Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1965
It's the height of the British Invasion. In 1965 five lads known as the Rolling Stones arrive in Canada and are touted as the bad boys of rock 'n' roll. That image is partly an attempt to distinguish themselves from the boy-next-door sheen of that other British band — The Beatles. That bad boy image has CBC's Larry Zolf asking, would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?
But the warning fails to stop the "screamies," legions of adoring females, from fainting at Toronto's first Rolling Stones concert at Maple Leaf Gardens on April 25, 1965. The players — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones — don't seem bothered by their sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll reputation. In fact they seem to embrace what Zolf refers to as "vulgar, obstinate and hostile" behaviour.
Despite the sensation surrounding their run-ins with the law, their association with beautiful women and their wild ways, it's the music that accounts for their success, says drummer Charlie Watts. Mick Jagger even finds time to keep on top of Canadian politics. When asked who Diefenbaker is, the Stones frontman correctly identifies him as the former prime minister of Canada.
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