January - March 1962: Place: Bexleyheath, Kent, England.
Played Live: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1986, 1997, 1998
Mike Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Beckwith, Allen Etherington, Dick Taylor.
In late 1961 (from November) or early 1962, Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys recorded a number of tracks in two different sittings. A reel-to-reel Agfa tape of these tracks was sold at Christie’s in 1995 by a school friend of the band, who regularly attended their informal sessions to provide feedback on their performance.
His parents owned a reel-to-reel recorder so he taped some of their rehearsals. These tapes were edited to produce the auctioned version. The full track listing as specified at the auction was Around And Around, Little Queenie, Beautiful Delilah, La Bamba, On Your Way To School, ‘I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone’, Don’t Want No Woman, I Ain’t Got You, Johnny B. Goode, Little Queenie (take 2) (* a - 4.11) and Beautiful Delilah (take 2).
They mainly consisted of Chuck Berry covers, but also Elvis Presley’s version of You’re Right, I’m Left, She’s Gone and Bobby “Blue” Bland’s 1957 song Don’t Want No Woman. Jagger himself coughed up £52,000 for these 10 songs and 12 tracks which ensured his rightful ownership. The tracks were recorded at either Bob Beckwith or Alan Etherington’s house in Bexleyheath, near Dartford, where, as well as Jagger’s home they used to rehearse. Around And Around is not complete
and was probably included in a medley. Little Queenie is obviously a favourite since there are two versions both lasting more than four minutes. A young Jagger can already be heard singing in different styles.