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The Rolling Stones look back at 50

The Rolling Stones in its early days: from

The Rolling Stones in its early days: from left, Brian Jones (1942-1969), Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman on Jan. 17, 1964. Credit: Getty Images, 1964

The Rolling Stones played their first gig 50 years ago this week -- July 12, 1962, at London's Marquee Club. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were joined by soon-to-be-replaced bandmates Ian Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and Tony Chapman (drums). To celebrate the band's golden anniversary, here are five TV nuggets:

* Their first U.S. appearance was on the ABC variety show "The Hollywood Palace" on June 13, 1964. Host Dean Martin mocked their hair ("It's just an optical illusion. They just have low foreheads and high eyebrows") and cracked true to character: "I've been rolled while I've been stoned." The boys played "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "Not Fade Away."

* Hard to believe, but the Stones appeared on "The Mike Douglas Show" (June 25, 1964), whose viewers were mainly middle-aged housewives. "Do you know The Beatles?," Douglas asked the guys. "Well, you certainly have them in the hair department." Between songs, Douglas invited three teenage girls from the audience on stage and they practically collapse in the presence of their idols. Songs played: "Oh, Carol," "Tell Me" and "Not Fade Away."

* The Stones' first of six appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" was Oct. 25, 1964. When the band left the stage, an increasingly miffed Sullivan had difficulty quieting the unruly, shrieking audience. After the show, he vowed never to book them again. (Cooler heads -- or perhaps the prospect of losing high Nielsen ratings -- prevailed.) They played "Around and Around" and closed the show with "Time Is on My Side."

* Their most infamous Sullivan appearance took place on Jan. 15, 1967. CBS and Sullivan has asked the band to change the lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." When the boys balked, Sullivan warned them, "Either the song goes, or you go." So Jagger complied as best he could -- during the live performance, he rolled his eyes and sarcastically uttered the revised lyric.

* The Stones never appeared on "American Bandstand."

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