The Rolling Stones are a highly acclaimed veteran British blues-based rock band led by the charismatic Mick Jagger. They took their band name from a song by one of their major influences, Muddy Waters. They were one of the foremost British Invasion acts of the early-mid 1960s and were dubbed "the world's greatest rock and roll band" at the height of their fame during the late 1960s-early 1970s. The Stones have released numerous recordings over the years to well into the 21st century, and they continue to tour actively with a huge following, filling stadiums around the world.
Formed in 1962 in London, the original lineup consisted of Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, backing vocals), Charlie Watts (drums), Bill Wyman (bass), Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart (July 18, 1938 - December 12, 1985) was removed from the official lineup in 1963 but continued on as a touring member until his passing. Jones (February 28, 1942 – July 3, 1969) left in 1969 shortly before his passing and was replaced by Mick Taylor who remained until 1974. Ronnie Wood took Taylor's place in 1975 and has remained with the band ever since. After Wyman left in 1993, the official lineup has consisted of Jagger, Richards, Watts, and Wood, along with a number of ever-changing touring members.
The Rolling Stones made their debut on the U.S. charts in 1964 with their Bo Diddley-sounding cover of the rockabilly song, "Not Fade Away." Several other covers of well known early rock and roll/R&B songs followed during the early 1960s that also included "Time Is On My Side" (1964) and their rip-roaring version of "It's All Over Now" (1964). The Rolling Stones began their long string of Jagger/Richards-penned hits in 1964 with the pop ballad, "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)," and the band's fame began to gather stream in early 1965 with "The Last Time," a Top 10 hit which became the first Jagger/Richards song to top the U.K. charts.
The Rolling Stones' international fame skyrocketed in the summer of 1965 with their breakthrough song, the snarling fuzz guitar riff-driven "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in the U.S., the U.K., and several other countries. This quintessential rock classic was followed by a long string of other chart-toppers: "Get Off Of My Cloud" (1965), "19th Nervous Breakdown" (1966), "Paint It, Black" (1966), "Ruby Tuesday" (1967), "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1968), "Honky Tonk Women" (1969), "Brown Sugar" (1971), "Angie" (1973), "Miss You" (1978), and "Start Me Up" (1981). Other era-defining Stones favorites also include "As Tears Go By" (1965), "Mother's Little Helper" (1966), "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?" (1966), and "Let's Spend The Night Together" (1967).
The Rolling Stones' numerous honors and accolades include being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. They are ranked at #4 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." The band has received multiple awards that include two Grammys and the Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986. The albums, "Beggars Banquet" (1968), "Let It Bleed" (1969), "Sticky Fingers" (1971), and "Exile On Main St." (1972), the singles, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Honky Tonk Women," were all inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. In addition, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.
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The Rolling Stones perform "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on The Ed Sullivan Show (February 13, 1966).
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- 19th Nervous Breakdown 1966
- Ain't Too Proud To Beg 1974
(This song was previously a hit for the Temptations (1966) and later also became a hit for Rick Astley (1989).)
- Angie 1973
(This ballad about the ending of a romance topped the charts.)
- As Tears Go By 1965
("As Tears Go By" was originally included on the Rolling Stones' 1964 album, "Stone Age." Before the Stones had a hit with this song in 1965, it was given to Marianne Faithfull (then Mick Jagger's girlfriend) who had a hit with it in both the U.K. and the U.S. (in 1964).)
- Brown Sugar 1971
(This song, which topped the charts, deals with such controversial topics as slavery and certain taboo sex acts. It is included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.)
- Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) 1974
- Get Off Of My Cloud 1965
(This song topped the charts.)
- Happy 1972
- Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow? 1966
- Heart Of Stone 1965
- Honky Tonk Women 1969
(This song, which topped the charts, is included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)
- It's All Over Now 1964
(This song also became a hit for the Valentinos (1964).)
- It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It) 1974
- Jumpin' Jack Flash 1968
(This song later also became a hit for Johnny Winter (1971) and Aretha Franklin (1986).)
- Lady Jane 1966
(The Elizabethan-inspired lyrics and delicate instrumental arrangement, which makes use of a dulcimer and harpsichord, give this melodious ballad a refined and almost prim and proper air.)
- The Last Time 1965
- Mother's Little Helper 1966
- Paint It, Black 1966
(This exotic-sounding song, which makes use of a sitar, topped the charts. "Paint It, Black" is included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.)
- Ruby Tuesday 1967
(This song topped the charts and later also became a hit for Melanie (1971). "Ruby Tuesday" is one of many Rolling Stones' song included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Also, as it turns out, the well-known restaurant chain of the same name was in fact named after this song.)
- (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1965
(With its famous snarling guitar riff, the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," which topped the charts in 1965, is still one of the most popular rock songs of all time. This song later also became a hit for Otis Redding (1966) and Vanilla Ice (1991).)
- She's A Rainbow 1967
- Tell Me (You're Coming Back) 1964
- Time Is On My Side 1964
- Tumbling Dice 1972
(This song later also became a hit for Linda Ronstadt (1978).)
- Wild Horses 1971
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