There's no denying that The Rolling Stones are one of classic rock's hardest working, most prolific and most successful bands. They have been in uninterrupted business since 1962, and still sell out concerts within minutes of tickets going on sale. Although success came fairly quickly to the self-proclaimed bad boys of the British Invasion, the road from year 1 to year 50 hasn't always been smooth.
The Rolling Stones career milestones
It was in April of 1962 that childhood pals Mick Jagger and Keith Richards formed a band they called The Rollin' Stones, along with Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Tony Chapman and Dick Taylor. That was the first of a long string of milestones in the career of this classic rock institution.
The Rolling Stones discography
The Rolling Stones may not have had "overnight success" but barely two years after they formed, they had two hit singles and a debut album that reached #1. There have been many more since.
The Glimmer Twins
The Rolling Stones' recording career began with a repertoire consisting of covers of well known blues songs, but that didn't last long. Beginning with their second album, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger began writing original songs, and since then, virtually all of the band's many iconic standards have been Jagger/Richards compositions. They dubbed themselves The Glimmer Twins when they took on the additional role of producing the band's albums. Although their relationship (which began in 1957 when they were youngsters) has often been stormy, they have been the backbone of the band since the beginning.
Where should you go to find The Rolling Stones? For starters, try albums and singles (CD and LP) or videos (DVD and Blu-ray) or documentaries or books ... to name a few.
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Keith Richards has always seemed to be larger than life whether he is performing with the Stones or not. He has appeared in two of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies as the father of pirate Jack Sparrow, the character whose portrayal actor Johnny Depp modeled after Richards. During the '70s both Richards and Jagger became deeply immersed in the prototypical sex-drugs-rock 'n roll lifestyle, Richards perhaps being the more flamboyant of the two in flaunting it. Well into the 21st century, he was still trying to shake off the image he seemed so bent on creating for himself back then.