The Rolling Stones - Songs


The Rolling Stones are a highly acclaimed veteran English 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).

Available on the following DVDs: Rock n' Roll Classics - 7 DVD Set; The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show Vol. 1; Ed Sullivan Presents - Rock n' Roll Revolution; (more)


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