Released in the UK on this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones is the debut studio album by The Rolling Stones. Upon its release, the album became one of 1964's biggest sellers in the UK, staying at number one for twelve weeks. The majority of the songs on the album reflect the band's love for R&B music. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were fledgling songwriters during early 1964, contributing only one original composition to the album: "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)". Two songs are credited to "Nanker Phlege" – a pseudonym the band used for group compositions from 1963 to 1965. Phil Spector and Gene Pitney both contributed to the recording sessions, and are referred to as "Uncle Phil and Uncle Gene" in the subtitle of the Phelge instrumental "Now I've Got a Witness."
In honor of the anniversary, check out the Stones performing "Carol" and "Tell Me" before having to introduce themselves on The Mike Douglas Show in 1964.