however, Sullivan had to u-turn and invite them back more than once. Their fifth Ed Sullivan Show appearance would lead to arguments, when Andrew Oldham allowed ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’’s lyrics to be censored as ‘Let’s spend some time together’. In addition, the doormen failed to recognize them at the stage door (again; the same had happened on a previous visit) causing the group to be mobbed by fans. Mick ended up with his hand cut by a scissor-waving fan looking for his hair, and Keith punched the doorman.
Sunday Night At The London Palladium
Things were easier at home when, a week after their Ed Sullivan Show appearance, the Stones appeared on Sunday Night At The London Palladium. Keith and Brian allegedly played to the backing track of ‘It’s All Over Now’ while tripping on acid, and the group refused to take part in the show’s traditional goodbye wave upon a rotating stage. The show’s producer claimed that it would insult both the host and the public, but they stood firm. Oldham tried to get them to comply, but he was only doing himself damage, as the Stones were getting increasingly fed up with what they perceived as him trying to get them to sell out and pander to the Establishment.
‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’/‘Ruby Tuesday’
As was their custom, the single cuts were left off of the UK LP release, and their first double A-side, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’/‘Ruby Tuesday’ almost took them back to the top of the UK singles charts (they reached No. 2), but managed to top them in the US. While the former was a Mick-penned paean to oral sex that David Bowie would cover in 1973, ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was a ballad showcasing Keith’s softer side, as he said goodbye to girlfriend Linda Keith, who had fallen into what he thought was a negative drug scene in New York.
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