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The Rolling Stones with Pattie Boyd

The Rolling Stones with Pattie Boyd by John French, 1964
Victoria and Albert Museum
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Dave Clark

The Dave Clark Five on the cover of Fabulous
29 February 1964

Photograph by Bill Francis
Fleetway Publications Private Collection © IPC+ Syndication


In 1964 The Beatles found success overseas, particularly in America. 'I Want to Hold your Hand' had sold a million copies by 10 January, shortly before their first American tour. During their Australian tour The Beatles met Robert Whitaker, who was invited by Brian Epstein to come to Britain as the group's official photographer.

Woman's Own asked John French to shoot a fashion story combining pop groups, including The Dave Clark Five, Peter and Gordon and The Rolling Stones with top models such as Debbie Condon, Grace Coddington, Tania Mallet and Pattie Boyd. The Sunday Mirror brought together most of the young female singers who had pop hits that year and commissioned French to photograph the 'Million Pound Poppets'.

David Bailey took two of his most important early pop portraits this year. He photographed The Rolling Stones on 30 September, arranging the five members of the group in a square composition to fit the cover of a 12-inch square LP sleeve. Bailey’s photograph of Mick Jagger in a fur hood was taken in December and was to become the cover image of Bailey’s seminal publication Box of Pin-Ups (1965).