The Rolling Stones have been a household name since they rose to fame in the sixties.
They have shown no signs of slowing down and are still performing together.
Who are the Rolling Stones?
Former members of The Rolling Stones include Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Bill Wyman and Nick Taylor.
However, some of its members remained loyal over the years.
Perhaps the most famous member of The Rolling Stones.
His dance moves and energetic stage presence made him true rock icon.
Meek was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent on July 26, 1943. At first, Mick decided to follow his father’s path as a physical education teacher.
His passion for singing and music soon overtook him.
“As a child, I always sang,” he is quoted in the book “According to The Rolling Stones.”
“I was one of those kids who just liked to sing. Some children sing in the choir, others like to show themselves in front of the mirror.”
“I was in a church choir and I also loved listening to singers on the radio – the BBC or Radio Luxembourg – or watching them on TV or in the movies.”
In September 1950, while enrolling at Wentworth Primary School, Meek met Keith Richards, whom he quickly became friends with.
Although they lost contact when the Meek family moved to Wilmington, Kent, the two men found each other again during a chance meeting on the second platform of the Dartford railway station in July 1960.
A year later, Mick dropped out of school with seven O-Levels and two A-levels, but remained adamant about studying finance and accounting at the London School of Economics.
Mick and Keith were still planning to start their own rhythm and blues band called Blues Incorporated.
In his youth, Meek also considered becoming either a journalist or a politician, comparing the latter to a rock star.
He eventually left the London School of Economics in 1963 to focus on his promising musical career with The Rolling Stones.
A guitarist and vocalist who sings backing vocals on many of the Stones’ songs, Keith is another original and infamous member of the band.
As mentioned above, he first met singer Mick in elementary school.
Keith was born on December 18, 1943 in Dartford and always knew that his path would lead him to a career in music.
His maternal grandfather, August Theodore “Gus” Dupree, toured the UK with his own jazz band and instilled in him a passion for guitar at an early age.
Although he received most of his family’s support, Keith’s father did not approve of this career choice.
Expelled for truancy from Dartford Institute of Technology in 1959, he entered Sidcup Art College, but was soon distracted by music.
He left Sidcup Art College in 1962 and moved into a London flat with Meek and Brian Jones.
His parents divorced around the same time, which led to him staying close to his mother, remaining estranged from his father for twenty years.
Charlie Watts replaced Rolling Stones drummer Tony Chapman in 1963 and did not leave his position until his death in August 2021.
Born in 1941 in Bloomsbury, London, he celebrated his 80th birthday on 2 June 2021.
Before he turned to rock, his earliest work was jazz recordings and he was a childhood friend of jazz bassist Dave Green, with whom he discovered his first 78rpm records.
Although he developed an interest in art, music, cricket and football, Charlie eventually began playing drums at the age of thirteen.
“I bought a banjo,” he once told The New Yorker in 2012, “and I didn’t like the fretboard dots. So I took the neck off and at the same time I heard a drummer named Chico Hamilton who played with Gerry Mulligan.
“I wanted to play like that, with brushes. I didn’t have a snare drum, so I put the banjo head on a stand.”
His parents gave him his first drum kit in 1955.
He then met Brian Jones, Keith and Mick in mid-1962 at a London R&B club.
Charlie passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on August 24, 2021.
Originally from Middlesex and born on June 1, 1947, Ronnie Wood began his musical career with Rod Stewart after his first band, The Birds, broke up in 1967.
They eventually joined Kenny Jones and formed the group Faces.
Their last album Ooh La La was released in 1973 before Rod started his solo career.
Ronnie then joined The Rolling Stones as an official member in the 1980s.
The three surviving Faces members reunited in July 2021 for a series of live performances and will reportedly be releasing new recordings.
Where are they now?
The Rolling Stones remained active into the 2020s, releasing some thirty studio albums, among other projects, over the years in both the UK and the US.
In 2021 they prepared a new box set for their album Tattoo You released in August 1981 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Ronnie revealed this during an interview with Time July 17, 2021
He admitted to working with Mick as both men “recorded nine new tracks”.
Ronnie also revealed that he was battling cancer for the second time during lockdown.
On March 14, 2022, the band announced their “Sixty” European Tour in the summer of 2022 via Twitter.
The tour kicked off at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain on June 1st and will conclude on July 31st at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.