The Rolling Stones
There have been many contributors to the amazing phenomena that is The Rolling Stones but none have been more responsible for the band's enduring success than Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. Having met as children, the pair were reintroduced in 1960 by Dick Taylor who was a classmate of Richards' at Sidcup Art School. At the time, Jagger, an economics student, was playing blues with Taylor in the band Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys. Richards joined the group and shortly afterward he and Jagger met Brian Jones, a precocious talent already well-known on the British blues scene. They played at the same clubs and eventually started playing together with Dick Taylor. Their first performance as the Rolling Stones came on July, 12, 1962 at London's Marquee Club. The lineup at the time was Jagger, Jones, Richards, Ian Stewart, Mick Avory, and Dick Taylor. Avory and Taylor would leave shortly thereafter and were replaced by Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts.
"It was a magical time because I actually managed to turn my little juvenile fantasies into a way of life." ~ Keith Richards
It was in 1963, during an eight month stint at the Crawdaddy Club, that the band came to the attention of promoter Andrew Loog Oldham. It was he who fashioned the Rolling Stones into a raunchy, gritty and often shocking alternative to the Beatles. The bad-boys-of-rock-and-roll image served them well, especially in the US where the hippie generation was rebelling against just about everything. With the charismatic Jagger as its frontman, the groups popularity swelled and they would remain prominent atop the rock world for decades.1
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