A look back at when Charlie Watts and the Rolling Stones visited WANE 15 and performed in Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Stephen Perfect was not into the Rolling Stones in 1964. He thought November 12 would be another day working at WANE 15 as a photographer on the Ann Colone Show.

The crowd, police and tour bus suggested otherwise.

Perfect captured the iconic photos as the Rolling Stones paid a live visit to Fort Wayne television.

He also remembers visits from comedian Joan Rivers and Irene Ryan, “Granny” from The Beverly Hillbillies. “Those two are the same off camera as they are on camera,” said Perfect.

EARLIER:

Charlie Watts, who joined the Rolling Stones as the band’s drummer in 1963, passed away Tuesday at the age of 80.

Early in their career, the Rolling Stones tour brought them to Fort Wayne for an appearance on the Ann Colone show which aired on WANE 15, and a performance on November 12, 1964 at the Memorial Coliseum. It was the only time the group, often referred to as the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” played in Fort Wayne.

In November 2014, on the 50th anniversary of their visit to Fort Wayne, Heather Herron, WANE 15’s evening anchor at the time, sat down with the photographer who snapped photos of their visit. Here is that story from 2014.

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