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The Rolling Stones Biography

The Rolling Stones: the longest running act in the history of Rock music with an amzing 50-year career.
The band's first live performance was in London in the summer of 1962, at that time, the line-up consisted of vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and drummer Mick Avory.

In late 1962, Bill Wyman replaced Dick Taylor on bass.
The Stones quickly became one of the England's best cover bands, their first single, released in 1963, was the remake of Chuck Berry's "Come On".

One year later, in just 10 days, the group recorded their debut album, "England's Newest Hit Makers", which included "Tell Me" the first Jagger/Richards composition and "12 X 5" was issued a few months later, both the records entered The U.S. Pop Albums chart reaching the #11 and #3 spots, respectively. their second effort generated "It's All Over Now", their first U.K. #1 and the American top 10 hit single "Time Is On My Side".

The band's third release, "The Rolling Stones, Now!", included another British #1 cover-single, "Little Red Rooster".

In the summer of 1965 the Stones recorded the memorable "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" written by Jagger and Richards, it became #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and the album, "Out Of Our Heads", was their first #1 on The Official U.S. Pop Albums chart.

"December's Children (And Everybody's)" was issued that same year, the record reached the top 5 of the U.S. Albums chart while the single "Get Off Of My Cloud" shot to #1.

The next year, in February, the single "19th Nervous Breakdown" rose to #2 in U.S. then followed the sixth LP, "Aftermath", on which the group started to experiment with different instruments and all the tracks were written by Jagger/Richards. "Paint It Black" appeared on the U.S. edition of the album, released as a single it peaked at #1 on the Pop chart.

1967's "Between The Buttons" hit #2 on the U.S. Pop Albums chart, highlighted by "Let's Spend The Night Together" and "Ruby Tuesday", the latter was included only on the American edition of the album; in the States it topped the Pop Singles chart.

In February of 1967, Jagger and Richards were arrested for drug possession, that same year the group released two top 3 U.S. smash albums: "Flowers" and the highly experimental-psychedelic "Their Satanic Majesties Request".

In May of 1968 the Stones returned with the classic Blues-Rock single "Jumpin' Jack Flash" which peaked at #3 on the U.S. Pop chart and before the year's end issued a new studio-album: "Beggars Banquet", the record featured the revolutionary "Sympathy For The Devil".

On June 8 of 1969 Jones left the group, a few days later was announced that guitarist, Mick Taylor became his replacement. On July 3, Brian Jones was found dead in his swimming pool, in Sussex.

The group performed live at Hyde Park, in London, in memorial of the guitarist playing "Honky Tonk Women", the song was issued as a non-album single and became #1 on the Pop charts worldwide; by the fall of the year was released "Let It Bleed" which climbed into the top 3 of the Pop Albums chart in America.

A year later appeared the live-album "Get Yer Ya-Yas Out" that captured the Stones' energy on stage at Madison Square Garden of New York.

In the spring of 1971 the band scored great success with "Sticky Fingers", it contained the #1 hit single "Brown Sugar" which helped push the album to #1 on the U.S. Sales chart.

The subsequent release, the double-set "Exile On Main St.", also climbed to the top of the U.S. chart spawning the top 10 hit "Tumbling Dice" and the top 30 hit "Happy".

In late 1971 was released, "Jamming With Edward", recorded during sessions for 1969's "Let It Bleed" with Jagger, Wyman and Watts plus special guest musicians in the line-up.

In 1973 continued the series of #1 LPs with "Goats Head Soup", the album recorded in Jamaica contained the ballad "Angie" which shot to #1 on the U.S. Pop Singles chart and became one of their most successful single worldwide.

Also the next album, "It's Only Rock 'N Roll", was a huge success topping the American charts, but the two singles, "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "It's Only Rock 'N Roll (But I Like It)", missed the #1.

Taylor left the band in 1974 and the Stones began to work on their new album, "Black And Blue", with Ron Wood, former lead guitarist for The Faces, the record, which arrived two years later, reached the top in U.S. chart spawning the top 10 hit "Fool To Cry".

In February of 1977 Richards was arrested in Toronto, with his wife Anita Pallenberg for heroin possession. After he cleaned up, rejoined his bandmates for the 1978's effort "Some Girls", which was preceded by the dance-Rock 12-inch single "Miss You", the track rocketed to the #1 spot on U.S. Pop Sales chart and catapulted into the top 10 of The American Club Play Singles chart; the album also reached the #1 spot on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart.

Two years later the Stones returned, after Wood's third solo album, with "Emotional Rescue", another dance-influenced effort and another chart topper; the title-track became a top 10 hit in America.

"Start Me Up", the first single from the quadruple-platinum album "Tattoo You", was released in August of 1981, it peaked at #2 on The Pop Singles chart and hit #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart; the subsequent singles, "Hang Fire", "Waiting On A Friend" and "Little T & A" helped "Tattoo You" spent nine weeks at #1 in the States acclaimed by critics and fans alike. The group supported the album with a series of mega live-shows that saw them astride a colossal stadium-stage, complete with hydraulic platforms.

The next year, The Rolling Stones, issued a live album which captured their live performance during the 1981's American shows, the single "Going To A Go-Go" hit #5 on The Mainstream Rock chart.

The year 1982 saw the band head into the studio to record "Undercover" which was preceded by the single "Undercover Of The Night", the track made it to the #2 niche on The Mainstream Rock chart and bulleted into the top 10 of The Billboard Hot 100; the album missed the #1 in chart, because emerged a conflict between Jagger and Richards, in fact this album was never supported by a tour, the second single, "Too Much Blood", missed all the U.S. charts.

Mick Jagger issued his first solo album, "She's The Boss", in early 1985 and subsequently began working on a new album with the Stones. "Dirty Work" came out the following year peaking at #4 on The Billboard 200 chart, the group's cover of "Harlem Shuffle" climbed into the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100. The album spawned two more Rock radio charting singles: "One Hit (To The Body)" and "Winning Ugly".

Over the next two years, Jagger recorded his second solo effort and Keith Richards decided to make his own solo record releasing "Talk Is Cheap" in September of 1988.

The Rolling Stones get back together again before the year's end, "Steel Wheels" was eventually released the next summer and quickly ascended into the top 3 of The Billboard 200 Albums chart; it generated "Mixed Emotions", which entered the top 5 of The Billboard Hot 100 and three #1s Mainstream Rock hit single: "Rock And A Hard Place", "Almost Hear You Sigh" and "Highwire". This album was supported by a world tour that saw the Stones in Japan for the first time with 10 sold-out shows at Tokyo's Korakuen Dome, playing to 50,000 a night, the tour continued in Europe with 115 shows to over six million people.
Shortly after the release of the live-set "Flashpoint", in April 1991, the band's members has began working in various solo projects, finally Bill Wyman officially announced that he was quitting the band.

The Rolling Stones returned to action with bassist Darryl Jones, in 1994 releasing "Voodoo Lounge", it crested at the #2 spot on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, spawning two Mainstream Rock top 3 hits: "Love Is Strong" and "You Got Me Rocking". "Voodoo Lounge" won them their first Grammy Award for Best Rock Album.

The live album "Stripped" was issued the next year; it contained the cover of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" recorded in Montpellier; this single peaked at #16 on Mainstream Rock chart.

In September of 1997 the Stones released a new studio album entitled "Bridges To Babylon", it climbed into the top 3 of The Billboard 200, "Anybody Seen My Baby?" rose to #3 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks and was followed by the top 20 hit "Flip The Switch".

The Rolling Stones returned with new material five years later, the superb compilation "Forty Licks" contained four new songs including the first single, "Don't Stop", that stopped just short of the Active Rock top 20; the collection peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Released in September 2005, "A Bigger Bang", their first new album in eight years, debuted at #2 in U.K. and #3 on the American Billboard 200 chart. The disc contained the U.K. top 20 hit single "Streets Of Love" and two U.S. Active Rock top 40 hits: "Rough Justice" and "Oh No, Not You Again".

The band's classic album "Exile On Main St." get the well-deserved remastering and repackaging treatment in 2010, the deluxe edition contained "Plundered My Soul", a previously unreleased track which sneaked into the Active Rock top 50.

The Rolling Stones commemorated their 50th anniversary with the career spanning hits three-CD set "Grrr!"; released in November 2012 "Grrr!" included two new singles: "Doom And Gloom", which broke into the top 30 of The Rock Songs chart and "One More Shot".


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    The band line-up 1965
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    The Rolling Stones 1977