On July 3rd in 1969, Brian Jones passed away at the age of 27. Jones, a multi-instrumentalist, founded The Rolling Stones in 1962 and also came up with the band’s name. He led the Stones until Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became the band’s legendary songwriting team. As Brian developed serious issues with drugs, his role started to further diminish. Eventually, he was asked to leave the band in 1969 and was replaced by Mick Taylor.
The Stones’ Facebook page paid tribute to Brian and posted a nice clip from a live performance of Ruby Tuesday, which has always been one of my favorite Stones songs, on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967. The clip proves Stones fans were just as engaged as Beatles fans. It’s available here.