The Rolling Stones – Biography
The Rolling Stones, comprised of Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Ian Stewart on the piano, Mick Jagger the lead vocalist and harmonica, Keith Richards playing the guitar and vocals, Bill Wyman with the bass and Charlie Watts on the drums. These Englishmen started the band in London in 1962.
The band played and recorded a number of successful hits in the United Kingdom. Their first single, a cover version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On” was released on 7 June 1963, The song rose to No.21 on the UK singles charts. Buoyed by this initial success, The Rolling Stones gained entrée to perform outside London, with an initial booking at the Outlook Club in Middlesbrough on 13 July where they shared billings with The Hollies.
Later, the Rolling Stones performed their first big UK concert tour as a supporting act for American stars including Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers. While on tour, the Rolling Stones recorded their second single entitled “I Wanna Be Your Man” a number written by Lennon and McCartney of The Beatles fame. The single again made it to No.12 in the UK charts.
Soon after, in February 1964, the recorded their third single, “Not Fade Away” written by Buddy Holly. The single did much better to reach number 3 in the charts.
After making it big in the UK, The Rolling Stones ventured into the US market in June 1964. The band quickly rose to fame in North America, eventually releasing 24 studio albums and 12 live albums in the Unites States.
They were ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums
The Rolling Stones inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and they were accorded with the title of the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band.”