Instead of using this page for an ordinary Rolling Stones biography, we’ve included the latest news about the Stones and a pictorial timeline.
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Rolling Stones Timeline
1960: Art student Keith Richards and London School of Economics student Mick Jagger join forces to form Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1962: The future Glimmer Twins are now playing with Brian Jones and keyboardist Ian Stewart in the newly dubbed Rolling Stones, named after a Muddy Waters tune.
1963: Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts have now joined, and the Beatles help connect the Stones with manager Andrew Loog Oldham. Decca Records signs the band. 1964: Release debut album (#1 in UK, #11 in US charts)
1964: The Stones are popular in Britain and attempt to take America with their first U.S. tour and appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and Dean Martin’s program. 1965: Oldham encourages Jagger and Richards to focus on original material; one of the resulting compositions is “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” the Stones’ first No. 1 hit, which many critics refer to as rock’s greatest song ever.
1968: Beggars Banquet released. 1969: Let It Bleed released.
June 8, 1969: An ever-unreliable Brian Jones, bitter after the Jagger/Richards team’s rise to power within the group, is replaced by Mick Taylor. Less than one month later, on July 3, Jones drowns at home in his swimming pool.
December 6, 1969: The Stones attempt to stage a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in Northern California; Hell’s Angels are hired as security and kill one, while three others die accidentally.
1971: Sticky Fingers released.
1972: Exile on Main St. released.
1974: Taylor quits the band; Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck would audition to replace him during sessions for 1976’s Black and Blue.
1976: Ronnie Wood, formerly of The Faces, officially joins the band.
1981: The Stones American Tour plays more than 50 concerts in the U.S.
1982: The Rolling Stones mark their 20th anniversary with a 35 show European tour.
1985: Founding member, pianist-turned-road manager Ian Stewart dies of a heart attack.
March 1989: The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
August 1989 – August 1990: In these 12 months, the Stones put on a total of 115 shows in the US, Japan and Europe. Following the tour, Bill Wyman decides to leave the band but doesn’t disclose when.
1993: Wyman, the oldest member of the Stones, finally retires after becoming disillusioned with touring. He’s replaced by Darryl Jones.
August 1994 – August 1995: The Stones play 129 shows in 27 countries on the Voodoo Lounge Tour.
November 1994: The Rolling Stones become the first major artists to stream a concert on the Internet.
September 1997 – June 1999: The Bridges of Babylon Tour includes more than 100 shows in North and South America, Europe and Japan.
2005: A Bigger Bang is released. It is the bands 22nd studio album.
2006: While in Fiji, Keith Richards suffered a head injury after falling out of a tree causing minor head trauma.
November 2006: The Stones are still a touring force well into their sixties; the A Bigger Bang Tour is named the highest grossing ever, with a final tally of $437 million.
June 10, 2007: The Stones make their first festival appearance in 30 years, at the Isle of Wight Festival.
January 17, 2008: The Stones announce they’re leaving EMI/Virgin Records to sign a deal with the Universal Music Group/UMG.
September 2002 – November 2003: The Licks Tour visits North America, Australia, Asia and Europe with 117 performances.
November 2004: Double live album, Live Licks is released.
August 2005 – August 2007: 146 shows in more than two dozen countries on the Bigger Bang tour.
July 2012: The 50th anniversary of band’s first public performance.
April, 2015: The group announces it’s returning to the U.S. with a 15 concert Zip Code tour in May.