Between 1963 and today, The Rolling Stones have released:
- 107 singles
- 57 music videos
- 30 compilation albums
- 29 studio albums (including separate US and UK releases)
- 16 video albums
- 12 live albums
- 5 box sets
- 3 EPs
Here's a chronological account of milestones in the Stones' career to date.
1950 - 1963: The Beginning and Before
After not having seen one another for several years, Jagger and Richards meet by chance at a train station near London as both were on their way to classes at their respective colleges.
Guitarist/vocalist Richards and vocalist Jagger form a band with guitarist Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, drummer Tony Chapman and bassist Dick Taylor.
July 12, 1962:
The Rollin' Stones play their first gig, at London's Marquee Club.
Bassist Bill Wyman joins the band.
Charlie Watts signs on as drummer.
June 7, 1963:
The band (with the tweaked name The Rolling Stones) release their first single, "Come On" (a Chuck Berry cover.)
July 13, 1963:
As a result of the success of the single (#21 on the UK singles chart) the band get their first booking outside London, sharing the bill with The Hollies at a club in Middlesbrough, England.
The Stones go on a full UK tour, opening for Little Richard, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers, and release their second single -- a John Lennon - Paul McCartney cover, "I Wanna Be Your Man" -- which reaches #12
1964: Stones Conquer America
Their third single, a cover of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" is released and goes to #3 on the chart.
The first Rolling Stones album, England's Newest Hitmakers is released, reaching #11 on the Billboard album chart in the US.
The band launch the first of two US tours, during and between which they also appear on network TYV shows like The Ed Sullivan Show and The Hollywood Palace, and release their second album (a US-only release) 12 X 5.
The first single with both songs written by Richards and Jagger, "Heart of Stone"/"What a Shame" is released.
1965: Stones Conquer the Rest of the World
The Stones release their next album (titled The Rolling Stones, Now! in the US and The Rolling Stones No. 2 in the UK) and release what will become their first UK #1 single, "The Last Time."
The band's first worldwide #1 hit "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is released.
Out of Our Heads is released.
December's Children (And Everybody's) is released. All of 1965's album releases chart in the Top 5 in the US.
Throughout 1965, the band toured Ireland, the Far East, the UK, Europe and North America.
1966-1969: Will Success Spoil The Stones?
The first album made up entirely of Jagger/Richards compositions, Aftermath is released (US release followed in June.)
First live album, Got Live If You Want It! is released.
During 1966, concert tours included Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and the UK.
Between the Buttons is released in the UK (US release followed in February.)
March - April 1967: The Stones tour Europe.
The first Stones album produced entirely by the Stones themselves, Their Satanic Majesties Request is released.
At various times during 1967 Jagger, Richards and Jones were arrested and tried on drug charges, but the charges were eventually reduced or dismissed
Beggar's Banquet is released, and The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is filmed (but isn't released until 1996.)
Jones, whose drug problems had begun to affect his ability to perform, drowned in his swimming pool. A memorial concert a few days later marked the first appearance of Jones' replacement, Mick Taylor.
November - December 1969: Live performances included 23-date US concert tour and one festival appearance.
Let It Bleed is released.
1970-1979: More Stones Milestones
Their second live album, Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert is released, peaks at #1 during 16 weeks on the US album charts.
August - October 1970
Their 1970 tour includes 22 European shows.
When their contract with Decca Records ended in 1970, the Stones created their own label, Rolling Stones Records, primarily as a vehicle for individual band members to record solo albums.
The Stones play 17 live shows in the UK.
The first album on their own label, Sticky Fingers is released.
Exile on Main Street is released.
June - July 1972:
A highly publicized North American tour consists of 50 shows. Two concert films were shot during the tour: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones was released two years later, Cocksucker Blues was never officially released.
January - February 1973:
Four live shows in the US and 10 in Australia and New Zealand. Another five in Japan are cancelled when they can't get visas due to past drug convictions.
Goats Head Soup is released.
It's Only Rock 'n Roll is released.
Mick Taylor leaves the band, expressing frustration at not having received songwriting credits he felt he deserved.
Although still a member of Faces, Ronnie Wood replaces Taylor for the band's 1975 tour and recording sessions. Faces broke up in December and Wood become a permanent member of the Stones in February 1976.
June - August 1975:
The band tours 27 cities in North America.
Black and Blue is released.
April - June 1976:
European tour, 25 cities.
Their third live album, Love You Live is released. June 1978:
Some Girls is released.
June - July 1978:
Back in the US for 24 live shows.
1980-1989: Stones Weather Storms
After several years of averaging an album a year and a tour a year, the decade of the '80s brought five new studio albums and one live album, and three tours.
Emotional Rescue is released.
Tattoo You is released.
September - December 1981:
The Rolling Stones American Tour brings 51 live shows to the US.
The live album, "Still Life" (American Concert 1981) is released.
May - July 1982:
The Stones celebrate their 20th anniversary with a 35 show European tour.
Undercover is released.
Founding member, pianist-turned-road manager Ian Stewart dies of a heart attack.
Dirty Work is released.
The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Steel Wheels is released.
August 1989 - August 1990:
The Stones toured for a year (115 shows) in the US, Japan and Europe. Following the tour, Bill Wyman decided to leave the band, although this wouldn't be officially announced until 1993.
Throughout the '80s, the relationship between Jagger and Richards deteriorated to the point that at times Jagger was spending more time doing solo work than with the Stones and there was even talk that the band might break up.
1990-1999: Stones on the Road
During the '90s, the Stones released more live albums (four) than studio albums (two) and spent the equivalent of almost three years (30+ months) on tour.
Flashpoint (live album) is released.
Bill Wyman's retirement two years earlier is publicly announced. Darryl Jones is picked to replaced him.
Voodoo Lounge is released.
August 1994 - August 1995:
The Stones played 129 shows in 27 countries on the Voodoo Lounge Tour.
The Stones become the first major artists to stream a concert on the Internet.
Live album, Stripped is released.
The concert film, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is released, almost 30 years after it was filmed.
Bridges to Babylon is released.
September 1997 - June 1999:
The Bridges of Babylon Tour includes 108 shows in North and South America, Europe and Japan.
No Security, a live concert album from the Bridges of Babylon Tour is released.
January - April 1999:
The Stones were promoting both the live album, No Security and the studio album, Bridges to Babylon during a 34 show North American tour.
2000-present: 21st Century Stones
September 2002 - November 2003:
The Licks Tour reaches North America, Australia, Asia and Europe with 117 shows.
Double live album, Live Licks is released.
Their 24th studio album, A Bigger Bang is released.
August 2005 - August 2007:
146 shows in more than two dozen countries on the Bigger Bang tour.
Shine a Light, their 10th live album is released.
Brussels Affair (Live 1973) is released.
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas '78 is released.
The 50th anniversary of band's first public performance. They celebrate with a 50th anniversary tour.
The Stones, Then and Now
By classic rock band standards, The Rolling Stones lineup has remained relatively stable.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards stand as the only founding members who are still with the band (in spite of their many differences over the years) 50 years later.
Charlie Watts, who joined in 1963 is still drumming, and Ronnie Wood has been on guitar since 1975.
Bassist Bill Wyman joined the band in 1962 and remained until 1993. Guitarist Mick Taylor joined in 1969 and left in 1974.
Keyboardist Chuck Leavell joined in 1982, and the newest member of the band, bassist Darryl Jones came on board in 1993.
As for the other original members:
- Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool in July 1969.
- Ian Stewart was fired as pianist in May 1963 but remained with the band as road manager and occasional pianist until his death in 1985.
- Tony Chapman, the band's first drummer, left in January 1963 and formed the band The Preachers with Peter Frampton, both of whom later joined The Herd.
- Dick Taylor was bassist from April to December 1962 when he left to attend art school. In 1963 he formed the band, The Pretty Things.