The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stonesare a blues, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll band from England and became popular back in the 1960's. The group was formed in London in 1962, by Brian Jones (original leader). It was eventually led by Mick Jagger and guitarist, Keith Richards. The rest of the lineup was Ian Stewart on the piano, Charlie Watts as the drummer, and bass player, Bill Wyman. Many young groups still follow in the footsteps of this group. Brian Jones died a little while after he was fired from the band. He was replaced by Mick Taylor. Then Taylor quit in 1974 and he was replaced with Ron Wood. Wyman retired in 1993 and was replaced with Darryl Jones. The Rolling Stones have released 55 albums of their own work as well as compilations. They have had 32 U. S. And U. K. Top 10 singles. Over 200 million of their albums have been sold. In 1971 they had a string of 8 consecutive albums which went to number one on the charts in the United States. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. In 2004 they were ranked as number 4 in the Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2005 they released their latest album, A Bigger bang, which they promoted on a tour which lasted clear through late summer in 2007.
Muck Jagger and Keith Richards met while they were in school in 1951. They both went to different schools but met up again in 1960. The group played their first gig in London, in 1962, at the Marquee Club. George Harrison, of the Beatles, convinced Dick Rowe of Decca records, into signing The rolling stones to a contract.
The group was bugged by the authorities because of illegal drug use. Richards continued the use of the drugs until the late seventies. In 1967, the Sussex police raided a party at Keith Richards home. Jagger and Richards were both charged with drug offenses. This shook the two back into reality and they realized they needed to straighten up and fly right or their career would be short lived.
After 30 years, the group performed again at the Isle of Wight Festival. A crowd of 50,000 people were in attendance. On August, 2007, they performed their last part of their, A Bigger Bang Tour. Mick Jagger plans on releasing a compilation of his solo songs plus some new songs, called The Very best Of Mick Jagger, on October 2, 2007. There is also a new tour planned for 2008.
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