Keith Richards

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Keith Richards
Background information
Also known asKeith Richard
Born (1943-12-18) 18 December 1943 (age 79)
Dartford, Kent, England
GenresRock, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1962 – present
Websitewww.keithrichards.com

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist best known as a founder member of the Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones[change | change source]

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, as well as other instruments.

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".

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] Keith is one of two members of the Rolling Stones to have both; played on all releases and, be in the band during its entire run. The other member to do so is Mick Jagger.

Keith is best known for playing a yellow Fender Telecaster.

Jagger/Richards[change | change source]

Jagger/Richards is the songwriting duo of Keith and Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger. Jagger and Richards first met in primary school, but would not see each other until after they both left primary school. The two would meet many years later in 1962 at a train station. They became friends after the meeting and are still friends now.

Personal life[change | change source]

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.

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. Sticky 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)

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Rolling Stone. No. 931. 2003-09-22. Archived from the original on 2007-02-25. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  2. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 9 December 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2008-03-08.