The first Rolling Stones album to feature Mick Taylor on guitar, Let It Bleed was released on Friday, Nov. 28, 1969.
Ranked at No. 32 on Rolling Stone Magazine‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Let It Bleed is unique in that contributions from both Taylor and the late Brian Jones can be heard, the latter most notably playing slide guitar on Keith’s “You Got The Silver.”
Leading off with “Gimme Shelter” (No. 38 on the RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) and ending with “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” (No. 100), the album slows briefly for Mick’s drawn-out vocals on “Love In Vain” and the twangy “Country Honk” before launching into three straight iconic classics from this period – “Live With Me,” “Let It Bleed” and “Midnight Rambler.”
The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, 1969: (L to R) Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman.
Two days after Brian Jones’s death, The Rolling Stones (and Marianne Faithful) paid tribute to him with a free concert on Saturday, July 5, 1969, at Hyde Park in London.
Mick Taylor, the pre-determined replacement for Jones, played for the first time with new bandmates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in front of 250,ooo at Hyde Park.
The set list included earlier Rolling Stones singles (“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Satisfaction” and “I’m Free”) along with new numbers which featured Taylor’s guitar work more prominently (“Honky Tonk Women,” “Love In Vain” and “Midnight Rambler.”)
Early in the hours of Thursday, July 3, 1969, former Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was found dead at the bottom of his Cotchford Farm pool in Sussex.
Jones’s girlfriend, Anna Wholin, along with builder Frank Thorgood and his girlfriend Janet Lawson, were all present at Cotchford Farm and each gave differing accounts of what happened. In the end, the coroner ruled it a “death by misadvanture” while adding that Jones died under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
The Rolling Stones were notified of his death by telephone in studio while working on their Let It Bleed album with new guitarist Mick Taylor. Two days later, the group put on a free concert at London’s Hyde Park and dedicated the show to Jones.
In June, 1969, Brian Jones (left) was kicked out of the band he created and watched as The Rolling Stones moved on with Mick Taylor.
Singer Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and drummer Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones visited Brian Jones at his home on Sunday, June 8, 1969, with news that he was being replaced in the band by 21-year-old guitarist Mick Taylor.
The move came while the band was in the middle of the Let It Bleed album, upon which Jones adds a memorable slide guitar to Keith’s ‘You Got The Silver,’ though his last significant musical contributions had appeared on Their Satanic Majesties Request in 1967 and Beggar’s Banquet in 1968.
It had been nearly seven years since Jones first debuted the band as “The Rollin’ Stones” in July 1962, and it would be another six years before Taylor was replaced in the group by Ronnie Wood in 1975.