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The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are one of the most iconic and enduring rock bands in music history.
Their history is rich and fascinating, spanning over six decades. Here's a detailed history of the band:
Formation and Early Years (1962-1964):
- The Rolling Stones were formed in London, England in 1962. The original lineup consisted of Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Brian Jones (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano), Charlie Watts (drums), and Bill Wyman (bass).
- The band took their name from a Muddy Waters song, "Rollin' Stone," demonstrating their deep blues influences.
- They started performing in small London clubs and quickly gained a reputation for their high-energy live performances and bluesy sound.
- Their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's "Come On," was released in 1963, and it marked the beginning of their recording career.
Rise to Fame and British Invasion (1964-1966):
- In 1964, the band released their eponymous debut album, which included tracks like "Not Fade Away" and "Route 66." It was a commercial success, and they began to gain recognition in the United Kingdom and the United States.
- The Stones' second album, "12 x 5" (1964), included the hit single "Time Is on My Side."
- The band's third album, "Out of Our Heads" (1965), marked a turning point in their career with hits like "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Get Off of My Cloud."
- The Stones' explosive performances and their rivalry with The Beatles fueled the British Invasion of the U.S. music scene.
Experimental Phase and Changing Lineup (1967-1969):
- The late 1960s saw the band delve into experimentation, incorporating psychedelia and other genres into their music. "Their Satanic Majesties Request" (1967) and "Beggars Banquet" (1968) were notable albums from this period.
- Brian Jones, one of the band's founding members, struggled with personal issues, including drug addiction, and was eventually asked to leave the band in 1969. Tragically, he died shortly thereafter.
- Mick Taylor, a talented guitarist, replaced Jones, and his addition to the lineup brought a new dimension to the Stones' sound.
Golden Era and Iconic Albums (1970-1980):
- The 1970s marked a prolific period for The Rolling Stones. They released a series of critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums, including "Sticky Fingers" (1971), "Exile on Main St." (1972), "Goats Head Soup" (1973), and "Some Girls" (1978).
- Hits like "Brown Sugar," "Angie," "Miss You," and "Start Me Up" solidified their status as rock legends.
Struggles and Comeback (1980s-1990s):
- The 1980s were a tumultuous time for the band. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had public feuds, and their music faced mixed reviews. However, they managed to rebound with the album "Tattoo You" (1981), featuring the hit "Start Me Up."
- The Stones continued to tour extensively, setting records for some of the highest-grossing concert tours in history.
Enduring Legacy (2000s-Present):
- The Rolling Stones continued to perform and record into the 21st century. Their 2005-2007 "A Bigger Bang Tour" became the highest-grossing concert tour at the time.
- In 2019, they released the compilation album "Honk" and embarked on the "No Filter Tour."
- Despite their age, the band's members remained active, and their influence on rock and roll, blues, and popular music remained undiminished.
The Rolling Stones' career has been marked by numerous ups and downs, but their influence on the world of rock music is immeasurable. Their longevity, powerful live performances, and iconic discography have solidified their place as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, and they continue to be an enduring symbol of rock 'n' roll rebellion.