The Rolling Stones

By Kristen Lason

How did this musical artist or group change Rock and Roll/Rhythm and Blues forever?

Mick Jagger's voice was often described as unexceptional but due to the publics high liking to it, he opened the way for those who didn't quite have the perfect voice. It caused a major change in Rock and Roll opening the pathway for those like Mick Jagger. Many singers today are still influenced by Mick Jagger and his different style of singing. They also affected Rock and Roll because they wrote and performed songs based on subjects that were technically considered taboo such as drugs, sex, and violence. However this was done more to inform the public that these weren't always bad things or to get rid of the negative feelings associated with the topics. This caused for bands in the future to be able to discuss any topics they wished without fear of being shut down.

­What components of this group made them so appealing in the 1950s, 1960s, or 1970s

The Rolling Stones originally got attention from the public due to their long hair which was extremely different than the popular short hair. However after they released a couple cover albums and then their own music, they started to gain popularity. This is mainly due to their blending of blues and rock music into a new style. They brought to the public a simpler form of blues to the forefront of pop music. While there music was mainly a mix of blues and rock and roll, they also used many other styles such as dance, reggae, country and folk in order to bring a new interest into their music. Mick Jagger, the lead singer, also contributed greatly to the bands appeal. He not only made girls scream but also made men uncomfortable which, supposedly, not even Elvis could do.Mick Jagger made the band very popular with the entire world due to his stage presence and just overall performance quality. Keith Richards also helped with the bands popularity as he was one of the first to be a no frills rocker who loved the rockstar life. He brought the publics attention to the band and helped create some of the riffs that the band became known for.

­Summarize the Roots of Rock “n” roll/Rhythm and Blues.

Rock and Roll is a form of music that emerged in the forties and fifties and became extremely popular. However the real roots originate with those of African drums and European folk songs. As they migrated to America, their music blended together and eventually created what is known as Rock and Roll music. The more recent roots come from the so called "race" music or the rhythm and blue that becomes very important in affecting many of the popular bands during this time. This tends to be the same origin for Rhythm and Blues.
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What makes this musical artist or group still popular

This Rolling Stones are still extremely popular due to their unique style of music that combined Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues in a way unseen before them. Their music was extremely catchy as well causing people to always sing their song. They are also still popular due to their stage presence. As a band, they presented a new front which made them very different from the other bands at that time such as the Beatles. While the Beatles were the good, clean guys, the Rolling Stones were the bad boys of music. This made them appealing to many teens who still love them to this day. They keep creating catchy music that everyone loves. The main reason that they are still popular is that they always put the band before the individual.

Top Songs

  1. Paint it Black (1966)
  2. Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
  3. Angie (1973)
  4. Gimme Shelter (1969)
  5. Satisfaction (1965)
  6. You Can't Always Get What You Want (1969)


  • June 1, 1964- The Rolling Stones arrive in America for their first american performance.
  • June 19, 1965- The song "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones hits #1in America, their first one.
  • July 26, 1968- The album Beggar Banquet is withdrawn from release due to cover art but ends up being released in december of that same year.
  • December 1, 1969- A free concert is organized by the Rolling Stones but turns bad when Hells Angels show up stabbing one concert goer to death.
  • April 1, 1971- Atlantic announces the signing of the Rolling Stones allowing them to from then on show their recordings on their own album, Rolling Stones Records.