While teenage girls across the world were being sent into frenzies as The British Invasion reached American soil, parents everywhere were biting their nails, pondering the question – “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?
While Oldham was choreographing how the boys appeared in public, Bob Bonis was also at work behind the scenes as U.S. Tour Manager for the Stones’ first five trips stateside between 1964 and 1966. Bonis didn’t dictate their image, rather he captured it on film.
With his Leica M3 camera ready-to-shoot, he documented the band at the height of the British Invasion, capturing candid and historic moments in their meteoric rise to fame. These never-before-released photographs are now available from the Bob Bonis Archive as strictly limited edition fine art prints.
Bob Bonis Tour Manager
Due to a no-nonsense reputation earned from years of working in the jazz clubs in New York that were mostly run by wise-guys, Bob Bonis was tapped to serve as U.S. Tour manager for the Rolling Stones beginning with their very first tour of America in June, 1964 and con- tinued in this role through 1966. He brought along his Leica M3 camera on the road and recorded approximately 2,700 historic, intimate, extraordinary images of the Stones.
RCA Studio in Hollywood 1965
The Rolling Stones rehearsed and recorded the backing tracks for an appearance on the popular TV show Shindig on May 18 and 19 at RCA in Hollywood. The show was taped on May 20th and broadcast on May 26th.
On this show the Stones performed Down The Road Apiece, Little Red Rooster, The Last Time, and what appears to be the worl premiere performance of (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.
Bob Bonis captured Keith Richards striking a boyish grin while playing his vintage 1959 Gibson Les Paul guitar with the flame top during these rehearsals.
RCA 1965 - Photo by tour manager Bob Bonis
Rolling Stones with Andrew Loog Oldham, RCA Studios May 12-13, 1965
After a long recording session at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California, May 12- 13, 1965, US tour manager, Bob Bonis, captured this striking group portrait of the five Rolling Stones (Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman) with their manager / producer Andrew Loog Oldham.
Emotions run high as the shift in power from founder Brian Jones to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is clearly evident in this remarkable photograph. These sessions produced the songs & (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (the second version they recorded that was actually released), Cry To Me, Good Times, I've Been Loving You Too Long, My Girl, One More Try, and The Spider and the Fly.
Look closely at only Brian, Mick and Keith. The look at Bill assessing the situation.