The Rolling Stones are a British rock band who became popular during the sixties and are still an active rock band presently. The Rolling Stones set a record by being the longest surviving rock band in history. Like the Beatles the Rolling Stones were influenced very much by American artists and music forms generated by black performers such as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Ray Charles and Larry Williams.
The styles they were most influenced by electric blues and early rock`n`roll. By late sixties the Rolling Stones had combined these influences into a solid guitar-based section making it the prototype for hard rock sounding. In popularity the Rolling Stones yielded only to the Beatles. One of reasons for that was the guys` "bad image" of rebels in music and social life. They were one of counterculture leaders in the sixties.
By the late sixties the Rolling Stones had turned to one of the worlds biggest and the most popular rock bands. By that time the Rolling Stones had had a great number of hit songs with each single showing the growing rate of their popularity. In 1969, the Rolling Stones were billed as the greatest rock-and-roll band in the world. The Rolling Stones came into existence in 1962 with the original members Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Keith Richards (guitar), Mick Avory (drums), Ian "Stu" Stewart (piano) and Dick Taylor (bass).
The first release by the Rolling Stones was cover for Chuck Berry's "Come On". The first self-titled EP album by the Stones was released in April 1964 including covers for "Route 66" (originally recorded by Nat King Cole), "Mona" (Bo Diddley) and "Carol" (Chuck Berry). The Rolling Stones were the brightest British band after the Beatles in the wave of the "British Invasion" taking place in the sixties.
Unlike the Beatles, the Stones cultivated a pretty different image of brusque blue collar youth. Their next album "The Rolling Stones #2" (Now in the US) included mostly covers with a few songs written by Jagger and Richards. One of the most popular albums in the Rolling Stones discography was released in 1965 -- "Out of Our Heads" including the classic now single "Satisfaction".
A very different history marked its beginning in 1967 when the police found huge quantities of cannabis in the Richards` apartment. Drug use was a common thing during the sixties in the British musical environment but after discovering amphetamine tablets the police arrest Richards and Jagger. Richards was incarcerated for a one-year term and Jagger gets a four months long imprisonment. Drug abuse made the Rolling Stones synonyms for the rebellious spirit of the sixties.
In 1972, the Rolling Stones record the double album "Exile on Main St." and go on tour. One of the best singles of the Rolling Stones discography "Angie" was released in 1973 and later was covered a number of times. On July 26, 2005 the Rolling Stones announce their new album, "A Bigger Bang" that was released in September.
Here you have read about the Rolling Stones history and band members. This is a brief variant of their history since the band is still active and can boast about still being together after 40 years.