The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock bands in the history of Rock and Roll. In fact, they could be called the original rock band and everything since then is just branching off from them. They originally formed in London in 1962. Their original lineup was harmonica player Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards rocking out on the guitar, bassist Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts hammering out the percussion.

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Today Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are one of the most prolific and perhaps the most famous songwriting duos in music history. Since this original lineup several people have joined the band to replace others. Mick Taylor replaced Jones shortly before Jones’s death in 1969. Taylor then quit in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood. Wyman left the band and was replaced by Darryl Jones, although he in not listed as an official band member.

The Rolling Stones were first popular in the United Kingdom before coming to tour in America in the 1960s as part of the invasion of British music that came to the United States. This invasion also included bands like The Beatles, Dusty Springfield, and The Animals. In a career that has spanned half a century, The Rolling Stones have released over 90 singles, more than two dozen studio albums in the US and numerous compilation and live albums. Their album sales are estimated to be over 200 million albums worldwide. At one point, the Rolling Stones had 8 consecutive studio albums reach number one in the United States: Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup, It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Black and Blue, Some Girls, Emotional Rescue, and Tattoo You. Ten of their studio albums are among Rolling Stone magazine’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” with their 1972 Exile on Main St. placing seventh on that list.

The Rolling Stones originally got their name in a rather odd way. According to Keith Richards, Brian Jones was calling a magazine Jazz News to place an advertisement for their band. When asked what the band’s name was, Jones, in a panic, glanced at a Muddy Waters record lying on their floor and saw one of the tracks listed was about a rollin’ stone. Jones gave this as their band’s name and the immortal Rolling Stones were born.

The Rolling Stones are truly one of the most influential bands of all time. They have influenced countless mainstream artists as well as aspiring rock ‘n’ roll artists playing in their own garages. Their style is a combination on rock and the blues that will be forever classic.