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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band.

The band formed in 1962 in London when original leader Brian Jones and pianist Ian Stewart were joined by vocalist Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards, whose songwriting partnership later contributed to their taking the leadership role in the group.

Bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts completed the early lineup.

Ian Stewart was removed from the official lineup in 1963 but continued to work with the band as road manager and keyboardist until his death in 1985.

The band's early recordings were mainly covers of American blues and R&B songs.

After first achieving success in the UK, they became popular in the US during the "British Invasion" of the early 1960s.

Their 1965 single " Satisfaction" established The Rolling Stones as a premier rock and roll act.

Starting with their 1966 album Aftermath, the songs of Jagger and Richards, aided by the instrumental experimentation of Jones, expanded an always-present stylistic flexibility.

Jones died in 1969 shortly after being fired from the band and was replaced by Mick Taylor.

Taylor recorded five studio albums with The Rolling Stones before quitting in 1974.

Former Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood stepped in and has been with the band ever since.

Wyman left the Rolling Stones in 1993; bassist Darryl Jones, who is not an official band member, has worked with the group since 1994.

The Rolling Stones have released 22 studio albums in the UK, eight concert albums and numerous compilations; and have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide.

Sticky Fingers (1971) began a string of eight consecutive studio albums the charted at number one in the United States.

In 1989 The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 they were ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Their image of unkempt and surly youth is one that many musicians still emulate.

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