Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor, billed as The Rollin’ Stones, played their first gig on this day in 1962, at the Marquee Club on London’s Oxford Street. Over the five decades since they have performed more than 2000 concerts around the world.
The genesis of the Rolling Stones dates back to infant school, where the young Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were friends. Hooking up again as teenagers, they formed a band. Though death, marriage and egos have changed the line-up over the years, the gist and the sound remain the same. From "Paint it Black" to "Mother's Little Helper", and from "Satisfaction" to "Sympathy for the Devil", the Stones have produced some of the most memorable tracks of classic rock - including "Jumpin' Jack Flash", for which today's cocktail is named.
Louis B. Mayer, the man who founded MGM, created the Hollywood star system and was, for many years, America's best-paid man, was born this day in 1884.
And, in what we're sure was an unusual personality trait for someone who rose from dirt poverty to spend two decades as the most powerful man in Hollywood, Mayer could be a bit of a monster - throwing rages where he'd actually roll on the floor and foam at the mouth, or literally fainting in horror. At his hammiest Mayer made the legendarily shouty Harvey Weinstein look like a model of restraint.
We are toasting him and his legacy - of big, flashy pictures, and stars who were stars rather than actors - with a Greta Garbo, named for an actress he unwillingly hired, despite his insistence she was too fat.