The Rolling Stones Biography

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The Rolling StonesThe Rolling Stones were known as one of the more popular English musical group that helped spearhead the British Invasion of UK based rock and roll bands in the early 1960s. They are probably known as the most enduring rock and roll band in history with a musical career that spanned over four decades and still going strong.

During their 1969 American tour, the Rolling Stones were introduced and since then was being referred to as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World." As one of the longest running and most successful acts in show business, the Rolling Stones were able to outgross any other act in the years that they go on their concert tour.

The Rolling Stones have been fortunate enough to place their every album of primarily new studio material in the top 5 of the rock and roll charts in the US. In 1989, with all their achievements and incredible run as a rock and roll band, the Rolling Stones were honored as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine rated them as number four in their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

For more than forty years Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and drummer Charlie Watts gave life to the Rolling Stones along with Ronnie Wood who joined them in 1976. The Stones were originally developed as an R&B and Rock n’ Roll outfit that recorded mostly ballads on their first album.

Later on, they took up country blues, country music, psychedelia, and reggae as part of their repertoir of songs and music influences. It was the tandem of lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards who usually wrote most of the band’s songs which included several number one songs. The Rolling Stones’ remarkable list of chart topping songs continued well until the early eighties, evidence of their amazing musicianship and talent. Even the band’s enduring image of unkempt and surly youth is one that most musicians today try to imitate.

It was guitarist and harmonica player Brian Jones who formed The Rolling Stones back in 1962. Jones acted as the band leader who prepared the set lists and promoted the band. Jones invited vocalist Mick Jagger into the first rehearsal, who brought his former schoolmate Keith Richards with him to the audition. Both were fortunately chosen to be part of the new band.

In the beginning, Jones intended the Rolling Stones to be an R&B band. But Jagger and Richards brought into the mold of the band the rock n’ roll influences of Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. And because of this, some of the other early band members who objected to playing rock n’ roll songs left before the band was ever to play its first official gig. It was during this time that Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts were able to join the Stones in January 1963.

When the Beatles disbanded in the 70’s, the title of "World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band" went to the Rolling Stones hands down. It was during this time that the Stones were in the middle of experiencing a wondrous creative peak. It was believed that that they might have challenged the Fab Four for the title anyway if they never disbanded when they did. It’s a title the Stones haven’t relinquished yet.

Not only have they remained as the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world for more than 30 years. not only that, the Stones have been a functioning rock ‘n’ roll unit for more than 40 years and still counting. This is probably the longest run for a rock in roll band in all of history. And their appeal to their music loving fans have never wavered.

In the 1990’s, the Rolling Stones were able to take in a staggering $750 million from their three worldwide tours. the original members may be craggy and gaunt 60 years old rockers, but the magic and intensity of their performances on stage have never changed. They were and still are the hard pounding and exciting rock n’roll band that their fans look forward to on each of their concerts. The energy and the passion that they put at every show befits their title as the greatest rock n’ roll band in the world.

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