Sun, 08 Jul 2012 13:27:40 GMT | By Ben Chalk
50 years of The Rolling Stones

The Stones meet Andrew Loog Oldham (1963)

Andrew Loog Oldham (© Rex)
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The Stones' unique brand of electrified mayhem at the Crawdaddy soon came to the attention of a teenage tycoon called Andrew Loog Oldham.

At just 19, he was younger even than the band themselves, but savvy enough to realise they could be as big as The Beatles (for whom he had once worked as a publicist) if positioned as the anti-Fab Four.

Scruffy appearance, sullen behaviour, and a menacing air were duly encouraged, while Oldham dreamed up genius headlines like "Would You Let Your Daughter Marry A Rolling Stone?", which the papers duly lapped up.

If anyone has a claim to being the Sixth Stone, it's Loog Oldham.


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