THE 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„.
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.

Band Members:

1962

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Brian Jones – guitars, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ian Stewart – piano, percussion

with

  • Mick Avory – drums
  • Tony Chapman – drums
  • Ricky Fenson – bass
  • Carlo Little – drums
  • Dick Taylor – bass
  • Bill Wyman – bass

January–April 1963

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Brian Jones – guitars, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals
  • Ian Stewart – piano, percussion
  • Charlie Watts – drums
  • Bill Wyman – bass, backing vocals

May 1963 – May 1969

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion
  • Brian Jones – guitars, backing vocals, harmonica, percussion, tamboura, sitar, dulcimer, keyboards, autoharp, brass, woodwinds, theremin, piano
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass, vocals, percussion, keyboards

May 1969 – December 1974

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, guitar
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards
  • Mick Taylor – guitars, bass, synthesizer, percussion, backing vocals
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass, synthesizer

December 1974 – May 1975

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, guitar
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass, synthesizer

May 1975 – December 1992

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, keyboards, guitar
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Ronnie Wood – guitars, backing vocals, bass, drums, percussion
  • Bill Wyman – bass, synthesizer

1993–Present

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica, percussion, guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Keith Richards – guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards
  • Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
  • Ronnie Wood – guitars, backing vocals, bass

with

  • Darryl Jones – bass

The Rolling Stones in the 1960s. From left: Jagger, Jones, Richards, Wyman and Watts.

Discography:

In a career that has spanned nearly half a century, the band has released over 90 singles, more than two dozen studio albums, and numerous compilation and live albums. Ten of their studio albums are among Rolling Stone magazine’s The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with their 1972 double album Exile on Main St. placing seventh.

Official videography:
Officially released films featuring are listed with their original release dates. (The formats mentioned are the most recent versions officially available, not necessarily the original release formats.)

  • 1966: Charlie Is My Darling, directed by Peter Whitehead) (released on DVD in 2009 without the Rolling Stones’ music)
  • 1968: Sympathy for the Devil , directed by Jean-Luc Godard (DVD)
  • 1969: Stones in the Park (DVD)
  • 1970: Gimme Shelter, directed by Albert and David Maysles (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
  • 1974: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, directed by Rolin Binzer
  • 1982: Rocks Off and Let’s Spend the Night Together, both directed by Hal Ashby (DVD)
  • 1984: Video Rewind (VHS)
  • 1989: 25×5 – The Continuing Adventures of the Rolling Stones (VHS)
  • 1992: Stones at the Max, directed by Julien Temple (DVD)
  • 1995: The Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Live (DVD)
  • 1996: The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (filmed in 1968) (DVD)
  • 1998: Bridges to Babylon Tour ’97–98 (DVD)
  • 2003: Four Flicks (DVD)
  • 2007: The Biggest Bang (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
  • 2008: Shine a Light, directed by Martin Scorsese, released to theaters in standard and IMAX presentations (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
  • 2009: Stones at the Max Remastered Edition, directed by Julien Temple (DVD/Blu-ray Disc)
  • 2010: Stones in Exile, directed by Stephen Kijak

Musical evolution
The Rolling Stones are notable in modern popular music for assimilating various musical genres into their own collective sound. Throughout the band’s career, their musical contributions have been marked by a continual reference and reliance on musical styles including American blues, rhythm and blues, country, folk, reggae, dance, and world music, exemplified by their collaboration with the Master Musicians of Jajouka as well as traditional English styles that use stringed instrumentation like harps. Brian Jones experimented with the use of non-traditional instruments such as the sitar, and slide guitar in their early days. The group cut their musical teeth by covering early rock and roll and blues songs, and have never stopped playing live or recording cover songs.
Infusion of American blues:


Jagger and Richards shared an admiration of Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and Little Walter, and their interest influenced Brian Jones, of whom Richards says, „He was more into T-Bone Walker and jazz blues stuff. We’d turn him onto Chuck Berry and say, ‚Look, it’s all the same shit, man, and you can do it.'”Charlie Watts, a traditional jazz drummer, was also introduced to the blues through his association with the pair. „Keith and Brian turned me on to Jimmy Reed and people like that. I learned that Earl Phillips was playing on those records like a jazz drummer, playing swing, with a straight four…”
Jagger, recalling when he first heard the likes of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Fats Domino and other major American R&B artists, said it „seemed the most real thing”[123] he had heard up to that point. Similarly, Keith Richards, describing the first time he listened to Muddy Waters, said it was the „most powerful music [he had] ever heard…the most expressive. He also stated, „when you think of some dopey, spotty seventeen year old from Dartford, who wants to be Muddy Waters– and there were a lot of us– in a way, very pathetic, but in another way, very.. heartwarming”.

The Stones are one of my favourite bands. They’re do amazing! I hear theirs songs when I’m sad, happy, or bored. They can always make me fell better. These songs are big hits. For example:

\”Angie\”

from the album Goats Head Soup.

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