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Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
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|"In the first flush of ecstasy
As you lay naked next to me
While our love put the dawn to flight
I just ignore all those warning lights..."
As the self-consciously dangerous alternative to the bouncy Merseybeat of the Beatles in the British Invasion, the Stones had pioneered the gritty, hard-driving blues-based rock & roll that came to define hard rock.
With his preening machismo and latent maliciousness, Mick Jagger became the prototypical rock frontman, tempering his macho showmanship with a detached, campy irony, while Keith Richards and Brian Jones wrote the blueprint for sinewy, interlocking rhythm guitars. Backed by the strong, yet subtly swinging rhythm section of bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts, the Stones became the breakout band of the British blues scene, eclipsing such contemporaries as the Animals and Them.
Over the course of their career, the Stones never really abandoned blues, but as soon as they reached popularity in the U.K., they began experimenting musically, incorporating the British pop of contemporaries like the Beatles, Kinks and Who into their sound. After a brief dalliance with psychedelia, the Stones re-emerged in the late '60s as a jaded, blues-soaked hard rock quintet. The Stones always flirted with the seedy side of rock & roll...
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Birthdays: Jagger July 26, 1943 Brian Jones Feb. 28, 1942 (dismissed June 8, 1969; died July 3, 1969) Richards Dec. 18, 1943 Stewart July 18, 1938 (died December 12, 1985) Taylor Jan. 17, 1948 (quit December, 1974) Watts Jun. 02, 1941 Wood Jun. 01, 1947 Wyman Oct. 24, 1936 (quit 1993)
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