Officials are replacing a plaque heralding the origins of the Rolling Stones following objections from Bill Wyman, the band's former bassist
A blue plaque at Dartford station in southeast England marking the site of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ first meeting is going to be replaced, following objections from The Rolling Stones’ former bassist, Bill Wyman.
The plaque, first unveiled in February, says: “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met on platform 2 on 17 October 1961 and went on to form The Rolling Stones – one of the most successful rock bands of all time.”
Wyman objected, saying it was actually guitarist Brian Jones who founded the band and enlisted each member one by one. “He gave the name The Rolling Stones, he chose the music and he was the leader,” Wyman told the BBC.
Jagger and Richards both attended the same elementary school and met up again on the Dartford train platform in 1961, discovering they shared a love of the blues and later becoming two of Jones’ bandmates.
Jones suffered from a drug and alcohol addiction and drowned in the swimming pool at his home in 1969.
A local official said the plaque would be reworded to make it clear that the station was where Jagger and Richards met and went on to be part of the band.