Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

THE ROLLING STONES


BIO: The World's Greatest Rock n Roll Band, they keep proving it over and over again. The Stones were formed by blues purest, guitarist and harp player Brian Jones in 1962. He wanted to start a R&B band and the first to join him was pianist Ian "Stu" Stewart, followed by guitarist Geoff Bradford. In June, Mick Jagger (vocals) and Keith Richards (guitar) joined them. Also to join the band at that time was bass player Dick Taylor, but no set drummer was to join at first. Bradford left the band shortly after Richards and Jagger joined. Several drummers would play with the band - Mick Avory (who later would join the Kinks), Tony Chapman, Charlie Watts and Carlo Little. Jones was the band's early leader and was the one to come up with the name, which he took from a Muddy Waters song. That December Dick Taylor left and Bill Wyman took over the bass duties. In January '63 Charlie Watts finally decided to take up on a earlier offer to join the band and the heart and soul of the Rolling Stones was now in place. The Stones started out playing small clubs. Their first studio work took place that March but it wasn't till they met Andrew Loog Oldham that things would start to click for them. Oldham signed the band to work for him and partner Eric Easton that May. But there would be one more change. Oldham didn't feel Stewart's image fit in with the rest of the band's and insisted on him being out of the main line up. Luckily for the Stones, Stu agreed to become their road manager and still play his fine piano in sessions for the Stones till his death in December of 1985. Success came to the Stones rather quickly as they transformed from a blues band to a rock band. In the coming years the Stones would experiment with just about every kind of rock music out there. But still, they would never wander too far from the blues. It was Jones and Richards who wrote the blueprint for rock guitar weaving that so many other bands would soon partake in. Jones was also the first white man to play slide guitar and played it superbly. Richards in time would be know as one of rock's best ever rhythm guitar players and his guitar riffs became the trademark sound of the Stones. With Wyman & Watts the band had one of rocks best rhythm sections too. But with that all said and done, it was Jagger who was perhaps the main reason for the band's rise to the top. Jagger early on took over as the band's leader and as singer was the front man. His stage presence was unlike his contemporaries and the young fans just loved him. By the mid sixties the Stones were the number two band in rock behind the Beatles. They would turn out a number of great songs written by Jagger/Richards that had instruments on them that were never heard before in rock music. This all came via the versatility of Jones, "a cat who could play any instrument" as Richards would later say about him. But by the late sixties things were not going well between Jones and Jagger/Richards. Jones wanted writing credit on songs he help write in the studio, which he would never receive. He also had a drug problem that was getting out of hand and on top of everything else lost the love of his life, actress Anita Pallenberg, to his now former best friend Richards in 1968. In May of '69, it was agreed that Jones would leave the band. Tragically, less than a month later his body was found at the bottom of his swimming pool. No credible explanation was given on how he got there and to this day many friends and fans feel foul play was involved. The band hired blues guitarist Mick Taylor to take his spot in the group. Taylor's guitar playing compared to Jones' was a world apart. Taylor played a more cleaner guitar than Jones and unlike Brian stuck to just the guitar. As the Stones entered the seventies he pretty much took over most of the lead guitar parts in the band as Richards' drug problems got somewhat in the way. While all this went on, Jagger remained the front man and continued to deliver songs vocally like no one else. It was during this time period that the Stones would become rock's best live act.With the Beatles now gone, the Stones were the true kings of rock. Unfortunately in December of 1974, Taylor suddenly quit the band. Some say it was over his lack of receiving writing credits that was the cause, a problem Jagger/Richards still hadn't addressed to the rest of the band. In April of '75 Ron Wood, guitarist for Faces was named as a temporary replacement for the upcoming tour. But just about everyone knew he would stick, and in time he did. Unlike Taylor, "Woody" seemed to fit in more with Richards' style of playing. For the first time since the Brian Jones days, Richards had someone he could guitar weave with again. The band's present lineup would stay intact for years to follow. In the mid eighties things got tense between Jagger and the rest of the band as Mick wanted to do solo projects and was seen as slipping away from the rest. For the first time it seem that maybe the end of the Rolling Stones was near. But by the close of that decade things were ironed out and the Steel Wheels tour was a huge success. In January of '93 Wyman quit the band and once again, like Jones and Taylor, a lack of credit for song writing was one of the reasons cited for his departure. To this day the Stones have yet to replace him. They have used several different bassist in the studio since and employ Darryl Jones to play bass on the road. As of this bio's written date, the Stones have put out twenty six studio albums and another seven live albums. In addition numerous other live boots, compilations and greatest hits albums abound. Their top four "monster" albums were released between '68 and '72: Beggars Banquet ('68), Let It Bleed ('69), Sticky Fingers ('71) and Exile on Main Street ('72). But to sum up all of this, no other bands or artists sing or lives the lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock & roll like the Stones do!

Latest Tweets

RollingStones Twitter 6/11 @ 5:13 AM
RollingStones - In support of RSD on 12 June, the Stones are releasing A Bigger Bang Live, a two track, 10” Limited Edition EP ft R… https://t.co/Whea3fZ6KT
Retweet | Reply | Link   

RollingStones Twitter 6/8 @ 2:19 AM
RollingStones - Next up in the #StonesRed vinyl series is Black & Blue! 500 will be available in the #RSNo9 store at 9… https://t.co/QREs97saa7
Retweet | Reply | Link   

RollingStones Twitter 6/8 @ 1:19 AM
RollingStones - Mick Jagger on stage in 1975, dynamically captured by Ken Regan. https://t.co/4THe6AdTWD
Retweet | Reply | Link   


MORE TWEETS

Latest Articles


New Zealand's Drax Project Return With Radiant Cedric Gervais Remix Photo New Zealand's Drax Project Return With Radiant Cedric Gervais Remix
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 11, 2021

​​​​​​​Beginning as music students busking on the streets, Drax Project have grown into one of the most watched groups ever to come out of New Zealand....
Global Superstar Justin Bieber to Perform at Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater July 9 Photo Global Superstar Justin Bieber to Perform at Wynn Las Vegas' Encore Theater July 9
by TV News Desk - June 10, 2021

With more than 75 billion career streams and over 70 million albums sold worldwide, Bieber is recognized as one of the most popular artists in the world. ...
George Harrison's Masterpiece 'All Things Must Pass' Celebrated With Suite of New 50t Photo George Harrison's Masterpiece 'All Things Must Pass' Celebrated With Suite of New 50th Anniversary Editions
by TV News Desk - June 10, 2021

Decades in the making and lovingly crafted by the Harrison family, All Things Must Pass has now been completely remixed from the original tapes for a stunning suite of 50th-anniversary releases that fulfills Harrison’s longtime desire....
The Revivalists' David Shaw Announces 2021 Tour Dates Photo The Revivalists' David Shaw Announces 2021 Tour Dates
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 03, 2021

Then, this winter, Shaw will hit the road again starting December 4th in Atlanta, GA with performances in Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. He’ll also be stopping at Bowery Ballroom in New York City on December 17th and then will close out the run in Washington, DC on Decem...
Des Rocs Announce Worldwide Livestream Event Photo Des Rocs Announce Worldwide Livestream Event
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 02, 2021

Tickets for the livestream are on sale now, along with exclusive merch bundles featuring a limited edition t-shirt, cassette recording of the performance, a special Q&A with Des Rocs and more....
Craft Recordings Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Specialty Records Photo Craft Recordings Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Specialty Records
by Sarah Jae Leiber - June 02, 2021

Originally released as a 5-CD box set, The Specialty Story offers 130 tracks from the artists noted above, plus Percy Mayfield, Camille Howard, Joe Liggins, Jesse Belvin, Eugene Church, Lil Greenwood, the Swan Silvertones, John Lee Hooker, and more....
Alice Cooper Interviewed by Joe Bonamassa on 'Live From Nerdville' Photo Alice Cooper Interviewed by Joe Bonamassa on 'Live From Nerdville'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 27, 2021

Furthering the conversation, Alice tells Joe how once David Bowie was going to do a tour where he played only new stuff and none of the hits. Alice exclaims “Are you crazy? That’s just a stupidest idea I have ever heard!” True story. You gotta give play the hits....
The Glorious Sons Share New Single 'Young King' Photo The Glorious Sons Share New Single 'Young King'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 27, 2021

The TGS Union presale begins on June 1 at 1pm ET, followed by the Spotify Fan First presale on June 2 at 10am local. The general public on sale is confirmed for June 4 at 10am local time....
Molly Tuttle & Madison Cunningham Release Live Performance Video of Sheryl Crow Cover Photo Molly Tuttle & Madison Cunningham Release Live Performance Video of Sheryl Crow Cover
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 27, 2021

The EP was heralded earlier in the month with the official music video for Tuttle's cover of Phantogram's 'You Don't Get Me High Anymore,' featuring Iron & Wine....
Dylan LeBlanc Announces 'Pastimes' Covers EP Photo Dylan LeBlanc Announces 'Pastimes' Covers EP
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 20, 2021

Now, the Muscle Shoals songwriter is taking a moment to pay homage to the artists who inspired his unique sound with the Pastimes EP, due out June 18 on ATO Records, a self-produced collection of six covers that LeBlanc says inspired him musically and spiritually. ...
The Glorious Sons Share New Single 'Daylight' Photo The Glorious Sons Share New Single 'Daylight'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 19, 2021

'Daylight' displays the unpredictable unmitigated kind of sonic catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity that offers an awakening to the mind and body and invites audiences to wholly experience the band’s palpable energy. Stay tuned for more new music and U.S. tour updates. ...
Des Rocs Announces Debut Headline Tour 'DES ROCS ALIVE' Photo Des Rocs Announces Debut Headline Tour 'DES ROCS ALIVE'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 18, 2021

Des Rocs Alive, a 20+ date debut headline tour that kicks off with Firefly Music Festival in September and concludes on November 4 with a hometown show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City....
The Lancasters Release New Single 'Goodnight' Photo The Lancasters Release New Single 'Goodnight'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 17, 2021

The rock trio delivers a heartfelt song, a melancholic, passionate and explosive poem for those who feel connected to someone special despite being far apart, something we all can relate to in these times....
Molly Tuttle Surprise Releases Covers EP Photo Molly Tuttle Surprise Releases Covers EP
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 14, 2021

Released last August to worldwide critical applause, …but i’d rather be with you collects 10 striking cover songs recorded during quarantine and produced with the help of Tony Berg....
Joe Bonamassa Interviews Peter Frampton on 50th Episode of 'Live From Nerdville' Photo Joe Bonamassa Interviews Peter Frampton on 50th Episode of 'Live From Nerdville'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 13, 2021

The convo begins with a discussion of labels versus indie, as the two go over the many pros and cons of both. After a slew of label conflicts in the early days, Frampton found success for his album ‘Come Alive’ with A&M, which at the time was the biggest independent label....
EMMI Shares Visualizer for Newest Single 'Drum' Photo EMMI Shares Visualizer for Newest Single 'Drum'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 13, 2021

Emmi’s early singles earned her early fans in the likes of Taylor Swift, Elton John, and BBC Radio 1’s Greg James. Two platinum selling features later she landed a movie role as a singing goblin in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them....
SUSTO Announces Live Album 'Rogue Acoustic' Photo SUSTO Announces Live Album 'Rogue Acoustic'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 12, 2021

SUSTO has made a name for themselves through frequent touring and performances at major U.S. festivals including Hangout, Austin City Limits, Stagecoach, AmericanaFest, Pickathon and Hopscotch....
The Revivalists' David Shaw Releases Debut Self-Titled Solo Album Photo The Revivalists' David Shaw Releases Debut Self-Titled Solo Album
by Sarah Jae Leiber - May 07, 2021

“From the beginning, the making of this album was all about self-exploration and the joys that come from leaning into my own inner compass and pushing myself in ways that I never had before,” shares Shaw....
The Revivalists' David Shaw Releases Music Video For 'Got Me Feeling Good' Photo The Revivalists' David Shaw Releases Music Video For 'Got Me Feeling Good'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - April 19, 2021

Platinum-selling singer, songwriter, musician, and producer David Shaw has released the official music video for his new single “Got Me Feeling Good” off his debut self-titled solo album....
Queen of Rock Tina Turner Takes Center Stage in Morrison Hotel Gallery's 'One Woman S Photo Queen of Rock Tina Turner Takes Center Stage in Morrison Hotel Gallery's 'One Woman Show'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - March 25, 2021

Turner’s story — lived in the glitz and glamor of the spotlight and highlighted in a new HBO documentary entitled Tina — involves blazing trails, overcoming immense struggle, and achieving stellar success....
7A Records Announces The Release Of A Brand New Solo Album By Micky Dolenz On May 21 Photo 7A Records Announces The Release Of A Brand New Solo Album By Micky Dolenz On May 21
by Alexa Criscitiello - March 19, 2021

The album is comprised of songs Michael Nesmith wrote throughout his career, all beautifully reimagined.  Produced by Nesmith's son, Christian Nesmith, this is the album Monkees fans have waited years to hear.  ...
Keith Urban & Mickey Guyton Will Host the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS Photo Keith Urban & Mickey Guyton Will Host the 56TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
by Sarah Jae Leiber - March 11, 2021

Urban returns for his second year after hosting the 55th ACM Awards in September, while this marks Guyton’s first time hosting the ACM Awards and the 29th time multiple hosts have taken the ACM Awards stage....
Des Rocs 'Pieces' Video Released Today Photo Des Rocs 'Pieces' Video Released Today
by Sarah Jae Leiber - March 11, 2021

The video was directed in Atlanta by production studio Rock and Egg, who remarked 'We love working with Des because he always brings such creative visual ideas to the table.'...
Chase Cohl Announces 'Dear Dear: Volume 1' EP Photo Chase Cohl Announces 'Dear Dear: Volume 1' EP
by Sarah Jae Leiber - March 09, 2021

Both the retro-fetishist video and all four-songs on the EP pay homage to ‘60s girl group legends such as The Ronettes, The Shirelles, Darlene Love and The Crystals....
David Shaw Releases Two New Singles 'Heavy Soul' and 'Shivers' Photo David Shaw Releases Two New Singles 'Heavy Soul' and 'Shivers'
by Sarah Jae Leiber - February 25, 2021

Shaw initially planted the seeds for his new solo songs as he toured behind The Revivalists’ 2018 acclaimed album Take Good Care, playing to sold-out venues and their biggest festival crowds to date (including opening for The Rolling Stones)....