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The Rolling Stones pop group take a walk through London's Green Park. Tomorrow they fly to the USA to appear on US television's the Ed Sullivan Show.

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The Rolling Stones: “Honky Tonk Women”

The Hook: New member helps country-western send-up “metamorphose” into bluesy stomper

Year Released: 1969

Album: Through the Past Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

Writers: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

Stats: Topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for four weeks

The Background: On vacation in Brazil, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards discovered the existence of cowboys there, and start fooling around with country-western-inspired ideas. When they got it back to the studio some months later, new guitarist Mick Taylor, doing his very first recording with The Stones, helped turn it into what Keith calls “a swampy black blues thing.”

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards on “Honky Tonk Women.” OC:…blues thing. :18

“It started with like a real country, like a real honky put on sort of hokey thing. And then a couple of months later we were writing songs and recording and somehow by some metamorphosis, it suddenly went into this sort of swampy, black, blues thing.”

The Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women - Live On Copacabana Beach

The Rolling Stones played in front of 1.5million people, the biggest concert of all time, at Copacabana Beach, Rio De Janeiro, on the 18th February 2006. To celebrate the beginning of our 50th anniversary year, on 12th July 2012 we are letting our fans watch this historic concert in its entirety.