January 1967: British rock group The Rolling Stones; from left to right, Brian Jones (1942 - 1969), Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger.

Today (12/7) in ’68, The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet in the US.  The band’s 7th album was a stylistic shift for The Rolling Stones. They veered from the psychedelic sounds of ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ and matured the brand of rock that they had become known for.  Here’s some facts about the album you might not know. 

Some of Brian Jones Most Important Contributions To The Album Weren’t On Guitar

Brian Jones was battling personal demons inside and outside of the studio so Keith Richards assumed much of the guitar duties on the album. Jones did contribute some interesting sounds to the record in the way of his sitar and tanpura playing on “Street Fighting Man”, slide guitar on “No Expectations” , mellotron on “Jigsaw Puzzle” and “Stray Cat Blues” and harmonica on a few tracks.

Jumping Jack Flash Could Have Been On The Album

The song was recorded during a span of two weeks of recording that produced “Street Fighting Man” ,”Parachute Woman” and “Jigsaw Puzzle”. The Stones decided to release “Jumpin Jack Flash” as a single instead of waiting for the album out come out.

The Stones Adjusted One Line In ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ Before It’s Release

When Robert Kennedy was assasinated, Mick Jagger changed one of the song’s most famous lines to ‘the Kennedys’ rather than ‘Kennedy’ as it was initially written.

The Stones TV Special To Promote The Album Didn’t Air For 30 Years

The Stones planned a ‘Rock and Roll Circus’ television event to promote ‘Beggars’. Eric Clapton, John Lennon, The Who and Jethro Tull were among the performers. The Stones hated their own performance on the special that it went unreleased until 1996.

The Original Album Cover Was Shot At A Car Dealership

The ‘toilet cover’ photo was shot at a Porsche repair shop in LA.  Initially the record label made the band scrap the bathroom photo and an album cover that looked like an invitation was used.