Every millennial who claims to be a rock fan knows or has heard of the Rolling Stones. Any budding rock musician wants to be them. So, who are the Rolling Stones?? The Rolling Stones, or simply known as the Stones, are a legend. They are the longest performing and lasting band of all times as well as considered to be the world’s greatest rock and roll band.
Five ordinary guys came together roughly 54 years ago in London and formed one of the greatest rock n’ roll bands musical history has ever known. The most interesting part is that, ten years prior, two of the band members —Mick Jagger and Keith Richards — had met in primary school. It was much later in 1960, when the two met and bonded over their undying love of American RnB and the blues. This connection was cemented by having a mutual friend — guitarist Dick Taylor. Mick Jagger and Dick Taylor were already in a band called the Blues Boys, which soon enough, Keith Richards joined. A different blues band, Alexis Kroner’s Blues Incorporated, had already made it into the blues scene and had served as an experience ground for future Stones member Brian Jones. Later on, Jones got to form his own band with drummer Charlie Watts, the Blues Inc. Band. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger began to jam with Brian Jones, in a side project which led to Jagger being featured as the lead singer ofBlues Inc.
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In a different side project, there was Mick Jagger, Brian jones, Keith Richards, and drummer, Tony Chapman jamming so hard they made a mixtape together and sent it to EMI records, which unfortunately for them got their demo tape rejected. Dick Taylor also leaves to go to the Royal College of Art and things get a little confusing for the band. The remaining guys decide to officially form a band and name it The Rolling Stones in honor of a Muddy Waters song.
The Rolling Stones got to play their first show at the Marquee on 12th July 1962. The members of this version of The Rolling Stones were: Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Dick Taylor —who had come back from college — and Mick Avory who was on drums. Mick Avory and Dick Taylor were replaced by Tony Chapman and Bill Wyman which made things a little confusing for the band again. Soon after, Chapman was again replaced by Charlie Watts. The Rolling Stones had an eight month residency at The Crawdaddy Club where they experienced much success.
Andrew Oldham, their new manager, took complete advantage of another extremely famous band — The Beatles —and marketed the Rolling Stones as The Beatles’ complete opposite. This marketing gimmick totally worked in their favor as their first single titled “Come On” reached number 21 on the British music chart. “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which was their second single, was written by their “nemesis” Paul McCartney and John Lennon. But it made it all the way to the top 15 of the British music charts.
A remake of Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away” was their third single and was released a month after their second in January of 1964. Their third single was an even bigger hit, which ironically made it to number 3 on the British music charts and crossed over to the United States and made it to number 48! The Rolling Stones were officially a Brit sensation and were rocking the charts. In April of the same year, they released their first album. Shortly after, they went on their first American tour, which was an automatic success. Their first number one hit came with the cover of “It’s All Over Now”. The Stones continued to release music with the “Five by Five” EP that they had recorded in Chicago. Describing the Rolling Stones as “popular” is a great understatement. When the U.S. banned one of their songs — “Little Red Rooster” it led to riots! Not many bands can manage to do that. They continued producing the magic that was their music with hit after hit, and as they say, the rest was history as The Rolling Stones band was on full swing as the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band.
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