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Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band, formed in April 1962 in London when guitarist and harmonica player Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart joined vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards. Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early lineup. After signing to Decca Records in 1963, the band changed their name from “The Rollin’ Stones” to “The Rolling Stones”. Band members and others often refer to the band as “The Stones”.

The Stones 1963

In 1963 Jagger and Richards formed a songwriting partnership and eventually took over leadership of the band as Jones became increasingly troubled and erratic. After recording mainly covers of American blues and R&B songs, every studio record since the 1966 album Aftermath has featured mainly Jagger/Richards songs. Mick Taylor replaced Jones shortly before Jones’ death in 1969. Taylor quit in 1974, and was replaced in 1975 by Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood, who has remained with the band since. Stewart was removed from the official lineup in 1963 to continue as the band’s road manager and occasional keyboardist until his death in 1985. Wyman left in 1992 and was replaced by Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member but has been the primary bassist since 1994.

First popular in the UK, The Rolling Stones toured the US repeatedly during the early 1960s “British Invasion”. The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK (24 in the US), eight concert albums (nine in the US) and numerous compilations; and have album sales estimated at more than 200 million worldwide. Sticky Fingers (1971) began a string of eight consecutive studio albums reaching number one in the United States. Their latest album, A Bigger Bang, was released in 2005. In 1989 The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked The Rolling Stones at number ten on “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”, and as the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Early history

In the early 1950s Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were boyhood friends and classmates at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford, Kent, until their families moved apart. In 1960 when Richards, on his way to class at Sidcup Art College, and Jagger, on his way to class at London School of Economics, met at Dartford train station. The Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records Jagger carried revealed a mutual interest leading to the reestablishment of their friendship and the formation of a band with Dick Taylor (later of Pretty Things).  Richards, Taylor and Jagger found Brian Jones as he sat in playing slide guitar with Alexis Korner’s seminal London R&B band, Blues Incorporated. Blues Incorporated contained two other future members of the Rolling Stones; Ian Stewart and Charlie Watts  Stewart found a practice space and joined with Jones to start a R&B band playing Chicago Blues. Besides Stewart, Jones and Jagger, the first rehearsal of the as-yet-unnamed band also included Richards attending at Jagger’s behest. Other participants were guitarist Geoff Bradford and vocalist Brian Knight objected to the rock ‘n roll material Jagger and Richards favoured and wanted no part of forming a band with them. In June 1962 the lineup was: Jagger, Richards, Stewart, Jones, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. According to Richards, Jones christened the band while phoning Jazz News to place an advertisement. When asked what the band’s name was, Jones glanced at a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor of which one of the tracks was “Rollin’ Stone”.

Discography

Studio Albums

1964 The Rolling Stones – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones-the-rolling-stones-1964/

1964 England’s Newest Hit Makers – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones-englands-newest-hit-makers-us-release/

12 x 5 – http://bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones/rolling-stones-12-x-5/

The Rolling Stones No 2 – coming soon 20/05/2017

Exile On Main Street (Deluxe Edition) – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones-exile-on-main-street-deluxe-and-remastered-2010/

A Bigger Bang – http://www.bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones-a-bigger-bang/

Compilations

Hot Rocks 1964-1971 - http://bopping-elf.co.uk/rolling-stones/rolling-stones-hot-rocks-1964-1971/

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