July 12 marked 50 years of rock and Stones
This is Friday the 13th, unlucky for some if you believe in that sort of thing.
But 50 years ago last night, that July 12 would've been a very lucky day if you had found yourself in the dark, smoky confines of a basement club in London, called the Marquee, sitting with 100 or so people, watching as a band of young, badly-dressed Brits awkwardly took the stage for their first public performance.
"Ladies and gentlemen, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones."
50 years ago that was, for a short time, the official name of the group -- a group that consisted of Dick Taylor on bass, Mick Avory on drums and Ian Stewart on keyboard.
They didn't stay very long, but Mick did and so did Keith Richards and Brian Jones. And in a few weeks, they were joined by musician friends Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
And from that time on, they were simply the Rolling Stones.
After 50 years, some have gone, replacements have become part of the history and today begins the second half-century of total rock 'n roll satisfaction.
I'm Pat McMahon.
Pat McMahon, Host