Rolling Stones rhythm guitarist Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards

December 18, 1943, Dartford, England

If Mick Jagger is the face and the brain of the Rolling Stones, guitarist Keith Richards is its heart, the embodiment of the band's rakish rock and roll spirit and commitment to hard rhythm and blues. He's become one of the most iconic figures in music: a hard-drugging rock pirate who also happens to be a guitar innovator and great songwriter. At the heart of his appeal is his rhythm guitar playing: a fluid, easy, rambunctious style that puts feel and groove way before technical prowess. Apart from the Stones, he's released solo albums and collaborated with other legendary musicians ranging from Chuck Berry to country singer George Jones. ~ Rolling Stone: Keith Richards ~ retrieved December 16, 2013 © Rolling Stone

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Keith Richards ~ Ranked #4 Time 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players in 2009 ~ The most notable of Chuck Berry's many disciples is also the creator of more memorable riffs […] than anyone else in rock 'n' roll. ~ 2009 © TIME

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Peter Wolf ~ Sleepless (2002) ~ Ranked #427 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Wolf accomplishes a rare feat on this modern blues album: He sings about adult roance without sounding jaded. The former J. Geils Band singer testifies about true love in his soulful growl, with help from friends like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones began calling themselves the “World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band” in the Sixties, and few argued with them - even then. More than 40 years later, the band's music continues to sound vital. With literally scores of genre-setting hits under the group's belt - and fronted by two of rock's biggest archetypes - the Rolling Stones have done more to define the look, attitude and sound of rock & roll than any other band in the genre's history. ~ Rolling Stone: Rolling Stones ~ retrieved December 15, 2013 © Rolling Stone

The Rolling Stones ~ Inducted in the 1989 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Through their five decades as a band, no one has yet stripped the Rolling Stones of their title as the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band. In 2002, Keith Richards had this to say in USA Today about the group's improbable longevity: “People thought it couldn't be done. We never thought of trying it. We are just here. It's a vague mission you can't give up until you keel over.” ~ 1989 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2012, eight Rolling Stones albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #409 Aftermath (1966) ~ #337 Tattoo You (1981) ~ #272 Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) ~ #245 Sticky Fingers (1971) ~ #221 Beggar's Banquet (1968) ~ #192 12x5 (1964) ~ #61 Let It Bleed (1969) ~ #3 Exile On Main St (1971)

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