Keith Richards
English musician
Keith Richards
Keith Richards is an English musician, songwriter, and founder member of The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine said Richards has created "rock's greatest single body of riffs", and has named him the 10th greatest guitarist of all time. Fourteen songs written by Richards and songwriting partner Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones' lead vocalist, are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
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CultureZohn: I Spent New Year's Eve In Bed With Warren Beatty
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Ok, so you know the drill by now. I'm home, it's almost 2017, and I need to crawl into bed with someone exciting, sexy, dynamic, legendary, to lift myself up over the hulking mess of New Year's Eve. This year, I knew had to think big, really really big, especially big, to face down the looming disaster of 45. I combed the bestseller list for a Keith Richards or Richard Burton-equivalent (my previous NY eve boon companions), and all I could come up with was Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson and no offense, I've never been a Bruce babe and as much as I like Music from Big Pink, after seeing the Scorcese docu I found Robbie a wee bit self-important and limelight-stealing from his fellow Band members. As I was pondering this biggest of date nights, Carrie Fisher died, and I, like many others, rewound her career and came upon her first acting gig in Shampoo, and there he was staring me in the face. Warren! Warren could help me enter 2017 and get me some moxie back: if anyone ...
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TOP NEW YEAR'S RESOLU-SHUNS: The People's Guide.
Huffington Post - about 2 months
2017 is finally here. Thank goodness 2016 is finally over. No matter who you supported, the election was brutal, scandalous and seemed to consume any and all news coverage in 2016. The only time we seemed to get a break from it was when yet another celebrity was taken from us. It just seemed like a train wreck of endless tragedy up until the very end of the year. Speaking of celebrities-has anyone checked on Betty White and Keith Richards? We need an update on their vitals-STAT! In light of a ridiculously tough year in 2016 and a new incoming administration, I think it might be time to lighten up a little and give ourselves a little bit of a break. Trump: HAPPY NUKE YEAR! Aide: Sir? T: What?! A: It's 'New Year'. T: That's what I said-Nuke Year. A: It's Nuke but without the K. T: pic.twitter.com/CWSHm8pvRZ — The Cultured Ruffian (@CulturedRuffian) December 31, 2016 We all love Christmas, but some of us can tend to get a little carried away with it. Some of our tradi ...
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How Hit Pop Songs Became The Soundtrack Of American History
Huffington Post - 3 months
Learning the history of pop music in America is inherently a fun exercise.  These are songs, after all, that were made for easy recall, with hooks and rhythms that speak of universal feelings: love, loss, and good times. Marc Myers’ Anatomy of a Song — a spinoff of his Wall Street Journal column where he interviewed major musicians (think Debbie Harry, Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards and Smokey Robinson) to learn the origin stories of some of the most-well known songs over five decades — reads like a dream karaoke playlist. Not a dud in sight.  Of the 45 songs featured in Myers’ book, I was alive for the release of just two: Bonnie Raitt’s “Nick of Time” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” Reading his book, this fact is irrelevant. The tunes and lyrics of “My Girl,” “London Calling,” “Suspicious Minds,” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and countless other timeless tunes swirled in my head as I read. Where did this knowledge come from, if not direct lived experience? How do these songs ...
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What’s on TV Sunday: Mariah Carey, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards All Appear
NYTimes - 3 months
Mariah Carey takes viewers on a global tour in “Mariah’s World.” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards ponder their pasts, presents and futures on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
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Keith Richards Fast Facts
CNN - 3 months
Read CNN's Fast Facts on musician, songwriter, author, and founding member of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards.
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Keith Richards: 'Get a maid'
Fox News - 3 months
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The 5 Best Celebrity-Owned Resorts
Huffington Post - 4 months
For Condé Nast Traveler, by Paul Rubio. From Marlon Brando’s reworked private island paradise to Francis Ford Coppola’s secret Guatemala retreat, here are ten of our favorite celebrity-backed resorts across the world. 1. The Brando, French Polynesia The spirit of legendary American actor, film director — and environmental steward — Marlon Brando is immortalized at Tetiaroa, his beloved private atoll in French Polynesia, which now houses this 35-villa, eco-conscious (yet ultra-luxe) retreat, one of the Pacific’s greenest hotel projects to date. See our list of celebrity villas you can rent (or buy) right now 2. GoldenEye Resort, Jamaica Chris Blackwell has produced music for Bob Marley and U2, but he is also famous for his Island Outpost hotel collection in Jamaica, which includes this waterfront resort, an adaptive reuse of Ian Fleming’s former home that was expanded in spring 2016 with 26 new beach huts. 3. La Lancha, Guatemala This ten-room boutique lodg ...
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards visit Cuba in rock doc 'The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America'
LATimes - 5 months
Technically more a travelogue than a traditional concert film, Paul Dugdale’s “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America” is an intimate chronicle of the band’s 2016 tour leading up to their historic Cuban concert. As the Stones travel from Argentina, where the enjoy a particularly...
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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards visit Cuba in rock doc 'The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America'
LATimes - 5 months
Technically more a travelogue than a traditional concert film, Paul Dugdale’s “The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America” is an intimate chronicle of the band’s 2016 tour leading up to their historic Cuban concert. As the Stones travel from Argentina, where the enjoy a particularly...
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The Trump Reality Show
Huffington Post - 5 months
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been a disgrace to his party and an embarrassment to the nation. He has consistently demonstrated that he does not have the temperament, judgment, background or humility to lead our country. For more that a year, the Trump campaign has been run like a reality show. It has been filled with drama, controversy and interesting characters that often mask over the weaknesses of its golden-haired impresario. Despite his many apparent flaws, Trump was able to defeat all of his GOP opponents, every one of whom is more qualified than he to be president. Trump's campaign road show travels from town to town playing before large crowds that enthusiastically cheer his boisterous rhetoric and divisive bombast. He plays on the fears and concerns of his supporters like Keith Richards plays his Telecaster. "You can't always get what you want," can be heard over speaker systems at the end of his rallies. And Trump has many believing he may be w ...
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Richards and Woods premiere Stones doc at TIFF
Reuters.com - 5 months
Rolling Stones members Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood premiere their new documentary which charts their tour of Latin American at TIFF. Rough cut (no reporter narration)
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Keith Richards Wants You to Shine a Light on His $12M NYC Penthouse
Fox News - 11 months
The iconic Rolling Stones guitarist and his wife, model Patti Hansen, are selling their penthouse duplex in the apartment building at One Fifth Avenue. The post Keith Richards Wants You to Shine a Light on His $12M NYC Penthouse appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Here Are The Best Dressed Famous Guys Of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
If there's one thing to learn from the best-dressed famous guys of 2015, it's that you'll look your best if you pay attention to the details and stay true to yourself. Look at Shamir Bailey's patterns and Keith Richards' jewelry; Father John Misty's sunglasses-beard combo and how Adele's casually preppy bodyguard could literally knock you out. Here, because it's that time of year, we ranked the best of them and give you tips on how to do it yourself. Also on HuffPost: (function(){var src_url="https://spshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?playList=519289998&height=&width=100&sid=577&origin=SOLR&videoGroupID=155847&relatedNumOfResults=100&responsive=true&ratio=wide&align=center&relatedMode=2&relatedBottomHeight=60&companionPos=&hasCompanion=false&autoStart=false&colorPallet=%23FFEB00&videoControlDisplayColor=%23191919&shuffle=0&isAP=1&pgType=cmsPlugin&pgTypeId=addToPost-top&onVideoDataL ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keith Richards
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    His opinion had softened by 2015, still calling Jagger a "snob" (and giving supporting evidence from Jagger's daughter), but adding "I still love him dearly... your friends don't have to be perfect."
    More Details Hide Details Richards has a collection of approximately 3,000 guitars. Even though he has used many different guitar models, in a 1986 Guitar World interview Richards joked that no matter what model he plays, "give me five minutes and I'll make 'em all sound the same." Richards has often thanked Leo Fender, and other guitar manufacturers for making the instruments, as he did during the induction ceremony of the Rolling Stones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of his notable instruments are: Richards' amplifier preferences have changed repeatedly, but he is a long-time proponent of using low-powered amps in the studio, getting clarity plus distortion by using two amps, a larger one such as a Fender Twin run clean, along with a Fender Champ, which is overdriven. To record Crosseyed Heart, Richards used a stock tweed Fender Champ with 8" speaker coupled with a modified Fender Harvard.
    In a 2015 interview with the New York Daily News, Richards expressed his dislike for Rap and hip hop, deeming them for "tone deaf" people and consisting of "a drum beat and somebody yelling over it" In the same interview he called Metallica and Black Sabbath "great jokes" and bemoaned the lack of syncopation in most rock and roll, claiming it "sounds like a dull thud to me".
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    A third album from Richards, Crosseyed Heart, was released in September 2015.
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  • 2010
    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".
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In 2009, a book of Richards' quotations was published, titled What Would Keith Richards Do?: Daily Affirmations from a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2007 Richards signed a publishing deal for his autobiography, Life, which was released 26 October 2010.
    On 17 October 2009, Richards received the Rock Immortal Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2009 awards ceremony at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; the award was presented by Johnny Depp. "I liked the living legend, that was all right," Richards said, referring to an award he received in 1989, "but immortal is even better."
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    In September 2009 Richards told Rolling Stone magazine that in addition to anticipating a new Rolling Stones album, he had done some recording with Jack White: "I enjoy working with Jack," he said. "We’ve done a couple of tracks."
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    In August 2009, Richards was ranked No. 4 in Time magazines list of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time.
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  • 2008
    On 28 October 2008 Richards appeared at the Musicians' Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, joining the newly inducted Crickets on stage for performances of "Peggy Sue", "Not Fade Away" and "That'll Be the Day".
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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.
    More Details Hide Details Richards donated the fee for his involvement to the Climate Project, an organisation for raising environmental awareness.
  • 2007
    Richards made a cameo appearance as Captain Teague, the father of Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp), in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, released in May 2007, and won the Best Celebrity Cameo award at the 2007 Spike Horror Awards for the role.
    More Details Hide Details Depp has stated that he based many of Sparrow's mannerisms on Richards. Richards reprised his role in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, released in May 2011.
    Doris Richards, Richards' 91-year-old mother, died of cancer in England on 21 April 2007.
    More Details Hide Details An official statement released by a family representative stated that Keith kept a vigil by her bedside during her last days.
    In an April 2007 interview for NME magazine, music journalist Mark Beaumont asked Richards what the strangest thing he ever snorted was, and quoted him as replying: "My father.
    More Details Hide Details I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive." In the media uproar that followed, Richards' manager said that the anecdote had been meant as a joke; Beaumont told Uncut magazine that the interview had been conducted by international telephone and that he had misquoted Richards at one point (reporting that Richards had said he listens to Motörhead, when what he had said was Mozart), but that he believed the ash-snorting anecdote was true. Musician Jay Farrar from the band Son Volt wrote a song titled 'Cocaine And Ashes', which was inspired by Richards' drug habits.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details On 26 February 2012, Richards paid tribute to fellow musicians Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen who were the recipients of the first annual PEN Awards for songwriting excellence at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • 2006
    Among these, he has appeared with Norah Jones in a tribute concert for Gram Parsons in 2006 playing guitar and singing a duet, "Love Hurts".
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    In August 2006 Richards was granted a pardon by Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee for a 1975 reckless driving citation.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Richards played Captain Edward Teague in At World's End, the third film in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. In 2011, he played Captain Edward Teague again in the fourth film Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. See also List of Pirates of the Caribbean characters. In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently underwent cranial surgery at a New Zealand hospital. The incident delayed the Rolling Stones' 2006 European tour for six weeks and forced the band to reschedule several shows. The revised tour schedule included a brief statement from Richards apologising for "falling off my perch." The band made up most of the postponed dates in 2006, and toured Europe in 2007 to make up the remainder. In a video message in late 2013 as part of the On Fire tour, Richards gave his thanks to the surgeons in New Zealand who treated him, remarking that "I left half my brain there."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1983
    They married on 18 December 1983, Richards' 40th birthday, and have two daughters, Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole, born in 1985 and 1986 respectively.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2014, it was reported that Richards was writing a children's book with Theodora, Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. Theodora was reported as contributing pen and ink illustrations for the book, which was inspired by the man she's named after (Richards' grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree). Richards still owns Redlands, the Sussex estate he purchased in 1966, as well as a home in Weston, Connecticut and another in the private resort island of Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos. His primary home is in Weston. In June 2013, Richards said that he would retire with his family to Parrot Cay or Jamaica if he knew his death was coming. Keith Richards has five grandchildren, three from his son Marlon and two from his daughter Angela. He is an avid reader with a strong interest in history and owns an extensive library. An April 2010 article revealed that Richards yearns to be a librarian.
  • 1982
    His parents divorced about the same time, resulting in his staying close to his mother and remaining estranged from his father until 1982.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Later in 1979, Richards met his future wife, model Patti Hansen.
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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.
    More Details Hide Details In September 1979 the Ontario Court of Appeal upheld the original sentence.
  • 1978
    Richards was tried in October 1978, pleading guilty to possession of heroin.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a suspended sentence and put on probation for one year, with orders to continue treatment for heroin addiction and to perform a benefit concert on behalf of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind after a blind fan testified on his behalf.
  • 1977
    On 27 February 1977, while Richards was staying in a Toronto hotel, then known as the Harbour Castle Hilton on Queen's Quay East, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found heroin in his room and charged him with "possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking" – an offence that at that time could result in prison sentences of seven years to life under the Narcotic Control Act.
    More Details Hide Details His passport was confiscated and Richards and his family remained in Toronto until 1 April, when Richards was allowed to enter the United States on a medical visa for treatment for heroin addiction. The charge against him was later reduced to "simple possession of heroin". For the next two years, Richards lived under threat of criminal sanction. Throughout this period he remained active with the Rolling Stones, recording their biggest-selling studio album, Some Girls, and touring North America.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Music journalist Nick Kent attached to Richards Lord Byron's epithet of "mad, bad, and dangerous to know". Jagger thought that Richards' image had "contributed to him becoming a junkie". In 1994 Richards said his image was "like a long shadow... Even though that was nearly twenty years ago, you cannot convince some people that I'm not a mad drug addict." In 2010, journalist Peter Hitchens wrote of Richards that he is "a capering streak of living gristle who ought to be exhibited as a warning to the young of what drugs can do to you even if you're lucky enough not to choke on your own vomit." Richards' notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s and his candour about using heroin and other substances. Richards has been tried on drug-related charges five times: in 1967, twice in 1973, in 1977, and in 1978. The first trial - the only one involving a prison sentence - resulted from a February 1967 police raid on Redlands, Richards' Sussex estate, where he and some friends, including Jagger, were spending the weekend. The subsequent arrest of Richards and Jagger put them on trial before the British courts, while also exposing them to public opinion. On 29 June 1967, Jagger was sentenced to three months' imprisonment for possession of four amphetamine tablets. Richards was found guilty of allowing cannabis to be smoked on his property and sentenced to one year in prison.
  • 1976
    Their third child, a son named Tara Jo Jo Gunne (after Richards' and Pallenberg's friend Guinness heir Tara Browne), died on 6 June 1976 at just over two months old of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
    More Details Hide Details Richards was away on tour at the time, something he said has haunted him since. He was criticised at the time for performing that night after learning of the death, but he later said it was the only way he could cope.
    During 1976 and '77, Richards played on and co-produced John Phillips's solo recording Pay Pack & Follow (released in 2001).
    More Details Hide Details In 1979 he toured the US with the New Barbarians, the band that Wood put together to promote his album Gimme Some Neck; he and Wood also contributed guitar and backing vocals to "Truly" on Ian McLagan's 1979 album Troublemaker (re-released in 2005 as Here Comes Trouble). Since the 1980s Richards has made more frequent guest appearances. In 1981 he played on reggae singer Max Romeo's album Holding Out My Love to You. He has worked with Tom Waits on three occasions, adding guitar and backing vocals to Waits' album Rain Dogs (1985); co-writing, playing and sharing the lead vocal on "That Feel" on Bone Machine (1992); and adding guitar and vocals to Bad As Me (2011). In 1986 Richards produced and played on Aretha Franklin's rendition of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and served as musical producer and band leader (or, as he phrased it, "S&M director") for the Chuck Berry film Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.
  • 1974
    In December 1974 Richards also made a guest appearance at a Faces concert.
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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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  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Richards maintains cordial relations with Italian-born actress Anita Pallenberg, the mother of his first three children. Richards and Pallenberg, who never married, were a couple from 1967 to 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have a son, Marlon Leon Sundeep (named after the actor Marlon Brando), born in 1969, and a daughter, Angela (originally named Dandelion), born in 1972.
    Notable exceptions were when Richards, along with Mick Jagger and numerous other guests, sang on the Beatles' 1967 TV broadcast of "All You Need Is Love"; and when he played bass with John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Ivry Gitlis and Yoko Ono as the Dirty Mac for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special, filmed in 1968.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Since the 1980s Richards has chalked up numerous production and co-production credits on projects with other artists including Aretha Franklin, Johnnie Johnson and Ronnie Spector, as well as on his own albums with the X-Pensive Winos (see below). In the 1990s Richards co-produced and added guitar and vocals to a recording of nyabinghi Rastafarian chanting and drumming entitled "Wingless Angels", released on Richards' own record label, Mindless Records, in 1997. Richards has released few solo recordings. His first solo single released in 1978 was versions of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". In 1987, after Jagger pursued a solo recording and touring career, Richards formed the "X-pensive Winos" with co-songwriter and co-producer Steve Jordan, whom Richards assembled for his Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll. Additional members of the X-pensive Winos included guitarist Waddy Wachtel, saxophonist Bobby Keys, keyboardist Ivan Neville and Charley Drayton on bass. The first Winos' record, Talk Is Cheap, also featured Bernie Worrell, Bootsy Collins and Maceo Parker. Since its release, Talk Is Cheap has gone gold and has sold consistently. Its release was followed by the first of the two US tours Richards has done as a solo artist. Live at the Hollywood Palladium, 15 December 1988 documents the first of these tours. In 1992 the Winos' second studio record Main Offender was released, and was also followed by a tour.
  • 1966
    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.
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  • 1965
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Richards has stated that the "Satisfaction" riff came to him in his sleep; he woke up just long enough to record it on a cassette player by his bed. Since Aftermath (1966) most Rolling Stones albums have consisted mainly of Jagger and Richards originals. Their songs reflect the influence of blues, R&B, rock & roll, pop, soul, gospel and country, as well as forays into psychedelia and Dylanesque social commentary. Their work in the 1970s and beyond has incorporated elements of funk, disco, reggae and punk. Richards has also written and recorded slow torchy ballads, such as "All About You" (1980). In his solo career, Richards has often shared co-writing credits with drummer and co-producer Steve Jordan. Richards has said, "I've always thought songs written by two people are better than those written by one. You get another angle on it."
  • 1963
    Richards and Jagger began their songwriting partnership in 1963 at the insistence of manager Andrew Loog Oldham who saw no long career in playing covers. The earliest Jagger/Richards collaborations were recorded by other artists, including Gene Pitney, whose rendition of "That Girl Belongs to Yesterday" was their first top-ten single in the UK. They scored another top-ten hit in 1964 with the debut single written for Marianne Faithfull, "As Tears Go By."
    More Details Hide Details Richards recalls: "We were writing these terrible pop songs that were becoming top ten hits... They had nothing to do with us, except we wrote 'em."
    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".
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1970s Richards re-established the s in his surname. Stewart said Richards was the Rolling Stones' bandleader, and Richards says his job is "oiling the machinery." Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood say that while most bands follow the drummer, the Rolling Stones, Wyman says, have "no way of 'not' following" Richards. Chris Spedding calls Richards' guitar playing "direct, incisive and unpretentious". Richards says he is focused on chords and rhythms while avoiding flamboyant and competitive virtuosity by not trying to be the "fastest gun in the west." Richards prefers teaming with at least one other guitarist and has almost never toured without one. Chuck Berry has been an inspiration for Richards, and with Jagger, he introduced Berry's songs to the Rolling Stones' early repertoire. In the late 1960s Jones' declining contributions led Richards to record all guitar parts on many tracks, including slide guitar. Jones' replacement Mick Taylor played guitar with the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974. Taylor's virtuosity on lead guitar led to a pronounced separation between lead and rhythm guitar roles, most notably onstage. In 1975 Taylor was replaced by Wood, whose arrival marked a return to a guitar interplay Richards called "the ancient art of weaving," which he and Jones had gleaned from the Chicago Blues artists.
  • 1962
    By mid-1962 Richards had left Sidcup Art College to devote himself to music and moved into a London flat with Jagger and Jones.
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  • 1959
    In 1959 Richards was expelled from Dartford Tech for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College, where he met Dick Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details At Sidcup he was diverted from his studies proper and devoted more time to playing guitar with other students in the boys' room. At this point Richards had learned most of Chuck Berry's solos. Richards met Jagger on a train as Jagger was heading for classes at the London School of Economics. The mail-order rhythm & blues albums from Chess Records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters that Jagger was carrying revealed a mutual interest and led to a renewal of their friendship. Along with mutual friend Dick Taylor, Jagger was singing in an amateur band: Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys, which Richards soon joined. The Blues Boys folded when Brian Jones, after sharing thoughts on their joint interest in the blues music, invited Mick and Keith to the Bricklayers Arms pub, where they then met Ian Stewart.
  • 1955
    From 1955 to 1959 he attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys.
    More Details Hide Details Recruited by Dartford Tech's choirmaster, R. W. "Jake" Clare, Richards sang in a trio of boy sopranos at, among other occasions, Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1954
    Richards attended Wentworth Primary School with Mick Jagger and was his neighbour until 1954, when the family moved.
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  • 1943
    Richards was born 18 December 1943 at Livingston Hospital, in Dartford, Kent, England.
    More Details Hide Details He is the only child of Doris M. L. (née Dupree) and Herbert W. Richards. His father was a factory worker who was injured in World War II during the Normandy invasion. Richards' paternal grandparents, Ernie and Eliza Richards, were socialists and civic leaders, who he credited as "more or less creat(ing) the Walthamstow Labour Party", whilst Eliza also became mayor of the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow in London in 1941. His great-grandfather's family originated from Wales. His maternal grandfather, Augustus Theodore "Gus" Dupree, who toured Britain with a jazz big band, Gus Dupree and his Boys, fostered Richards' interest in guitar. Richards has said that it was Dupree who gave him his first guitar. His grandfather ‘teased’ the young Richards with a guitar that was on a shelf that Richards couldn’t reach at the time. Finally Dupree told Richards, that if Richards could reach the guitar then he could have it. Richards then devised all manner of ways of reaching the guitar, putting books and cushions on a chair and finally got the guitar and his grandfather let him have it. His grandfather taught him the rudiments of Richards' first tune, “Malagueña”. He worked on the number ‘like mad’ and then his grandfather let him keep the guitar. He called it ‘the prize of the century’. Richards played at home, listening to recordings by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others.
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