The History of 1969
The Rolling Stones released Let It Bleed on November 28th, 1969. Although The Rolling Stones had begun the recording of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in May 1968, before Beggars Banquet had been released, recording for Let It Bleed began in earnest in February 1969 and would continue sporadically until November. During the recording founding member Brian Jones left and he tragically died soon after. He was replaced by 20 year old Mick Taylor. Upon release Let It Bleed made it to number 3 on the Billboard charts and in the UK it hit the number 1 spot on the album chart. Let It Bleed went on to go Double Platinum in the USA.
The Beatles released “Abbey Road” on October 1st, 1969 in the USA and September 26th, 1969 in the UK. “Let It Be” was the final album released by The Beatles although it was actually recorded before “Abbey Road“, making the “Abbey Road” sessions the final sessions The Beatles worked on together as a band.
The fact that The Beatles managed to reconvene after the disastrous “Abbey Road” sessions was deemed to be miraculous. What may have been the saving grace was the decision to get George Martin back in to produce the “Abbey Road” sessions. He managed to broker an uneasy peace between the warring Paul McCartney and John Lennon and helped negotiate a path through the debris to pick out the gems, and unbelievably delivered the most coherent record The Beatles ever produced.
Before the funeral, fans had already sent enough flowers to fill the cemetery, including a guitar shaped arrangement from Brian’s family and a huge arrangement spelling out “Gates of Heaven” from The Rolling Stones.
On the day of the funeral the town was besieged with tearful fans, curious onlookers and swarms of press photographers. The 14-car funeral procession crawled to the cemetery at a pace even more stately than usual as its progress was blocked by the surging crowds.
As 1968 drew to a close, Brian Jones did what all rock-stars now do and bought himself a country retreat. Cotchford Farm is a country manor house in the East Sussex countryside, formerly owned by A. A. Milne, author of the Winnie The Pooh books, and included a large outdoor swimming pool.
Around midnight on July 2nd, Brian Jones was found at the bottom of his swimming pool in mysterious circumstances. All attempts to revive him failed. He was 27.
The coroners report found that while Brian Jones had been drinking there was no evidence of hard drugs in his system. However the police investigation and coroners report have left many unanswered questions, but the verdict to this day remains that Brian Jones died through misadventure.
Brian Jones‘ relationship with the other Rolling Stones had broken down. Along with the Brian‘s deteriorating relationship with the other Stones his health was deteriorating with his dependency on various narcotics. Also Brian Jones, the blues purist, had been unhappy with the direction The Rolling Stones were taking had barely played on “Let It Bleed” the situation could not continue and on on June 8th, 1969 Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones parted company.