By Jim Johnson

The Rolling Stones‘ first U.S. album went on sale 50 years ago today (May 29th, 1964).

Album Cover Art

Album Cover Art

England’s Newest Hitmakers was released as London Records (serial number) 375. Their cover of Buddy Holly‘s “Not Fade Away,” the band’s debut single, led off side one followed by “Route 66,” (the Willie Dixon composition) “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and the Jagger-Richards originals “Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “Little by Little.” On side two, it was Slim Harpo‘s “King Bee,” Chuck Berry‘s “Carol,” “Tell Me,” (Holland-Dozier-Holland‘s) “Can I Get a Witness,” “You Can Make It If You Try” and Rufus Thomas‘s “Walking the Dog.”

The American release of the album differed from that released in England.  The track “Not Fade Away”  (the A-Side of the band’s third UK single) replaced “Mona (I Need You Baby)”.  Upon its release, England’s Newest Hitmakers reached No. 11 in the US, going gold in the process. To date, this is the only one of the Stones’ American studio albums that failed to place in the top five on the Billboard album charts.

Here’s a live version of “Not Fade Away” from the Stone’s 1995 “Voodoo Lounge Tour”.


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