The Rolling Stones are still often referred to as "the world's greatest rock and roll band." The English band formed in April 1962. The original members were guitarist and harmonica player Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards and Bill Wyman on bass with drummer Charlie Watts.
Their early set lists relied heavily on rhythm and blues songs and straight ahead blues. Brian Jones and Keith Richards were big fans of Chess Records' artists such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin' Wolf and their Chicago blues style.
Muddy Waters' song "Rollin' Stone" was the inspiration for the band's name. After signing to Decca Records in 1963, the band changed their name from "The Rollin' Stones" to "The Rolling Stones". Many fans and even the band members refer to the band as simply "The Stones."
Chess Records was based in Chicago, Illinois and was also the home to other artists they admired including seminal rockers like Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Their most famous studio was on South Michigan Avenue and The Rolling Stones recorded an instrumental track titled "2120 South Michigan Avenue" there during their first U.S. tour in 1964. They recorded in the Chess Studios on two more occasions. (The building is now home to Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Foundation.)
Brian Jones actually led the band until Jagger and Richards' songs became the bands' big early hits and they took control. By 1969, Jones' contributions to the records had diminished and after he was unable to tour the United States for legal reasons, he left the band by mutual agreement. Jones' died in 1969. Mick Taylor was the replacement guitarist from 69-74. He was replaced by Ronnie Wood from The Faces.
The Rolling Stones discography includes 29 studio albums, 10 live albums, 31 compilation albums, 3 Eps and 92 singles.
Download Stones tracks
- Official Web Site http://www.rollingstones.com
- The Rolling Stones Box Set
- Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones- Deluxe Edition 3DVD Numbered Box Set
- Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)
- Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
- Rolled Gold+: The Very Best of the Rolling Stones ( 2 Discs/40 Tracks )
- Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993
- Singles Collection: The London Years