November 22, 1963.
Most of us remember that day. Not because The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on the teen show Ready, Steady Go! Because the excitement was dampened by the shocking news they heard after their performance.
President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas Texas.
The following items are extremely rare. A historically significant set of Stones signatures on a very rare and unique item. A ticket from that Ready, Steady, Go! show.
Signed on that very day.
Ready Steady Go! (or simply RSG!) was a pioneering British rock/pop music television program which used to air every Friday evening from August 1963 until 23 December 1966.
It was conceived by Elkan Allan, head of Rediffusion TV. Allan’s intention was to produce a light entertainment program that broke away from the “bums and tits” style of light entertainment being transmitted by ATV, at that time. The program was produced without scenery or costumes and with a minimum of choreography or make-up. Allan recruited a fellow journalist, Francis Hitching, as producer. Hitching was to become a major figure in the world of light entertainment in the ’60s. Robert Fleming was the first director, followed by the distinguished documentary director Rollo Gamble then Michael Lindsey Hogg, Daphne Shadwell and Peter Croft.
Michael Lindsey Hogg later went on to work with the Stones on several other projects including their video “Respectable.”
The show went out early on Friday evenings with the line “The weekend starts here!”, and was introduced by the Surfaris’ “Wipe Out” – later replaced by Manfred Mann’s “5-4-3-2-1” (later replaced by Manfred Mann’s “Hubble Bubble, Toil and Trouble”). It was more youth-orientated and informal than its BBC rival (from 1964), Top of the Pops. It was particularly notable for featuring the audience prominently as dancers and for the close interaction of artists and audience.
Artists appeared on different mini-stages, sometimes on studio gantries and stairs, or on the main floor in the case of solo artists, closely surrounded by the audience members. The producers would choose the audience themselves by going round the London clubs, picking out the best or the most fashionably dressed dancers, and handing them invitations to the next show. This ensured a very hip audience who were in tune with the artists.
This rare complimentary entrance ticket dated November 22, 1963 measures just over 6” x 4” and has been fully autographed on the reverse by all 5 members of The Rolling Stones.
The complimentary ticket and the dancer badge comes in their original brown envelope with the recipients name on the front.