The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones are considered by many to be the greatest rock ’n’ roll band of all time. Certainly they have left their mark as one of the longest-lived acts of the 1960s and also as one of the most commercially successful. The Stones were formed by Brian Jones in 1962 and the early lineup included Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts. Jones left in 1969 as he was unable to tour in the U.S. for legal reasons and he died shortly thereafter. Shortly before Jones’ death, Mick Taylor joined the group on guitar. Taylor left in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood. Wyman departed the band in 1990. Jagger, Richards, Wood, and Watts have played together since 1974.
The Rolling Stones have released 24 studio albums, eight concert albums, and numerous compilations. They have sold more than 200 million records worldwide. Beginning with Sticky Fingers in 1971, they had eight consecutive number one albums in the U.S. The Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and were ranked #4 in the 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.