Keith Richards

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Keith Richards
Background information
Also known as Keith Richard
Born 18 December 1943 (1943-12-18) (age 71)
Dartford, Kent, England
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician, producer
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1962 - persent
Associated acts The Rolling Stones
Website keithrichards.com
Notable instruments
1953 Fender Telecaster
1959 Gibson Les Paul

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist best known as a founding member of The Rolling Stones. He is mostly famous for his rhythm guitar playing, but he can also play lead guitar quite well. He often likes to use a guitar with only 5 strings — the lowest-tuned string is removed. On a small number of Rolling Stones recordings, he plays bass guitar. And on rarer occasions, he has played a couple of other instruments too. He sings background vocals on most Rolling Stones songs. Occasionally, he also sings lead vocals, on songs like "Happy", "Little T & A", and "The Worst".

During the late 1960s and most of the 1970s, he had a serious addiction to heroin. However, he recovered and quit using it. Sometimes, in interviews, he talks about taking drugs in a way that seems humorous.

In 2003 he was ranked 10th on Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[1]

Richards has co-written and recorded hundreds of songs with his song writing partner Mick Jagger. Fourteen of their songs are listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" issue.[2]

Discography[change | change source]

The Rolling Stones[change | change source]

Studio albums
  1. England's Newest Hit Makers (1964)
  2. 12 X 5 (1964)
  3. The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)
  4. Out of Our Heads (1965)
  5. December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965)
  6. Aftermath (1966)
  7. Between the Buttons (1967)
  8. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
  9. Beggars Banquet (1968)
  10. Let It Bleed (1969)
  11. Stinky Fingers (1971)
  12. Exile on Main. St (1972)
  13. Goats Head Soup (1973)
  14. It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974)
  15. Black and Blue (1976)
  16. Some Girls (1978)
  17. Emotional Rescue (1980)
  18. Tattoo You (1981)
  19. Undercover (1983)
  20. Dirty Work (1986)
  21. Steel Wheels (1989)
  22. Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  23. Bridges to Babylon (1997)
  24. A Bigger Bang (2005)
  25. GRRR! (2012)

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