The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones (Band)

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Alternative Name The Stones
Group Members Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Charlie Watts
Ronnie Wood
Past Group Members Brian Jones
Ian Stewart
Bill Wyman
Mick Taylor
Dick Taylor
Music Genre(s) Rock
blues rock
rock and roll
rhythm and blues
hard rock
country rock
Music Genre Rock
Origin London, England
Year(s) Active 1962–present
Record Label Decca
Rolling Stones
Official Websites
Associated Acts John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
The Jeff Beck Group
Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings
Super Heavy
The New Barbarians
Billy Preston
The Pretty Things
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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London, England, in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Mick Jagger (lead vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, backing vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Brian Jones was the original leader of the group. The band's primary songwriters, Jagger and Richards, assumed leadership after Andrew Loog Oldham became the group's manager. Their musical focus shifted from covering blues songs to writing original material, a decision with which Jones did not agree. Jones left the band less than a month before his death in 1969, having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974. After Taylor left the band, Ronnie Wood took his place in 1975 and continues on guitar in tandem with Richards. Following Wyman's departure in 1993, Darryl Jones joined as their touring bassist. The Stones' touring keyboardists have included Nicky Hopkins (1967–1982), Ian McLagan (1978–1981), Billy Preston (through the mid-1970s) and Chuck Leavell (1982–present).

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