The Rolling Stones Tongue

The Band

The Rolling Stones are an English band who initially based their music on rhythm and blues and rock and roll. They first got together in London and after their first success in the UK, they shortly became just as popular in the US as the “British Invasion” started in the early 1960s.

The band first formed in 1962 when Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by the legend that is otherwise known as Mick Jagger as lead vocals and guitarist Keith Richards.  Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts later completed their early lineup. Ian Stewart was then let go from the lineup early 1963 but continued to work with the band as road manager and keyboardist until his death in 1985.

The band’s early songs were primarily covers of R&B & Blues songs. The 1965 single “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” was their first big single, establishing The Rolling Stones as a top rock and roll band. Beginning with their first album Aftermath (1966,) the songs of Jagger and Richards, helped by the instrumental experimentation of Jones, continued an always present stylistic flexibility. Jones tragically died in 1969 shortly after being fired from the band and was replaced with Mick Taylor. Taylor then recorded five studio albums with The Rolling Stones before finally quitting in 1974. Former guitarist of the band, Faces stepped in and stayed with the band ever since. Wyman left the Rolling Stones in 1993; bassist Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member, has worked with the group since 1994.

The Rolling Stones have officially released 22 studio albums in the UK and 24 in the US, eight concert albums in the UK and nine in the US and numerous compilations; The Rolling Stones have had 32 UK & US top-10 singles, 43 UK & US top-10 albums from 1964 and 2008 and have sold an astonishing 200 million albums worldwide. 1971’s Sticky Fingers began a string of eight consecutive studio albums at number one in the United States. In 1989 The Rolling Stones were inducted into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they were ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. The Rolling Stones are also ranked as the number 2 artists of all time on The Rolling Stones latest studio album ‘A Bigger Bang’ was released in 2005 and followed by the highest-grossing tour in history, which lasted until late summer 2007. In the 1969 American tour, tour manager Sam Cutler introduced them as “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World”.

The Rolling Stones are renown in modern popular music for using various musical genresin their recordings and performances, ultimately making their own unique style. The band’s career is known for a continual reference and reliance on musical styles like American blues, country, folk, reggae, dance; world music exemplified by the Master Musicians of Jajouka; as well as traditional English styles that use stringed instrumentation like harps. The band cut their musical teeth by covering early rock and roll and blues songs, and have never stopped playing live or recording cover songs.

The Tongue

The Rolling Stones original logo of the lips and tongue – one of the most well known logos of rock and roll, is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection thanks to the excellent help of The Art Fund, the UK’s leading independent art charity.

The logo was purchased by the Victoria and Albert at an auction in the United States for $92,500. The Art Fund contributed 50% towards the total cost of the well known rolling stones lick logo.

The Rolling Stones Tongue was first designed by pop artist, John Pasche in 1970. The pop art design excellently showed off Mick Jagger’s well known lips and the band’s rebelliousness and has been in use by the Rolling Stones ever since.

Pasche was asked to produce the logo after Rolling Stones lead singer, Mick Jagger asked the Royal College of Art in London in 1969 to help him find a design student. The Rolling Stones had been frustrated by the bland and boring designs offered by their record label Decca Records. Subsequently, Jagger visited Pasche’s degree show and this led to discussions for a logo and other work for the Stones’s own label, Rolling Stones Records, after the group’s contract ended with Decca Records in 1970.

David Barrie, Director of The Art Fund, said: ‘This iconic logo, first used on the Stones’s Sticky Fingers album, is one of the most visually dynamic and innovative logos ever created. Designed in the UK by a British artist for one of the country’s most successful groups of all time, it’s wonderful that it has now found a permanent home in London, where the band was originally formed.’


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