Originally billed as the Rollin Stones, the first line-up of this immemorial English 60s unit was a nucleus of Mick Jagger (Michael Philip Jagger, 26 July 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; vocals), Keith Richards (b. 18 December 1943, Dartford, Kent, England; guitar), Brian Jones (b. Lewis Brian Hopkin-Jones, 28 February 1942, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, d. 3 July 1969, Hartfield, Sussex, England; rhythm guitar) and Ian Stewart (b. 18 July 1938, Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland, d. 12 December 1985; piano).
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were primary school friends who resumed their camaraderie in their closing teenage years after finding they had a mutual love for R&B and particularly the music of Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Initially, they were teamed with bass player Dick Taylor (b. Richard Clifford Taylor, 28 January 1943, Dartford, Kent, England, later of the Pretty Things) and before long their ranks extended to...
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