When The Rolling Stones Were England's Newest Hitmakers

By | November 29, 2016

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Left: Mick Jagger in the canteen at a TV studio, 1964. Roght: Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman on the cover of the Stones' debut album, 1964. Sources: Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images; Amazon.

The Rolling Stones are the longest performing and lasting band of all time, propelled from the early '60s to the present day by Mick Jagger's vocals and Keith Richards' guitar work. Brian Jones was a crucial member until his death in 1969, his replacement Ronnie Wood became one of the family, and the rhythm section of Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts kept it all together through three decades of madness (Wyman left the group in 1993). The Rolling Stones -- or just "The Stones" -- have the most legitimate claim to the nebulous title of the "greatest rock 'n roll band of all time."

But how did it all start? How did these five blokes become the Rolling Stones?

Mick, Keith, Brian, Charlie, And -- Dick?

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Bill Wyman, Mich Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Brian Jones -- The Stones in the '60s. Source: IMDB / The Mark Carol Company

It all happened over 50 years ago in London, when five ordinary guys came together to form a rock n’ roll band. Funny enough, two of the band members, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had met ten years earlier in primary school. It was 1961 when Jagger and Richards became reacquainted and bonded over the love of American R&B and Blues as well as having a mutual friend in guitarist Dick Taylor. Soon enough Richards had joined the band Jagger and Taylor were in called the Blues Boys. During this time a blues band, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, had made it onto the blues scene and gave experience to future band member Brian Jones. Eventually Jones started his own Blues Inc. band with drummer Charlie Watts. As a side project Jagger and Richards began to jam with Jones which lead to Jagger being featured as the singer of Blues Inc.