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The Rolling Stones Biography

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The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that rose to prominence in the early 1960s during the British Invasion. They were leaders of the British R&B boom of the 1960s and presented a rebellious, bohemian image that many other bands continue to emulate. During their 1969 American tour, the Stones were introduced and have often since been referred to as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World."

Originally an R&B outfit that recorded rock n' roll as well as ballads on their first album, they later took up country blues, country music, psychedelia, and reggae. In 1965 lead singer and harmonica player Mick Jagger (July 26, 1943-) and guitarist Keith Richards (December 18,1943-) began writing almost all of the band's new material, including a string of number one songs for The Stones that continued until the early eighties.

The Rolling Stones continue to record and perform and are one of the longest running and most successful acts in show business. They are often the highest grossing concert act the years they tour, and every album of primarily new studio material has placed in the top 5 in the United States.

For more than forty years of The Stones' existence Jagger, Richards, and drummer Charlie Watts, have been constant members.

The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and they were rated #4 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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