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The Rolling Stones: Richmond 1963

In early 1963 the up and coming Rolling Stones were playing regularly across London, having been part of Alexis Korner’s move to overcome the dominance of traditional jazz in London clubs by finding a space for more R&B-influenced acts.1 The Stones began their live career by playing a series of London jazz clubs (the Marquee Jazz Club, the Ealing, the Piccadilly and the Flamingo) between July and November 1962 as well as playing the occasional pub (such as the Woodstock Hotel in Cheam and the Red Lion in Sutton).2 However, it was a series of gigs that took place in Richmond, Surrey, in early 1963 that is often credited with propelling the band towards national and international stardom.