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When a 'square cop' kicked the young Rolling Stones off Michigan Avenue

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STONES1.JPGThe Rolling Stones play the United Center on Tuesday in the first of three shows on their "50 and Counting" tour, but almost 49 years ago they were in Chicago getting barked at by a "square cop" as they tried to hold a news conference in the middle of Michigan Avenue.

The Stones, called a "form of British blight related to the Beatles" in the June 11, 1964, story buried on Page 56 of the Chicago Daily News, moved to the sidewalk just north of the Michigan Avenue bridge, drawing some squealing teenage girls and other onlookers.

The five Stones -- Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts -- were described as in their 20s and distinguishable from their female fans by their neckties. And "they boast that they have never had a music lesson in their lives but still hit the top of the London hit parade."

The story went on: "In the crowd on the sidewalk was Mrs. J.L. Kopenga of Clarendon Hills whose daughter Judi, 14, is president of the Stones Fan Club here. 'There's nothing we parents can do about the craze,' she said. 'Ministers and psychiatrists sat it's healthy.' Uh-huh. Andrew Oldham, 20, the Stones' manager, said, 'Americans think we're freaks ... but time will change that.' "

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