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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December 18, 1965 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) James Brown & the Famous Flames, I Got You (I Feel Good) ~ #2 (5) the Dave Clark Five, Over And Over ~ #1 (1) the Byrds, Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is A Season)


Keith Richards ~ Voted #2 Classic Rock Magazine's 100 Wildest Guitar Heroes in 2007.

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Tom Waits ~ Rain Dogs (1985) ~ Ranked #399 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ “I like that weird, ludicrous things,” Waits once said. That understatement plays out most clearly on Rain Dogs, his finest portrait of the tragic kingdom of the streets. ~ 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 ~ Ranked #4 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “It was completely unique: a white performer doing it in a black way. Elvis Presley did it. But the next guy was Jagger. There were no other white boys doing this. White singers stood there and sang, like the Beatles. The thing we associate with black performers goes back to the church - letting the spirit physically move you, letting go of social restraints, any form of embarrassment or humiliation. Not being in control: That's what Mick Jagger was communicating.” ~ Steven Van Zandt ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

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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