Marketing Cheltenham and Cotswold Guides, has announced it is to launch an official Brian Jones walking tour on what would have been his birthday, 28th February, to commemorate 50 years since the iconic musician’s death.

Founding member of the Rolling Stones and much-loved musician Brian Jones was born in Cheltenham in 1942, attended two of the local schools and was heavily involved in the underground rhythm and blues music scene. He moved to London in the 1960’s to pursue his musical career where he formed one of the world’s most famous rock bands.

The blue plaque to mark his birthplace. Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography – Licensed to Visit Cheltenham and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Jones played a range of instruments, contributed to several hit records and acted as the band’s manager in the early years. Bill Wyman, bass guitarist in The Rolling Stones said of Jones, “He formed the band.  He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs… he was very influential.”

However, after a turbulent time involving legal problems, estrangement from bandmates and substance abuse, he was no longer able to participate in the band.

Jones tragically died in a swimming pool in his own house in 1969 at the young age of 27 and his final resting place is in a cemetery in Cheltenham.

Brian Jones grave at Cheltenham Cemetery. Picture by Mikal Ludlow Photography – Licensed to Visit Cheltenham and Cheltenham Borough Council.

Kelly Ballard, Manager at Marketing Cheltenham said, “This new walking tour will bring Brian Jones’ story to life and will allow visitors to experience the environment that influenced and inspired him in his early musical career. Brian Jones was such a unique musician and his legacy in the town lives on.”

The Brian Jones Anniversary Walking Tour begins on 28th February and will take place on various dates up until 24th August. Tickets to the guided tour cost £10 per person.

For more information and to book your place please visit https://www.visitcheltenham.com/whats-on/brian-jones-50th-anniversary-walking-tour-p2617063