NameThe Rolling Stones (1962-)
GenderGroup (Male)
Place of Birth/OriginLondon, England (formed)
RelationshipsCurrent members:
Mick Jagger - vocals, harmonica, guitar, percussion, keyboards
Keith Richards - guitar, vocals
Charlie Watts - drums, percussion, vocals
Ronnie Wood - guitar, vocals

Past Members:
Brian Jones - guitar, harmonica, keyboards, sitar, percussion, vocals
Ian Stewart - keyboards, piano
Mick Taylor - guitar, vocals
Bill Wyman - bass guitar, keyboards, piano, vocals
Dick Taylor, Ricky Fenson, Colin Golding - bass guitar
Tony Chapman, Mick Avory, Carlo Little - drums
BiographyThe Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first line-up consisted of bandleader Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart. Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued to work with the band as a contracted musician until his death in 1985. The band's primary songwriters, Jagger and Richards, assumed leadership after Andrew Loog Oldham became the group's manager.

The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the United States in 1964 and were identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. Rooted in blues and early rock and roll, the band started out playing covers but found more success with their own material; songs such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" and "Paint It Black" became international hits. After a short period of experimentation with psychedelic rock in the mid-1960s, the group returned to its "bluesy" roots with Beggars Banquet (1968), Let It Bleed (1969), Sticky Fingers (1971), and Exile on Main St. (1972). It was during this period they were first introduced on stage as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World".

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