The Rolling Stones

Michelle Barker

Rock N Roll

Rock n Roll is a type of popular dance music originating in the 1950s, characterized by a heavy beat and simple melodies. Rock and roll was an amalgam of black rhythm and blues and white country music, usually based on a twelve-bar structure and an instrumentation of guitar, bass, and drums.

During their fifty years as a band, the Rolling Stones left their legacy on Rock n Roll forever. Not only did they release twenty-nine studio albums, eighteen live albums, numerous videos, concert films and compilations, they also were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. As of 2014, the band had sold an estimated 250 million albums. They will never be forgotten.

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Influence On Music

When they first hit the scene in the 1960s, the band received most of its attention for their trendy outside appearance although as they began to release covers and eventually their original music, they were acknowledged for their blending blues and rock into their own signature sound. They merged Blues into Rock n Roll.
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Biggest Hits

They’ve changed their tune over the years, hopping from blues and pop to psychedelia, country, rock, even trying their hand at disco. Some of The Rolling Stone’s biggest hits would be “You Can't Always Get What You Want, “Gimme Shelter”, “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction”, “Sympathy for The Devil”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Beast of Burden”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Street Fighting Man”, “Brown Sugar”, “Paint It, Black”, “Monkey Man”, and of course so much more!
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1962- Mick Jagger forms a band with guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Tony Chapman, pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and guitarist Brian Jones.The band plays their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. They are billed as The Rollin' Stones.

1963- With a new name, the Rolling Stones, the band releases their first single, a Chuck Berry cover, "Come On." The single will reach #21 on the UK singles chart.

1971- "Brown Sugar" becomes a hit.

1989- The band launches a massive tour that lasts an entire year. They play 115 shows, touring the United States, Japan and Europe. When the tour ends, Bill Wyman quits the band. However, his departure isn't announced until 1993.

2012- The band released a book called "50" to mark their actual anniversary, and HBO put out a documentary called "Crossfire Hurricane," which chronicled the band's earliest club days to the present.