Charlie Is My Darling (film)

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Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965
Poster for the 2012 restored version
Directed byPeter Whitehead (1966) and Michael Gochanour (2012)
Produced byAndrew Loog Oldham (1966)
Robin Klein (2012)
StarringThe Rolling Stones
CinematographyPeter Whitehead
Edited byPeter Whitehead (1966)
Nathan Punwar (2012)
Distributed byABKCO Films/Brainstorm Media
Release dates
  • October 1966 (1966-10) (IFFMH)
  • 29 September 2012 (2012-09-29) (NYFF)
Running time
35 minutes (1966)
64 minutes (2012)
CountriesUK (1966 version)
USA (2012 version)

Charlie Is My Darling, directed by Peter Whitehead and produced by the Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham, was the first documentary film about the Rolling Stones. It was intended as a screen test for the band, to see how their musical charisma would translate into film. The footage was shot during the band's second tour of Ireland that year, on 3 and 4 September 1965, and was finished in the spring of 1966.[1] It was given its premiere at the Mannheim Film Festival in October 1966.[2] But the film was never officially released, due to the legal fights between the Rolling Stones and Allen Klein[3] and a burglary in Andrew Loog Oldham's office, which saw all prints disappear.[4]

Nearly fifty years later, in 2012, a new film using restored footage and entitled Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 was released by Allen Klein's ABKCO Records, which owns the rights to all older Stones material. Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 came about when director Michael Gochanour discovered additional unprocessed footage of the 1965 Rolling Stones screen test. Gochanour spent two years editing and remixing the '60s material, adding a story line and synching music to Rolling Stones concert footage that had originally been filmed without sound. The result was Charlie Is My Darling – 1965. One of Gochanour's objectives in making the film was "to show The Rolling Stones in a way the world had never seen them before; as a band just coming into their own – raw, visceral, innocent and with purpose."[5]

The 64-minute documentary, Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965, follows the group from their car trip out of London to Heathrow Airport, and from there to Dublin where they had two concerts at the Adelphi Theatre on 3 September. The next day they take a train up to Belfast for two concerts at the ABC Theatre, before returning to London by plane the following day. Besides stage shots from the concerts (where the second Dublin concert ends in total chaos as fans storm the stage), the film contains scenes from a hotel room in Dublin (where Keith and Mick for fun do a few Beatles songs as well as a couple of their own), scenes from their train trip to Belfast, another impromptu song session by a piano (with both Keith and Andrew Oldham playing the piano while Mick impersonates Elvis Presley singing "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" and Fats Domino's version of "Blueberry Hill"), and finally their flight back to London. Intermixed with this are interviews with the band members where they talk about fame, fans and future.

Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 premiered at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City on 29 September 2012, as part of the 2012 New York Film Festival, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray in November 2012.[6] On 25 November 2012, it was shown by BBC Two as part of BBC's "The Rolling Stones at 50" celebrations.


A Super Deluxe Edition box set of the film versions and audio albums was released 13 November 2012 which contained 2 CDs, 10" vinyl, DVD, Blu-ray and a numbered limited edition enlarged film cell in 200+ unique variations.[7]

Live 1965: Music from Charlie Is My Darling, the audio album featuring the songs in the documentary, was released 24 November 2014 on ABKCO Records as a stand-alone release as a digital download and streaming audio.[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Show Intro" 0:20
2."Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"Jerry Wexler, Bert Berns, Solomon Burke0:35
3."Pain in My Heart"Naomi Neville2:03
4."Down the Road a Piece"Don Raye1:43
5."Time Is on My Side"Norman Meade a.k.a. Jerry Ragovoy2:51
6."I’m Alright"Ellas McDaniel/Nanker Phelge2:15
7."Off the Hook"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards2:27
8."Charlie’s intro to Little Red Rooster"Charlie Watts0:32
9."Little Red Rooster"Willie Dixon2:35
10."Route 66"Bobby Troup2:44
11."I’m Moving On"Clarence E. Snow2:28
12."The Last Time"Mick Jagger, Keith Richards3:09
13."Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (Finale)"Jerry Wexler, Bert Berns, Solomon Burke4:03


The album won the Grammy Award for Best Historical Album at 2014’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards.[9]


Chart (2012) Peak
Argentinian Music DVDs Chart[10] 3
Australian Music DVDs Chart[11] 13
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[12] 3
Danish Music DVDs Chart[13] 5
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[14] 12
German Albums Chart[15] 54
Irish Music DVDs Chart[16] 3
Italian Music DVDs Chart[17] 12
Spanish Music DVDs Chart[18] 14
Swedish Music DVDs Chart[19] 6
Swiss Music DVDs Charts[20] 8
UK Music Videos Chart[21] 11


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