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The Rolling Stones & Ed Sullivan

| January 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

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.

The Stones were to perform “Ruby Tuesday” and “Let’s Spend the Night Together” from their soon-to-be-released Between the Buttons. But CBS and Sullivan insisted that Mick change the then-controversial lyric to “Let’s spend some time together.” The band balked, Ed issued an ultimatum, Mick went on a verbal rampage, and then finally did as he was told when it came time to perform live … but not without exaggerating the line and rolling his eyes each time he sang it.

According to Dick Clark’s 25 Years of Rock and Roll, shortly after the performance the Stones went backstage, and came back on stage dressed in Nazi uniforms with swastikas, which caused an angry Sullivan to tell them to go back to their dressing rooms and change back into their performing outfits. (I have no idea why they would have happened to have had Nazi uniforms with them—which makes this part of the story seem a little iffy. Although highly entertaining.) The Stones, however, left the studio and Sullivan banned the group from appearing on his show ever again … yet again.

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