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Lot #5106
Rolling Stones 1963 Recording Session Acetate

The Rolling Stones cut their first professional record

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The Rolling Stones cut their first professional record

Exceptionally rare 10-inch acetate from the Rolling Stones’ first professional recording session, which took place on March 11, 1963, at Portland Place’s IBC Studios (International Broadcasting Company) in London, England. The acetate features a Universal Programmes Corporation Ltd. label, marked "Rolling Stones" and "33 1/3 rpm," with both sides annotated in an unknown hand and featuring a typed track listing that features the songs: “Diddley Daddy,” “Road Runner,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “I Wanna Be Loved,” and “Honey, What's Wrong.” In very good to fine condition, with wear and paper loss to the labels; the acetate plays in good condition, without any skips or jumps but with some slight surface noise.

Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the sister of the original recipient: “The above mentioned Rolling Stones acetate was obtained by my brother…in the early 1960s, when he lived in a flat at Edith Grove, London, where the Rolling Stones also had a flat in the same house. My brother became friendly with them and was given the acetate which he then sold to me in the 1970s, and has been in my possession ever since.” Also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks.

When Glyn Johns opted to focus more on his producing and recording career, he offered flat mate Ian Stewart, then pianist for the upstart rhythm & blues group the Rollin’ Stones, the opportunity to record his band’s music at IBC Studios. With a lineup consisting of Stewart, Mick Jagger, Keith Richard, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman, the Stones recorded five songs with Johns, who served as both the producer and engineer. A magnificent early piece of British rock history.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Music
  • Dates: #540 - Ended November 15, 2018