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The Rolling Stones (formed 1962) The Rolling Stones are an English rock band famous for songs such as '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', 'Paint It Black' and 'Angie'. They are made up of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts.

Formation: The Rolling Stones formed when old friends Keith Richards and Mick Jagger decided to get together musically, before later meeting Brian Jones playing guitar with Blues Incorporated. The full line-up in 1962 became Jagger, Jones, Richards, pianist Ian Stewart, guitarist Mick Taylor and drummer Tony Chapman. Keith Richards has said that Jones came up with the band name when Jazz News called them up and asked, whereby he spotted a Muddy Waters album nearby with the track 'Rollin' Stone'.

Musical career: The band, as Jagger, Richards, Jones, Stewart and bassist Dick Taylor, played their first gig at the Marquee Club in London in 1962 performing songs from artists such as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Bassist Bill Wyman later joined, along with drummer Charlie Watts in 1963 making the line-up: Brian Jones on guita, Ian Stewart on piano, Mick Jagger on vocals, Keith Richards on guitar and vocals, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.

Their first official manager was Andrew Loog Oldham who re-dubbed them as the Rolling Stones and dropped Stewart from the line-up. He often promoted the band as a 'nasty version of The Beatles'. The signed with Decca Records who allowed them to use other recording studios and thus they recorded their first album at Regent Sound Studios.

Their first single in 1963 was a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On' which they never played live despite it reaching number 21 on the UK singles charts. Their first UK concert tour was supporting Bo Diddley, Little Richard and The Everly Brothers. At the same time, they released second single Lennon and McCartney's 'I Wanna Be Your Man' which reached number 12 and third single Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away' reached number 3. Their first number 1 hit in the UK was a cover of Bobby and Shirley Womack's 'It's All Over Now'.

In 1965, they released second album 'The Rolling Stones No. 2' which reached number 1 in the UK and number 5 in the US. Their first original composition to reach number 1 was 'The Last Time' in the same year. Their first international number 1 hit was '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' which spent four weeks at the top of the charts in the US. Their album 'Aftermath' reached number 1 in the UK and number 2 in the US and was the first to be entirely original songs.

In 1967, they were alleged as drug users in the News of the World when they accused Mick Jagger of taking Benzedrine tablets and possessing hashish. It was in fact Brian Jones. Keith Richards' home was later raided by the police after a tip off but no arrests were made until later when he and Jagger were charged with drug offences. Jones house was also later raided and he was charged with cannabis possession. Jagger was sentenced to 3 months in prison for possession of amphetamine but it was reduced to a conditional discharge while Richards' 1 year sentence for allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property was overturned.

Jones was fined £1000 and put on 3years' probation. The thank fans for their support, the band released the single 'We Love You' while awaiting their trials. Manager Andrew left while they recorded album 'Their Satanic Majesties Request' in 1967. In 1968, they recorded the event 'The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus' featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono, The Who, Jethro Tull and Marianne Faithfull but the footage wasn't released until 1996.

In 1969, after the release of album 'Beggars Banquet', Brian Jones mental state and drug use got out of control and he wasn't able to tour with the band after being refused a US visa. He left the band and later drowned in his own swimming pool. The Rolling Stones proceeded to play a free concert in tribute to Jones in Hyde Park, London with an audience of 250,000. The band performed at the Altamont Free Concert in a concert that would be the subject of a huge disaster. The biker gang Hells Angels were asked to provide security but they stabbed and killed fan Meredith Hunter after seeing he had a knife.

In 1970, they formed record company, Rolling Stones Records and their first album on it was UK and US number one 'Sticky Fingers'. Later, they left England for the South of France. Whilst away recording, Richards was called back to France with a warrant for his arrest. They were subsequently banned from performing in various countries. Frustrated with all the complications, Taylor quit the band in 1974 to be replaced by Ronnie Wood who was a salaried employee until Wyman left. Richards was charged again later for importing drugs into Canada and was given a suspended sentence. The band signed a $28 million deal with CBS Records in the midst of their 20th anniversary in 1982.

Jagger and Richards began to drift apart and as a result Jagger signed a solo record deal. In 1985, he recorded alongside David Bowie the number 1 single 'Dancing in the Street' for Live Aid. Later that year, Stewart died of a heart attack and they were given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award after playing a tribute concert in 1986. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jagger and Richards reconciled.

Their 50th anniversary took place in 2012 and they played five concerts across the world.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Elton John: ‘Bieber Was Hanging By His Fingertips’


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The iconic British singer has had decades of experience in the music industry, and while some of his peers may have been hoping Justin would fall from grace following incidents of bad behaviour, Elton is pleased to see the 21-year-old’s career is going from strength to strength. Justin is enjoying global success with latest record Purpose, which has spawned hit singles including Sorry and Love Yourself, and Elton insists the singer deserves to be treated as a respectable artist.

“He was rebelling because he was like, ‘For f**k’s sake, why haven’t I had a life?’” Elton said in an interview with Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “I think it’s the best news, that he’s made a really classy pop record. He’s a very, very good singer.

“He was literally clinging by his fingertips to the White Cliffs of Dover wasn’t he? And a lot of people were willing him to fall but not me.”

Continue reading: Elton John: ‘Bieber Was Hanging By His Fingertips’

Lionel Richie: 'Ronnie Wood Is Brave To Have More Kids'


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At 66, Lionel is two years younger than Rolling Stones star Ronnie, who is expecting twins with his 37-year-old wife Sally Humphreys, but the Dancing on the Ceiling crooner is adamant he could not follow in the rocker's footsteps.

"Of course, Ronnie Wood can have children, he's a Rolling Stone, he can defy the laws of gravity. It would probably kill me," he tells Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper. "I really can't see myself having any more children. I have enough. I've turned a corner."

Lionel has three grown-up children - adopted daughter Nicole Richie, from his marriage to Brenda Harvey, and Miles, 21, and Sofia, 17, with second wife Diane Alexander.

Continue reading: Lionel Richie: 'Ronnie Wood Is Brave To Have More Kids'

Trumpeter Mic Gillette Dead At 64


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The trumpeter passed away after suffering a heart attack on Sunday (17Jan16).

Gillette started playing the trombone at the age of four and joined the Gotham City Crime Fighters at 15. The group later evolved into Tower of Power and the band went on to tour with Heart, Rod Stewart, and The Rolling Stones. They also released several albums, including East Bay Grease, Bump City, and Tower of Power.

In 1984, he quit touring to be with his family, but returned to the stage with Sons of Champlin in 1998. He left the group in 2006.

Continue reading: Trumpeter Mic Gillette Dead At 64

The Rolling Stones Former Manager Giorgio Gomelsky Loses Cancer Battle At 81


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The producer passed away on Wednesday (13Jan16) in New York City.

Gomelsky started managing The Rolling Stones after booking them to play a residency in his Crawdaddy Club in London.

After Andrew Oldham took over as the group's manager, Gomelsky went on to handle the Yardbirds and form Marmalade Records in the 1960s. He also produced the group's first two albums, For Your Love and Having a Rave Up with the Yardbirds.

Continue reading: The Rolling Stones Former Manager Giorgio Gomelsky Loses Cancer Battle At 81

Rolling Stones And Paul Mccartney Mourn Loss Of David Bowie


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It was confirmed on Monday (11Jan16) that the Heroes legend had passed away, aged 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer, and it sparked an outpouring of tributes from the singer's fans and famous friends.

World leaders, politicians, and even astronaut Tim Peake tweeted as condolences were paid to the Ziggy Stardust legend, and now his longtime pals the Rolling Stones have joined in by releasing a touching statement hailing Bowie as a friend and a true music hero.

"The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie..." a message posted on the band's Twitter.com page reads. "As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original... #DavidBowie."

Continue reading: Rolling Stones And Paul Mccartney Mourn Loss Of David Bowie

Keith Richards Struggles With Long-distance Travel


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The 72 year old has spent much of last few years touring the world with the Rolling Stones, and they are heading to South America in 2016 for the latest round of shows.

However, Richards admits long-distance travel is much harder now he is older, and he often needs more than a week to recover.

He tells BBC Radio 2, "I went to Australia twice last year - and you better give it 10 days before you say I am ready to rock. Jet lag actually is a b**tard."

Continue reading: Keith Richards Struggles With Long-distance Travel

Taylor Swift Lands 2015'S Top Tour


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The pop superstar kicked off The 1989 World Tour in Japan in May (15), and visited locations including the U.K., North America and China before wrapping the shows in Australia on 12 December (15).

It has now emerged Taylor scored the most profitable tour of the year (15) with more than $250 million in global ticket sales, topping Pollstar's annual rundown of top treks.

Taylor even managed to break a previous record set by the Rolling Stones by making $200 million (£133 million) in North America alone, dwarfing the $162 million (£108 million) the veteran rockers made in 2005 with their A Bigger Bang shows.

Continue reading: Taylor Swift Lands 2015'S Top Tour

Ronnie Wood 'Thrilled' At Wife's Pregnancy


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The guitarist's wife of three years, 37-year-old Sally Humphreys, is pregnant with the couple's first children, and the Rolling Stones star cannot contain his excitement.

"Sally and Ronnie Wood are delighted to announce that they are expecting twins in June, 2016," a spokesperson for the band confirms. "Needless to say, they are thrilled and overjoyed with the wonderful news."

Ronnie wed theatre producer Sally in 2012.

Continue reading: Ronnie Wood 'Thrilled' At Wife's Pregnancy

The Rolling Stones Attend A Photocall

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards , Ronnie Wood - The Rolling Stones attend a photocall at the Adelaide Oval in Australia - Adelaide, Australia - Thursday 23rd October 2014

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood's Wife Pregnant With Twins - Report


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The guitarist's wife of three years, 37-year-old Sally Humphries, is pregnant with the couple's first children, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.

"He can't wait to be a dad again, and doesn't think his age is a problem at all," a source tells the paper. "He still feels very young and fit.

"Ever since marrying Sally, (having children) had always been a possibility for them. They never ruled it out."

Continue reading: Ronnie Wood's Wife Pregnant With Twins - Report

John Taylor: 'Rolling Stones' Retirement Will Spark Mass Music Exodus'


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The bassist credits the veteran rockers with setting a high standard for other groups because they are still touring the world more than 50 years after they formed in 1962.

However, John fears that when the Stones do eventually stand down, it will lead to numerous other splits.

"The Stones do set the pace," he tells the London Evening Standard. "Every year you're like 'Please please retire so we can all retire'. But it's a very addictive game and while there is an audience that is interested in seeing you and while you still think you've got something to say, why not?

Continue reading: John Taylor: 'Rolling Stones' Retirement Will Spark Mass Music Exodus'

The Rolling Stones Attend A Photocall

The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood - The Rolling Stones attend a photocall at the Adelaide Oval in Australia - Adelaide, Australia - Thursday 23rd October 2014

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The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood
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The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood

The Rolling Stones In Concert

The Rolling Stones performing live on stage on their '14 ON FIRE' tour at the Tele2 Arena - Stockholm, Sweden - Tuesday 1st July 2014

The Rolling Stones and Concert

Rolling Stones Stars Sir Mick Jagger And Charlie Watts Poke Fun At Themselves In This Sketch To Promote The Live Comeback Of Comedy Troupe Monty Python

Rolling Stones stars Sir Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts poke fun at themselves in this sketch to promote the live comeback of comedy troupe Monty Python. Jagger ironically says, Monty Python? Are they still going? Who wants to see that again? They're a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money, which references criticism the rockers face for still touring in their 70s. Monty Python's string of reunion shows start on Tuesday (01Jul14) at London's 02 Arena. Shown on YouTube. - Tuesday 1st July 2014

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Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Monty Python
Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Monty Python
Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Monty Python
Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Monty Python
Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Monty Python

The Rolling Stones Performing In Madrid

Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones) - The Rolling Stones performing in Madrid - Madrid, Madrid, Spain - Wednesday 25th June 2014

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