Brian Jones


Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones was an English musician and a founder member of The Rolling Stones. Jones' main instruments were the guitar and the harmonica, but he was a talented and wide-ranging multi-instrumentalist. His innovative use of traditional or folk instruments, such as the sitar and marimba, was integral to the changing sound of the band.… Read More

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1942 Birth Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones was born in the Park Nursing Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 28 February 1942. … Read More
1949 7 Years Old Jones attended local schools, including Dean Close School, from September 1949 to July 1953 and Cheltenham Grammar School for Boys, which he entered in September 1953 after passing the Eleven-plus exam. … Read More


1957 15 Years Old In 1957 he reportedly obtained seven O-level passes, then he continued into the sixth form and obtained a further two O-levels. … Read More
1959 17 Years Old 1 More Event
In late summer 1959, Jones's 17-year-old girlfriend, a Cheltenham schoolgirl named Valerie Corbett, became pregnant. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1961, Jones applied for a scholarship to Cheltenham Art College. … Read More


Jones placed an advertisement in Jazz News (a Soho club information sheet) of 2 May 1962 inviting musicians to audition for a new R&B group at the Bricklayer's Arms pub; pianist Ian "Stu" Stewart was the first to respond. … Read More
1963 21 Years Old According to Oldham in his book Stoned, Jones was an outsider from the beginning. When the first tours were arranged in 1963, he travelled separately from the band, stayed at different hotels, and demanded extra pay. … Read More
1964 22 Years Old On 23 July 1964 another woman, Linda Lawrence, gave birth to Jones's fourth child, Julian Brian. … Read More
1965 23 Years Old In March 1965 Dawn gave birth to Brian's fifth child Paul Molloy, renamed John Maynard by his adoptive parents. … Read More
Jones was arrested for drug possession on 10 May 1967, shortly after the "Redlands" incident at Richards' Sussex home. … Read More
Jones's last substantial sessions with the Stones occurred in spring and summer of 1968 when the Stones produced "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and the Beggars Banquet album. … Read More
Jones's legal troubles, estrangement from his bandmates, substance abuse, and mood swings became too much of an obstacle to his active participation in the band. The Rolling Stones wanted to tour the United States in 1969 for the first time in three years but Jones was not in fit condition to tour and his second arrest exacerbated problems with acquiring a US work visa. … Read More
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