The Rolling Stones


The originals to whom we are very much indebted

Brian Jones

Born 28 February 1942 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Founder and original leader of the band.

Left on June 8 1969 - replaced by Mick Taylor.

Died 3 July 1969 in his own swimming pool.

Guitar, bottleneck guitar, slide guitar, harp, autoharp, keyboards, mellotron, saxophone, flute, sitar, dulcimer, harpsichord, koto, clarinet, xylophone, marimbas, percussion, vocals.

"Brian was a wonderful bunch of blokes" - Keith Richards



Mick Jagger

Born 26 July 1943 in Dartford, Kent.

Vocal, harp, guitar, piano, synthesizer.



Keith Richards

Born 18 December 1943 in Dartford, Kent.

Guitar, bottleneck guitar, slide guitar, bass, piano, vocals.



Charlie Watts

Born 2 June 1941 in Islington, London.

Died 21 August 2021 in London

First gig 14 January 1963 at the Flamingo Jazz Club, London.

Drums, percussion.



Bill Wyman

Born 24 October 1936 in Lewisham, London.

First gig 15 December 1962 at St. Mary's Church Hall, Putney.

Left 6 January 1993 - no official replacement.

Bass guitar, guitar, harp, autoharp, keyboards, synthesizer, vocals.



Mick Taylor

Born 17 January 1949 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.

Previously with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

First gig 5 July 1969 at Hyde Park, London.

Left 12 December 1974 - replaced by Ron Wood.

Guitar, bottleneck guitar, slide guitar, bass, piano, vocals.



Ian Stewart

Born 18 July 1938 in Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland, Hertfordshire.

Known as the 6th Stone he was the second founding member of the original Rollin' Stones.

Died 12 December 1985.




Nicky Hopkins

Born 24 February 1944 in London.

Died 6 September 1994.

Never an official Stone but played at numerous recordings and gigs.




Ronnie Wood

Born 1 June 1947 in Hillingdon, Middlesex.

Previously with The Faces.

First gig 1 June 1975 - Louisana State University, USA.

Guitar, bottleneck guitar, slide guitar, bass, harp, dobro, saxophone, vocals.







12 July 1962 Marquee Jazz Club in London - see set list.

Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums.

Dick Taylor, later of Pretty Things on bass.

The name Rollin' Stones, from Muddy Waters' song "Rollin' Stone Blues", was first used at that gig.



7 June 1963 Come On - by Chuck Berry - reached no. 21 in UK charts.



7 July 1963 Thank Your Lucky Stars - paid £143 (£1800 today) to mime Come On.



5 June 1964The Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, California.