18th August 1964

The Rolling Stones played St Peter Port

1964 was a big year for The Rolling Stones. They appeared on the first ever episode of the BBC’s Top of the Pops, recorded a jingle for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies breakfast cereal, and appeared for three nights at the New Theatre Ballroom, Guernsey.

The band’s third British tour, which ran from 1 to 22 August, included stops in London, Manchester and Jersey (for two nights). Their Guernsey dates were 18th to 20th, during which they performed a set that included Not Fade Away and Can I Get a Witness.

The tour came hot on the tail of an American outing, which had seen them stage 12 shows in eight cities, including New York, Detroit and Pittsburgh. In total, the band completed four British tours and two American tours in 1964, performing on 106 days. On almost all of their British dates, they appeared twice in two separate concerts to satisfy the number of people wanting to buy tickets.

The Rolling Stones in 1964

The Rolling Stones had only formed two years earlier and, like The Beatles, which had played at Candie Gardens the previous year, they had found phenomenal success very early in their career.

At the time of its Guernsey dates, the band consisted of Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, with Ian Stewart joining the other members on tour to play piano. Ronnie Wood didn’t join the band until the mid–1970s.

The band’s debut album, the self-titled The Rolling Stones, had been released in April, both in the UK and, under the title “England’s Newest Hit Makers”, in the United States. At the time, they were in the middle of a series of recording sessions for their second album, 12 X 5, which was set for release in October of the same year.


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Other events that occured in August

The Saumarez Memorial foundation stone was laid 1st
Guernsey won double-silver at the Commonwealth Games 2nd
Earl Grey was appointed Governor of Guernsey 3rd
A boy scout fell 250ft over a Torteval Cliff 4th
Jethou tenant was rescued from an up-turned boat 5th
A tomato ship and a tanker collided 6th
Human remains were found on Lihou 7th
The Beatles played at Candie Gardens 8th
The RAF bombed Guernsey Airport 9th
Guernesiais linguist Marie de Garis died 10th
Alderney experienced a total eclipse of the sun 11th
A minister was found dead at Icart Point 12th
Guernsey steam tramway is granted its concession 13th
Police found a bomb in Bluebell Wood 14th
Hanois Lighthouse’s foundation stone was laid 15th
Charlie Chaplin played in St Peter Port 16th
St Peter Port inundated with fish 17th
A royal visit… of sorts
The Rolling Stones played St Peter Port 18th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was published 19th
Archaeologist Crystal Bennet was born 20th
Mapmaking geologist John MacCulloch died 21st
St Sampson pensioner was buried in a landslide 22nd
Trident VI ran aground on its return from Herm 23rd
Queen Victoria visited Guernsey 24th
The post-Occupation military government was disbanded 25th
Wesleyans celebrated 100 years on Guernsey 26th
Oliver Reed was jailed in Guernsey 27th
Guernsey’s Reform Law was enacted 28th
Winston Churchill visited Guernsey with his wife 29th
Philip de Saumarez was discharged as a Jurat 30th
Jersey swimmers set a round-Guernsey record 31st