ROLLING STONES: As Trains Go By
The spot where Mick and Keith met in 1961 has been commemorated with a plaque.
A plaque commemorating the spot where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first met, October 17th, 1961, was unveiled this past Thursday at the Dartford Railway Station in Dartford, England.
Dartford council member Jeremy Kite says, “Platform 2 has a small but important role in pop music history. I hope that in the years ahead, many thousands of rail passengers will enjoy looking at the plaque and realize the part the station played in bringing The Rolling Stones together.”
In his autobiography, Life, Keith wrote about that first meeting in a letter he’d sent to his Aunty Patty. “You know I was keen on Chuck Berry and thought I was the only fan for miles, but one morning on the Dartford Station I was holding one of Chuck’s records when a guy I knew at primary school 7-11 years y’know came up to me. He’s got every record Chuck Berry ever made and all his mates have, too, they are all rhythm and blues fans, real R&B, I mean (not this Dinah Shore, Brooke Benton crap). Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Chuck, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker and all the Chicago bluesmen. Real lowdown stuff, marvelous. Bo Diddley, he’s another great. Anyway the guy on the station, he’s called Mick Jagger… Mick is the greatest R&B singer this side of the Atlantic.”