Rolling Stones

The Stones

Lead singer, songwriter Michael Philip Jagger was born on July 26, 1943; Guitarist, songwriter Keith Richards was born on December 18, 1943; Drummer Charles Robert Watts was born on June 2, 1941; Bassist William George Perks (Bill Wyman) was born on October 24, 1936, together they would be known as members of “The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World,” the Rolling Stones.

Influenced by American Rhythm & Blues music, the band was formed in London, England in early 1963 and were on the U.S. charts a year later with “Not Fade Away,” “It’s All Over Now” and a top ten hit, “Time Is On My Side.”

Among their top ten hits were, “The Last Time,” “As Tears Go By,” “19th Nervous Breakdown,” “Paint it Black,” “Mothers Little Helper,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Beast of Burden,”  “Start Me Up,” “Harlem Shuffle” and “Mixed Emotions”.

“I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” was their first #1 in 1965. It was followed by “Get Off My Cloud” and “Paint It Black” in 1966, “Ruby Tuesday” in 1967, “Honky Tonk Woman” in 1969, “Brown Sugar” in 71’, “Angie” in 1973 and chart topper “Miss You” in 1978.

Almost all Rolling Stones hits were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. As one of the most successful bands in show business, they continue to record and are one of the highest grossing concert acts on tour year after year. In 2005, the Stones set a record of $162 million gross receipts, breaking the previous North American mark also set by the Stones in 1994. Recently the band played to a massive crowd of 1.5 million fans on the beach at Rio de Janeiro.

At 60 years of age, Mick Jagger became a “Sir” after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to popular music”.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2009.