- Rolling Stones
(also infml The Stones)
a British pop group formed in 1962. Its original members were Mick Jagger, Brian Jones (1941–69) and Keith Richard (later Richards) (1943– ), who were later joined by Bill Wyman (1936– ) and Charlie Watts (1941– ). Their music was influenced by US blues and their most successful early records were (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965) and Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1968), with albums including Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main Street (1972). They were known for their noisy and aggressive performances, and they shocked many people by behaving badly in public and taking drugs. Brian Jones died when he accidentally drowned while under the influence of drugs in 1969. His place in the group was taken by Mick Taylor (1948– ), who was later replaced by Ron Wood (1942– ). The group still play together and make records. Their later albums include Voodoo Lounge (1994) and Bridges to Babylon (1997).
* * *British musical group.Its original members were Mick Jagger (b. 1943), Keith Richards (b. 1943), Brian Jones (1944–69), Bill Wyman (b. 1936), and Charlie Watts (b. 1941). The band was formed in 1962 when Jagger, Richards, and Jones, who had been performing sporadically in a blues band, recruited Wyman and formed their own group. Watts joined the band in 1963. Jagger was the lead vocalist, while Jones and Richards played guitars, Wyman played bass, and Watts played drums. The band's name was adopted from a Muddy Waters song. By 1966 a series of outstanding songs had made the band second in popularity only to the Beatles. Jagger and Richards wrote most of its songs, which are marked by a driving backbeat, biting and satirical lyrics, and simple but expressive instrumental accompaniments. The group reached the height of its popularity with albums such as Beggar's Banquet (1968) and Exile on Main Street (1972). Jones was succeeded by Mick Taylor (b. 1948) in 1969, who was replaced in turn by Ron Wood (b. 1947) in 1976. They continued to perform long after the other classic rock bands of the 1960s disbanded.
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