FACTBOX - Rolling Stones - still touring at 50

Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:41pm IST

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Ki Price/Files

The Rolling Stones (L-R) Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger pose as they arrive for the opening of the exhibition ''Rolling Stones: 50'' at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Ki Price/Files

REUTERS - Here is a look at the group which used the name "Rollin' Stones" for the first time in 1962, at a performance in London's Marquee Club in London to replace Alexis Korner's blues band.

* Michael Philip Jagger - who will be 70 in July 2013 - was an avid fan of American blues artists like Muddy Waters and he formed his first band in his teens. He had won a place at the prestigious London School of Economics (LSE) but admitted he didn't take it seriously. At London's Ealing Blues Club, Jagger met Brian Jones who was recruiting for a band he called the "Rollin' Stones", the g was to be restored later - after a Muddy Waters song.

* The original line-up included Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Ian "Stu" Stewart (piano), Dick Taylor (bass) and various drummers such as Mick Avory (later of The Kinks) and Tony Chapman. Charlie Watts joined in 1963. Taylor left shortly after to return to art school, and was later to form The Pretty Things. He was replaced by Bill Wyman.

* There were riots when the band went to the United States and it was in 1965 that (I Can't Get No) "Satisfaction" gave them their first U.S. and British hit. Another hit, "Get Off My Cloud", fully used Jagger's defiant persona. Bad-boy controversy continued with Jagger, Jones and Wyman arrested for urinating at a London petrol station.

* A stream of hits followed, from "Under My Thumb", to the anarchic "19th Nervous Breakdown" and doom-laden "Paint It Black". Jagger spat out a diatribe of abuse in "Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing In the Shadow?"

* "A Steel Wheels" tour in 1989 catapulted the band into the record books earning more than $300 million. This was followed by the equally successful "Voodoo Lounge" tour. By the turn of the century, they still had not lost their appetite for touring. The group's last major tour was their 2005-07 "Bigger Bang Tour" which took in over 30 countries and brought nearly $560 million in sales. It has only been beaten by Irish group U2 during their 2011 360 tour.

Sources: Reuters/ www.musicstarx.net/ (Reporting by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Fashion

ENTERTAINMENT SHOWCASE

Bynes Arrested

Bynes Arrested

Actress Amanda Bynes back in trouble with drug-driving arrest.  Full Article 

Clooney Weds

Clooney Weds

Clooney and Alamuddin cap weekend nuptials with civil ceremony.  Full Article 

"Crouching Tiger"

"Crouching Tiger"

Netflix co-producing "Crouching Tiger" sequel.  Full Article 

Music Conductor

Music Conductor

Malkki at helm of Finnish orchestra cracks glass ceiling.  Full Article 

Fashion Week

Fashion Week

Stella McCartney goes airy for summer, Lagerfeld Barbie a hit at Paris Fashion Week.  Full Article 

"Wines of California"

"Wines of California"

Authors cruise through California’s wine counties - one vineyard at a time .  Full Article 

Art Market

Art Market

Japan art market boosted by Abenomics after years in the doldrums.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage