They were on their way to being rock superstars.

And that explains why there was such a frenzy on a quiet street in Huddersfield back in March, 1965.

The Rolling Stones had just notched up two No 1 singles - It’s All Over Now and Little Red Rooster - and delighted their legion of fans

The Stones played two shows at the ABC Cinema on Market Street in the afternoon and evening of March 10, to an audience of 2,000 screaming fans at each show.

Although they toured extensively up and down the UK between 1963 and 1965 those two shows were to be their only performances in Huddersfield.

Now a Stones fan is working on a new book about the group and wants memories from Huddersfield people who saw the band.

Richard Houghton, of Preston, said the book would be a people’s history of the group, who are still going strong.

He said: “It’s 50 years next March since the Rolling Stones played two shows at the ABC in Huddersfield as part of their rise to become perhaps Britain’s most well known group after the Beatles and certainly its most long lasting.

“I’m compiling a people’s history of the Stones and if any of your readers were at the shows back in 1964 and would like to share their memories - who they went with, what they remember of the gig, whether they enjoyed it - I’d love to hear from them.

“Also on the bill that night were the Hollies, Dave Berry and the Cruisers, the Konrads, the Checkmates, Johnny Ball and Goldie & The Gingerbreads.

Rolling Stones fan and writer Richard Houghton
 

“By the time of these shows the Stones were established as the biggest band in Britain after the Beatles, with two number one singles - It’s All Over Now and Little Red Rooster - under their belt. They had also topped the US charts by this point with Time Is On My Side. The Last Time, the first Jagger-Richards self penned composition, had been released only three days before the Huddersfield gigs and was on the way to being their third consecutive number one.

“No complete record of exactly which songs they played at these gigs exists, unless your readers know better, but the Stones put out an EP a few weeks later entitled Got Live If You Want It culled from recordings made at three gigs earlier on this same tour, so what’s on that EP is a pretty accurate guide.

“It seems likely that they will have played nine or ten songs including their two UK number ones and less well known songs such as I’m Moving On and Pain In My Heart. Their concerts were often drowned out by a chorus of screaming girls, as the EP illustrates, and the Stones opted to play a number of relatively unknown blues and R&B numbers on the basis that no one could hear what they were playing anyway!”

Richard is a huge Rolling Stones fan, having seen them live over 20 times, most recently in Stockholm on their 2014 On Fire tour. He owns more than 60 of their CDs and albums and also collect books about them, with more than 200 books in my collection to date.

He said he decided to write the book because although there are loads of books and articles about the Stones there has been very little written about their earliest fans. Many of those fans, like the Stones themselves, have some great stories to tell.

“The country was going through a huge period of change after the post war austerity years and the Stones and their fans were part of that change. I’m hoping that your readers can paint a picture of what it was like to be a concert goer in 1960s Britain through their recollections”, he said.

Holmfirth photographer Trevor Bray was the man chosen to capture the gigs on camera. He was a regular at pop and rock concerts at the ABC, which was demolished in the 1980s to make way for the Sainsburys’ store.

Trevor Bray, who photographed The Rolling Stones in Huddersfield

Richard can be contacted via email at richardmhoughton@gmail.com or by letter at 32 Manor Avenue, Preston, PR2 8DN.