Andrew Loog Oldham, who is best known for being the Rolling Stones’ manager from 1963 to 1967, is getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony that will take place on April 10, 2014, at Barclays Center in New York City’s Brooklyn borough. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame made the announcement about the 2014 inductees on Dec. 17, 2013.
In 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be once again open to the public. The show’s ticket prices and the on-sale date are to be announced.*
The other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 2014 are Kiss, Nirvana, Cat Stevens, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, the E Street Band and Brian Epstein, who was the Beatles’ manager until his death from a drug overdose in 1967.
Oldham and the late Epstein are getting the Ahmet Ertegun Award (for non-performers), while the E Street Band (Bruce Springsteen’s band) will be given the Award for Musical Excellence (formerly known as the Sidemen category). The other inductees are part of the Performers category.
Oldham is credited with creating the PR image that the Rolling Stones had in the 1960s of being the “anti-Beatles” and for coining the phrase “Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone?” The idea was to present the Rolling Stones as the more rebellious, “cooler” alternative to the Beatles, who had an image that was more obedient and clean-cut.
In reality, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles were friendly rivals, with members of both groups sometimes working together. And as many tell-all books and articles have revealed, the Beatles behind the scenes were not as “squeaky clean” as their image.
Oldham, who produced many of the Rolling Stones’ early recordings, was fired by the band over musical differences and conflicts over the Rolling Stones’ career plans. The Rolling Stones then hired Allen Klein as their manager, and they would later battle with Klein for years over legal and financial issues. Klein’s ABKCO company owns most of the copyrights of Rolling Stones songs from 1960s and early 1970s. Klein (who died in 2009) replaced Epstein as the Beatles’ manager until the Beatles broke up in 1970. The Beatles would also battle with Klein over legal and financial issues.
Oldham has written several books, including memoirs about his time with the Rolling Stones and other experiences he’s had in the music business.
He is nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album for being a producer of the Rolling Stones box set “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” the soundtrack to the documentary film of the same title. Oldham is also a producer of the movie.
In 2012, Oldham did numerous promotions for “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” including attending the movie’s premiere at the New York Film Festival and doing a Q&A conducted by Dave Grohl on DirecTV’s Audience Network “Something to Talk About” series.
“The Charlie Is My Darling” soundtrack, DVD, Blu-ray and deluxe box set were released by ABKCO on Nov. 6, 2012.
In an October 2012 Q&A in New York City following a screening of “Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965,” Oldham said that if he were still the manager of the Rolling Stones, he would have advise them to have an on-stage hologram of the late Brian Jones (who died in 1969) as part of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary tour. Oldham also said that former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor should be part of the tour.
Oldham said, “My advice? Try and get Bill Wyman to join you. Get a hologram … so you can zoom Brian [Jones] in there. Mick Taylor can probably get there himself. Brian, for sure [on the tour]. Right?
“And then go to America, play one album, get comfortable, do the show … play the cities, do an album for a week. It would be a bit of history, as opposed to, oh you know, ‘Here we are. You’re in walkers; we’re not yet.’ I think it could be ‘nail it to the floor of America.’ Bill and Brian are the essence of it.”
Wyman was an on-stage guest at the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary concerts in London in 2012, but Wyman later complained to the media that he wasn’t given enough songs to play at the anniversary shows, so it is very unlikely that he will be invited to perform with the Rolling Stones again anytime soon. Taylor, however, has been a guest on all of the Rolling Stones’ “50 and Counting” anniversary concerts in 2012 and 2013, and it has been announced that Taylor will continue to be a guest on the Rolling Stones “14 on Fire” tour in 2014. The Rolling Stones wisely steered clear of the idea to have Jones as a hologram.
The Rolling Stones were inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who was in the Faces before he joined the Rolling Stones, was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Faces in 2012.
Artists eligible for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are required to have released their first recording at least 25 years before the induction ceremony. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made an effort to make the annual induction ceremony more inclusive to the general public, including televising the ceremony, opening up the voting to the public, moving the ceremony from a hotel to an arena, and selling tickets to the ceremony to the public instead of keeping it as an invitation-only event.
*Feb. 21, 2014 update: American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Feb. 24, 2014 at 9 a.m. EST through Feb. 28, 2014 at 10 p.m. EST. Tickets will be available to the public at Ticketmaster.com beginning March 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. EST. For more ticketing information, visit rockhall.com.