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17th January 1964: British pop group The Rolling Stones in London. From left to right, Brian Jones (1942 - 1969), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman. (Photo by Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones have been the subject of many documentaries and concert films over the course of their illustrious career, but this film is something every Stones fan should see and not just because its title is a nod to drummer Charlie Watts, who’s celebrating his birthday today (June 2.)

Charlie is my Darling chronicles the band in 1965 during their tour of Ireland which happened at a unique sweet spot in Stones history: The London lads’ latest single “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” had just gone number one, and the Stones were just on the cusp of becoming the biggest band in the world.

The film shows both behind-the-scenes footage and the hysteria that was the Stones live. The best part, besides showing the band before they became full-fledged rock gods? The pure joy the Stones exhibit performing in the film is still present whenever they take the stage today.

 

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