Next year, in 2014, will mark the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones making their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
The date was Oct. 25, 1964 and having New York gossip columnist Ed Sullivan invite performers to appear on his popular CBS variety show was a major career boost.
Sullivan had a hot and cold fondness for the band which he banned on and off from subsequent bookings on his program. Once, he even joked with the group in front of the audience, commenting: "You're yelling much better this year," following their third appearance on the show.
In 1967, the band was initially refused permission from Sullivan to perform the number "Let's Spend the Night Together." Sullivan reportedly told Mick Jagger, "Either the song goes or you go."
As a compromise, the words "let's spend some time together" were substituted for "let's spend the night together," with an upset Jagger rolling his eyes at the TV camera while singing the new wording.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is presenting Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction, an exclusive exhibition from what they bill as the "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band." It will open on Memorial Day weekend, Friday, May 24.
As the Museum's first major exhibition capturing the band's legendary career spanning more than 50 years, I'm told Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction reveals personal items and extraordinary collections that have never been seen before by the public. The extensive collection will take up two-and-a-half floors of the Museum and offers fans the opportunity to contribute.
For the first time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will launch a fan-generated interactive exhibition on Monday, May 13, actively encouraging people from all over the world to share their photos of memorabilia, artwork, Rolling Stones concerts and more that will populate a multimedia display in the Museum's Rolling Stones exhibit as well as online. Fans are encouraged to upload their original images to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #rockhallsatisfaction to contribute to the submission feed. Images uploaded will be available to be viewed in the exhibit as well as online through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's Facebook page throughout the duration of the exhibit.
Rolling Stones: 50 Years of Satisfaction exhibition highlights include:
• Jagger's Steel Wheels green leather jacket, c. 1989
• Jagger's grammar school class photograph from the Dartfordian
• Keith Richards' Rosewood Fender Telecaster
• Charlie Watts' mariachi shirt, c. 1975
• Ronnie Wood's Zemaitis guitar, c. 1978
• Brian Jones' custom Vox Teardrop guitar
The companion exhibit at the Museum's library and archives will focus specifically on the Rolling Stones' tour production from 1975 to 1981.
Highlights include a set list, photographs, stage drawings, fabric samples, lighting cues and more. Handwritten notes by Art Collins, the Rolling Stones Records executive on tour with the band between 1977-1982, are also featured, which were used to help determine which performances would be best suited for the live concert film, "Let's Spend the Night Together."
Through the use of artifacts, film, text and interactive technology, generations of music fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with rare items from nearly every aspect of the Stones' astonishing five decades at the top.
Throughout the exhibition's run, the Museum will host a range of free public programs that explore the significance and legacy of the Rolling Stones, including interviews, films, and special lectures. For more information visit RockHall.com.
The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Summer Saturdays at the Museum kickoff on May 25 to extend viewing hours from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit will close in March 2014.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is the nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs.
The Museum is open seven days a week and admission is $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $13 for youth (9-12), $18 for adult residents of Greater Cleveland. Children under 8 and Museum members are free. The Museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Call (216) 515-1939 for information on becoming a member.