Keith Richards

Guitarist; Songwriter; Singer

Keith Richards is an English musician, songwriter and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine said Richards had created "rock's greatest single body of riffs," ranking him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time.… Read More

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1943 Birth Richards was born 18 December 1943 at Livingston Hospital, in Dartford, Kent, England. … Read More
1954 10 Years Old Richards attended Wentworth Primary School with Mick Jagger and was his neighbour until 1954, when the family moved.


1955 11 Years Old From 1955 to 1959 he attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys. … Read More
1959 15 Years Old In 1959 Richards was expelled from Dartford Tech for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College, where he met Dick Taylor. … Read More
1962 18 Years Old By mid-1962 Richards had left Sidcup Art College to devote himself to music and moved into a London flat with Jagger and Jones.
1963 19 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Rolling Stones signed to Decca Records in 1963 their band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, dropped the s from Richards' surname believing that "Keith Richard", in his words, "looked more pop". … Read More


1965 21 Years Old The first top-ten hit for the Rolling Stones with a Jagger and Richards original was "The Last Time" in early 1965; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (also 1965) was their first international number one recording. … Read More
1966 22 Years Old …  He was credited as producer and musical director on the 1966 album Today's Pop Symphony, one of manager Andrew Loog Oldham's side projects, although there are doubts about how much Richards was actually involved with it.
On the Rolling Stones' 1967 album Their Satanic Majesties Request the entire band was credited as producer, but since 1974, Richards and Mick Jagger have frequently co-produced Rolling Stones' and other artists' records under the name "the Glimmer Twins", often in collaboration with other producers. … Read More


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In the 1970s Richards worked outside the Rolling Stones with Ronnie Wood on several occasions, contributing guitar, piano and vocals to Wood's first two solo albums and joining him on stage for two July 1974 concerts to promote I've Got My Own Album to Do.
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During 1976 and '77, Richards played on and co-produced John Phillips's solo recording Pay Pack & Follow (released in 2001). … Read More
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…  Many of the band's unreleased songs and studio jam sessions are widely bootlegged, as are numerous Richards solo recordings, including his 1977 Toronto studio sessions, some 1981 studio sessions and tapes made during his 1983 wedding trip to Mexico. … Read More
1978 34 Years Old Richards was tried in October 1978, pleading guilty to possession of heroin. … Read More
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Although the prosecution had filed an appeal of the sentence, Richards performed two CNIB benefit concerts at Oshawa Civic Auditorium on 22 April 1979; both shows featured the Rolling Stones and the New Barbarians. … Read More


On 27 April 2006, while in Fiji, Richards slipped off the branch of a dead tree (later to be reported by the international press as a coconut tree) and suffered a head injury. … Read More
On 12 March 2007 Richards attended the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony to induct the Ronettes; he also played guitar during the ceremony's all-star jam session. … Read More
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In March 2008 fashion house Louis Vuitton unveiled an advertising campaign featuring a photo of Richards with his ebony Gibson ES-355, taken by photographer Annie Leibovitz. … Read More
In August 2009, Richards was ranked No. 4 in Time magazines list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.
2010 66 Years Old On 15 October 2010, the Associated Press published an article stating that Richards refers to Mick Jagger as "unbearable" in the book and notes that their relationship has been strained "for decades".
A third album from Richards, Crosseyed Heart, was released in September 2015.
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