Mick Taylor Departs The Rolling Stones

On December 12. 1974, guitarist Mick Taylor announced that he would be ending his tenure with The Rolling Stones.

After spending some time as a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Taylor became a member of The Rolling Stones in 1969, at the height of their incredible run of studio albums that included Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St. Many have considered Mick Taylor to be the best guitarist that’s ever joined The Stones. Indeed, any fan of this incredible period of Stones output is likely to agree that he was something special.

Tension between Taylor and Keith Richards, and a disagreement about writing credits for Taylor, would ultimately be responsible for him deciding to leave the band. Nevertheless, this was an incredibly fertile period for The Rolling Stones and Mick Taylor’s contributions to the band have had a powerful impact on rock history and guitar playing. Thanks for all the music and the memories, Mick!

Here’s what else happened this week in rock history:

Born This Week in Rock History

Eddie Jones a.k.a. Guitar Slim: December 10, 1926 (blues musician, guitar and vocals)

Meg White: December 10, 1974 (drums, The White Stripes)

Big Mama Thornton: December 11, 1926 (R&B musician)

Dickey Betts: December 12, 1943 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)

Died This Week in Rock History


Otis Redding: December 10, 1967 (R&B and Soul musician, vocals, guitar, piano)

Sam Cooke: December 11, 1964 (soul singer and composer)

Ravi Shankar: December 11, 2012 (Sitar player)

Dinah Washington: December 14, 1963 (R&B and blues vocalist and pianist)

Fats Waller: December 15, 1943 (jazz pianist and composer)

Music releases and top of the charts:


Got LIVE If You Want It! By The Rolling Stones is released: December 10, 1966

Wings Over America by Wings is released: December 10, 1976

John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band is released: December 11, 1970

James Brown’s live album Revolution of the Mind is released on December 11, 1971

Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery goes gold: December 12, 1973

Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” is released on December 13, 1967.

Foghat’s “Slow Ride” is released on December 13, 1975.

Bob Dylan’s first single “Mixed-Up Confusion” was released on December 14, 1962.

This Week in Rock History!


Otis Redding and most of his band are killed in a tragic airplane crash. Otis Redding was one of the greatest soul singers of his era, and wrote and recorded the first posthumous #1 song, “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”: December 10, 1967

The Steve Miller Blues Band drops “Blues” from its name and signs a lucrative deal with Capitol Records: December 10, 1967

Sam Cooke is shot and killed at the Haciena Motel in Los Angeles. The manager of the motel, who shot him 3 times, claimed that Cooke assaulted her and attempted to rape his companion. The shooting was ruled as a justifiable homicide: December 11, 1964

The Rolling Stones perform a show that would be later released as The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus video in 1996. The show was, appropriately in light of the title, performed on a circus stage. The show featured appearances by The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, and supergroup The Dirty Mac composed of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards. Wow!: December 11, 1968

Genesis make their live U.S. debut at Brandeis University in Massachusetts: December 11, 1972

Jerry Lee Lewis marries, in secret, 13 year old Myra Gale Brown. This would eventually lead to the downfall of his career: December 12, 1957

Jim Morrison plays his final show with The Doors at the Warehouse in New Orleans: December 12, 1970

Guitarist Mick Taylor announces he is leaving The Rolling Stones: December 12, 1974


– Brian M. Reiser,
J&R Adventures