Lead singer Jim Morrison pulled a bait-and-switch and the band was banned from returning to the show. For one thing, TV Parental Guidelines wouldn't exist until the mid '90s, so even Elvis (aka "the King of Rock and Roll") was shot gyrating from the waist up. The band performed 6 times in the famous TV show The Rolling Stones debut at The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 followed by a riot. The Rolling Stones had to change the lyrics to 'Let's Spend the Night Together' for the 'Ed Sullivan Show' on Jan. 15, 1967. Required fields are marked *. Your email address will not be published. Those of a certain age couldn’t comprehend why The Stones had been invited to appear, Younger people couldn’t care less, and some others probably felt like The Stones – why did they appear? Still fresh from their recent success, The Rolling Stones played the famous The Ed Sullivan Show while in the U.S for the first time. So rock 'n roll. Their manager Andrew Oldham sat alongside me checking the sound level. One reason for their appearance was that opportunities to appear on TV were less as Ready Steady Go!, the best of the 1960s pop programmes had been taken off the air; it was also true that Sunday Night At The London Palladium had a huge audience, close to 10 million. Case in point: The Doors were asked to perform in the late '60s but told to update the lyric from their hit "Light My Fire" from "girl we couldn't get much higher" to "girl we couldn't' get much better." Here's footage from the Stones' infamous performance below. But first, check out Mick Jagger's deliberate (and obvious) eye-roll at 1:18. Anyone who thought we were changing our image to suit a family audience was mistaken.”. It’s not as if we can’t play live,” is what he told Disc a week or so later. On 13 January 1967, Decca released ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, backed by ‘Ruby Tuesday’ and the following day it was released by London Records in America. It was not the miming that was controversial, it was The Stones refusal to appear on the closing sequence of the TV show. According to the show’s producer, “They arrived with all their music on a tape. A few days later, on Sunday 22 January they were at one of London’s most famous theatres to rehearse for an appearance on TV’s, Sunday Night at the London Palladium. On the TV show, The Stones mimed, while Mick sang live to ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, and ‘Connection’, the latter being a track from Between The Buttons. It was a busy, and controversial, start to 1967 for The Rolling Stones. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Andrew Loog Oldham had a row with Mick about it, and in the following days angry viewers took to writing letters to the press. I suppose it was a challenge. Amidst all the Sullivan controversy, ‘Lets Spend The Night Together’/’Ruby Tuesday’ made No.3 on the UK charts. ‘My Life’: Mary J. 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As Mick told the NME, “The only reason we did the show was because it was a good national plug. In the weeks that followed The Stones had the word “night” bleeped out of their record and some stations went as far as banning it all together, which meant ‘Ruby Tuesday’ got a lot more airplay, with the result being, ‘Ruby Tuesday’ topped the charts, while ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ could only make a lowly No.55. Pete and Dud had become friendly with The Stones and to show their solidarity with the band they went on the roundabout with life size cardboard cut outs of all five Stones, created by Gerald Scarfe. It’s always done more harm than good to anybody I’ve ever seen on it.”. The Stones had yet to score their first Top 10 hit in America when they made their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. Your email address will not be published. Don't you worry 'bout what's on your mind, oh my I'm in no hurry, I can take my time, oh my I'm going red and my tounge's getting tied (Toun Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sept. 11, 1966. Having flown home from New York, The Stones were greeted by the release of their new album, Between The Buttons. On January 15, 1967, the Rolling Stones made their fourth of six appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.Even though Sullivan threatened that each time would be their last—whether it was because of the raucous audience or the band’s “untidy appearance” before insisting they wash their hair—this performance sent both Mick Jagger and poor Ed into a tizzy. Great reminder of what (all) it took to show anti establishment credentials. The day after that, on 15 January, the Stones appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and were forced to change the lyrics to the a-side of their single so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of American TV viewers. After releasing their new single ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’, The Rolling Stones had to perform a censored version on the Ed Sullivan show. 1 Single, ‘Paris’: How Supertramp Thrilled The City Of Light, ‘Squeeze Box’: The Who Hit Championed By Ronnie Lane, Lewis Capaldi, Texas Among Winners At Scottish Music Awards, Watch The Video For The Weeknd And Sabrina Claudio’s Festive Song, ‘Christmas Blues’, James Taylor Shares Video For ‘You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught’, Eminem Releases Limited-Edition ‘Marshall Mathers’-Themed Carhartt Collaboration, Lewis Capaldi Announces ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent: The Finale’ Deluxe LP. According to Charlie at the time, “Personally I didn’t want to do it, and I’m not sure why we did. Didn’t they also perform It’s All Over Now with a remarkably different arrangement to that of the hit version? I was so disappointed in my dealings with them. When they returned for their fifth appearance on January 15, 1967, they played this song, but with the lyric altered to "let's spend some time together. Following the steps of The Beatles, they cemented the British Invasion. One lady from Oxford suggested that, “They should take a lesson from the real stars like Gracie Fields, Margot Fonteyn, Frankie Vaughan, etc., none of whom would dream of being so rude to either their fellow artists or the public.” While another disgruntled Home Counties viewer said, “It is too late to prevent this record going on the market, but for goodness sake let us ban any sequels before the entire business has a harmful effect on our nation as a whole.”. 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On this day (Jan. 15) in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on The Ed Sullivan Show under one condition -- they change the lyric of their 1967 hit "Let's Spend The Night Together" to the more family-friendly "let's spend some time together." They refused to stand on the revolving stage, when all the performers and the show’s host, Dave Allen, were expected to smile and wave to the audience. On this day (Jan. 15) in 1967, The Rolling Stones performed on The Ed Sullivan Show under one condition -- they change the lyric of their 1967 hit "Let's Spend The Night Together… The Rolling Stones - Let`s Spend the Night Together (Live at The Ed Sullivan Show / Rehearsal) Lyrics. Having frequently been asked to appear, and never doing so, they had relented yet no one from The Stones can quite remember why they did so. In Britain things were a little different, but as it proved, no less controversial. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Be', 24kGoldn & Iann Dior's 'Mood' Tops Hot 100 for Fifth Week, Lorde Opens Up About Social Media Break & More Top Music News | Billboard News. Released in the UK as a single in January 1967., 'Let's Spend the Night Together' reached #3 on the UK Singles Chart.
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