Billed themselves as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band, The Rolling Stones were not exaggerating, not only because of their talent, but also as one of the original bands that followed The Beatles' British Invasion.
The band was formed in London in 1962, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met during school in 1951 when they were attending Sidcup Art College.
Jagger and Richards formed "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys" band with fellow musicians Ian Stewart, Brian Jones, Dick Taylor, and Tony Chapman, that changed the band's name after Muddy Waters' song "Rollin' Stone".
The Rolling Stones began to play small gigs in London and after recording their first EP; they were scheduled for a European tour in which they opened for Ike and Tina Turner in the UK, with Charlie Watts replacing Tony Chapman.
Although, the Rolling Stones placed several singles in the UK charts the following years, the band did not break into the international charts until 1965 with the song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", hitting number one on Billboard.
From then onwards, The Rolling Stones peaked the charts worldwide with songs such as "Let it Bleed", "Sympathy for the Devil", and "Dead Flowers", songs that along with their irreverent attitude and image mixed with drug abuse would associated them to Satanism.
Incidentally, Brian Jones was arrested in 1967 for possession of cannabis at a time that the band released the album "Their Satanic Majesties Request". Drugs would eventually lead to the death of Brian Jones and Ron Wood taking his place until today.
Through the 1960’s and early 1970’s, the band had numerous hits. Some of them include "Brown Sugar", "Honky Tonk Women" and "Tumbling Dice", a song on Linda Ronstadt's cover in the late 1970’s would help The Rolling Stones to revitalize their career during the 1980’s with top singles such as "Start Me Up" and "Undercover of the Night".
The Rolling Stones have an exhaustive Discography encompassing over four decades of studio and live albums that might include their 2007 tour as an upcoming album. The band's videography also includes 15 titles from 1968 to "Shine a Light", directed by Martin Scorcese, and scheduled to be released sometime in 2008.
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