Bobby Keys: That Was Him on Sax in ‘Brown Sugar’

Bobby Keys’ driving, raw tour de force saxophone solo in the middle of the Rolling Stones’ 1971 hit “Brown Sugar” will still raise the little hairs on your neck decades later. But Keys, who died Dec. 2 at age 70 in Franklin, Tenn., was no one-hit wonder. He played frequently with the Stones for most of the group’s half-century of existence and is heard on numerous other songs in their repertoire, from 1969′s “Live with Me” to 1980′s “Emotional Rescue.” You’ve …

This Week in Boomer History: Rolling Stones … Bay of Pigs … ‘The Simpsons’

Notable events from our shared experience The Rolling Stones, the band’s self-titled debut album, is released by Decca Records in the U.K. on April 16, 1964, and climbs to No. 1. Slightly altered, the album is released in the U.S. on May 30 but never cracks the Top 10. On April 17, 1964, Jerrie Mock arrives in Columbus, Ohio, in a Cessna 180 to complete the first solo round-the-world flight by a woman. Walter Cronkite succeeds Douglas Edwards as anchor of the …

Keith Richards to Publish Children’s Book About His First Guitar

Who put the first paintbrush in the hands of Leonardo da Vinci? The stylus in the hands of Auguste Rodin? The guitar in the hands of Keith Richards? We may never know the first two. But with the news that Richards will publish a children’s book about his first guitar on September 9, we can pinpoint the third: It was Theodore Augustus Dupree, Richards’s maternal grandfather. The culture-shaping moment when that handoff occurred will now be captured by Richards in …

The Rolling Stones: 5 of Their Most Outrageous Tour Moments

The ancient Greeks had the Dionysian mysteries, when they would abandon propriety, dance wildly in a trance-like state and revel in various sorts of intoxicated excess. For boomers, that sounds eerily similar to Rolling Stones concerts of our youth. A 1972 Associated Press account of a Stones show at Philadelphia’s Spectrum arena – “a festival of heat, hysteria, perfume, sweat, marijuana smoke and deafening music inside” – merely grazes the surface of the hedonistic mass ritual. Related: The Stones’ 50 …

Catch Your Dreams Before They Slip Away: The Stones Turn 50

Happy 50th to one of the greatest bands that ever was. We have an AARP card sitting around here somewhere for you… Here’s a link to the playlist of the songs we’re playing today to celebrate. What should we add? Tell us in the comments. Under My Thumb… Time Is On My Side… Tumblin’ Dice… Angie… Ruby Tuesday… And the ultimate classic, I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)