Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Tribute to the Rolling Stones

The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World
By Christina Dee

The Rolling Stones is an internationally acclaimed English band. First introduced in the U.S. on their American tour in 1969, the band is recognized as one of the most successful and longest-running groups in music industry. The Rolling Stones have produced and performed 40 years of impressive, captivating music. Originally the Rolling Stones was a rock and roll, rhythm and blues band, but later they switched to blues, psychedelic, country music and even reggae.

The Formation of the Rolling Stones

Harmonica player and guitarist Brian Jones formed the band around 1962. As the leader, Jones recruited Mick Jagger for vocals, Ian Stewart for piano and Geoff Bradford for guitars. Jagger invited Keith Richards to join the band. The Rolling Stones' original lineup also included Dick Taylor for bass and different drummers, such as Carlo Little, Tony Chapman and Mick Avory. Since Bradford was not pleased about playing rock and roll, he immediately left Rolling Stones and was replaced by Bill Wyman. Taylor also left to attend art school and was soon replaced by Charlie Watts. When The Beatles heard about Rolling Stones, they helped the new band to get in touch with famous manager Andrew Oldham. George Harrison even contacted Decca Records to get the Rolling Stones to sign a record deal.

Rolling Stones Albums that Became Legendary

The Rolling Stones' first album, entitled "Rolling Stones (England's Newest Hitmakers)" under Decca Records was released in 1964. It was then followed by a UK tour that gave way to a new rhythm and blues style. The follow-up album, entitled "The Rolling Stones No.2," still included cover songs. Around 1963, the Rolling Stones toured the U.S. after the Beatles' introduction to the British Invasion. There the Rolling Stones received their first big hit with "Time is on my Side." However, in June 1965, the band released their third album, "Out of Our Heads," which featured the "Satisfaction" U.S. song cover that gave way to the band's hit-making streak.

In 1966 the album "Progression" was released, featuring compositions of Richards and Jagger. However, the 1967 "Between the Buttons" album clearly demonstrates the major influences of the band's contemporaries like The Kinks and The Who. After the release of the "We Love You" single, Rolling Stones then released "Their Satanic Majesties Request," which became criticized for riding with the Beatle's mania. On the "Beggars Banquet" album, the Rolling Stones came back to their original rock and roll sound, despite personal tension between Richards and Jones. In June 1969, however, Jones was forced to leave the band for good after continuous absences from recording sessions. He was replaced by Mick Taylor for guitars. Jones drowned on his home pool two days before the Rolling Stones' performance at Hyde Park Concert.

In 1969 Rolling Stones ended their contract with Decca Records and set up their own recording company. "Sticky Fingers" of 1971 and "Exile on Main St." were released after Mick Jagger left his hometown. Even after Jagger and Richards had separate social lives, the album "Goats Head Soup" was released in 1973. While Jagger and Richards would continue their power struggle for years, they eventually patched things up and buried the hatchet upon the release of the "Steel Wheels" album in early 1989.

Rolling Stones continued to produce amazing rock and roll music without too much controversy on albums like "Voodoo Lounge" of 1994, "Stripped" of 1995, "Bridges to Babylon" of 1997, "Forty Licks" of 2002 and "A Bigger Bang" of 2005.

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