George Harrison and Brian Jones were friends

The first meeting of the two most important bands of their time took place on April 14, 1963 at the Crawdaddy Club in the Station Hotel in Richmond, England.

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The Beatles had already conquered the charts with “Please Please Me” and “From Me to You”, the Stones were only just beginning to develop their audience. Bill Wyman, the former bassist of the Stones, now remembered this encounter in an interview on the radio show "Ultimate Classic Rock Nights".

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Accordingly, after playing a few songs, he happened to see the Fab Four standing in the audience and listening devoutly. "Halfway through the set, we kind of looked up and there were four leather-clad people standing right in front of the stage with all these kids all dancing and playing around," he said. “I turned to Charlie (Watts) and said, 'It's the Beatles! They had two or three big No. 1 hits. "

Then there was beer and the bands partied all night long

Wyman noted that John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were completely ignored by the audience. He added: “When we finished our set, we talked to them and drank beer together. They stayed for the second set. And after that we all went back to an apartment in Chelsea where Mick (Jagger), Keith (Richards) and Brian (Jones) lived, hung out all night playing blues music, talking a lot about music and instantly became great friends. "

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For years, representatives of the press attributed fierce, sometimes poisonous, competition to the two bands. Of course, it's all just myth, even if the great friendship suggested by Wyman was more of a professional friendship among giants.