The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock group, formed in London in 1962. First popular in Europe, they quickly became successful in North America during the "British Invasion" of the mid 1960s. Since then, their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. More Info »

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    Let It Bleed
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    Beggars Banquet
  • Exile On Main Street
    Exile On Main Street
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    Rolled Gold +
  • Sticky Fingers
    Sticky Fingers
  • The Rolling Stones Singles Box Set (1971-2006)
    The Rolling Stones Singles Box Set (1971-2006)
  • Jump Back - The Best Of The Rolling Stones, '71 - '93
    Jump Back - The Best Of The Rolling Stones, '71 - '93
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    Paint It Black
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    Some Girls
  • Singles Collection: The London Years
    Singles Collection: The London Years
  • The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
    The Rolling Stones Singles Collection: The London Years
  • Singles 1968-1971
    Singles 1968-1971
  • Singles 1965-1967
    Singles 1965-1967
  • Forty Licks (disc 1)
    Forty Licks (disc 1)
  • Forty Licks
    Forty Licks
  • Hot Rocks (1964-1971)
    Hot Rocks (1964-1971)
  • Hot Rocks 1964-1971
    Hot Rocks 1964-1971
  • Forty Licks (disc 2)
    Forty Licks (disc 2)
  • Tattoo You
    Tattoo You
  • BIG HITS (HIGH TIDE AND GREEN GRASS)
    BIG HITS (HIGH TIDE AND GREEN GRASS)
  • Out of Our Heads
    Out of Our Heads
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    Goats Head Soup
  • Between the Buttons
    Between the Buttons
  • A Bigger Bang
    A Bigger Bang
  • The Rolling Stones
    The Rolling Stones
  • Shine A Light
    Shine A Light
  • Bridges to Babylon
    Bridges to Babylon
  • Their Satanic Majesties Request
    Their Satanic Majesties Request
  • GRRR!
    GRRR!
  • Voodoo Lounge
    Voodoo Lounge
  • Emotional Rescue
    Emotional Rescue
  • Black And Blue
    Black And Blue
  • Flashpoint
    Flashpoint
  • Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
    Through The Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
  • FLOWERS
    FLOWERS
  • Doom and Gloom
    Doom and Gloom
  • The Rolling Stones No. 2
    The Rolling Stones No. 2
  • Exile on Main St.
    Exile on Main St.
  • Stripped
    Stripped
  • Steel Wheels
    Steel Wheels
  • 60's UK EP Collection
    60's UK EP Collection
  • December's Children (and Everybody's)
    December's Children (and Everybody's)
  • 12 X 5
    12 X 5
  • It's Only Rock 'n Roll
    It's Only Rock 'n Roll
  • Dirty Work
    Dirty Work
  • Undercover
    Undercover
  • Metamorphosis
    Metamorphosis

The Rolling Stones. Artist Bio

The Rolling Stones are an English rock group, formed in London in 1962. First popular in Europe, they quickly became successful in North America during the "British Invasion" of the mid 1960s. Since then, their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked the Rolling Stones at number ten on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists", and as the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The group was formed by Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ian Stewart, who met as schoolmates in Dartford, Kent. They took their name from a Muddy Waters song called "Rollin' Stone Blues", and made their live debut at London's Marquee Club (minus Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts). They start playing pubs and clubs around the city and suburbs. Bill Wyman joined later that year (the popular story is that he was asked because he had his own amplifier).

In January 1963, Charlie Watts joined the Stones. The band gigged constantly, with residencies at venues like Ealing Jazz Club, Ken Colyer's Studio 51, and Eel Pie Island in Twickenham. Their weekly performances at the Crawdaddy at Richmond's Station Hotel resulted in ecstatic press reviews, and in April Andrew Loog Oldham saw them there and signed them to his management company the next day. He started the "Would you let your daughter marry a Rolling Stone" press campaign, which set the tone for their career.

In May 1963, the Stones were signed to Decca Records by the same man who had turned down the Beatles. A month later "Come On", the first Rolling Stones single, was released, and reached number two in the U.K. charts.

The fifth member of the group, Brian Jones, left on 8th June 1969, saying that he wanted to form a new group. He was replaced by Mick Taylor, formerly in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

In 1971 the Stones, whose contract with Decca had expired, launched their Rolling Stones Records label. In December 1974 Taylor left the group in order to pursue a solo career. He was replaced in 1975 by Ronnie Wood.

Since Wyman left the Stones in 1993, the band has consisted of Jagger, Richards, Watts and guitarist Ronnie Wood. In studio and live performances, Darryl Jones (bassist) and Chuck Leavell (keyboardist) also serve as a regular contributors.

All the members have also undertaken solo projects of various kinds.

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