After Mick and
Keith met in the train from Dartford to
London in 1960 it would take two more years
before they really took of as a band. July
12, 1962 Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian
Jones, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor and Mick
Avory (later the drummer for The Kinks)
played at The Marquee. Later that year Bill
Wyman replaces Dick Taylor and beginning
'63 Charlie Watts joins the Band for Mick
Avory. In april-may 1963 they sign a contract
with Decca under the management of Andrew
Loog Oldham. Oldham places Ian Stewart (Stu)
outside the band (Stu will act as a studio-mucision,
road-manager and 'older brother' until his
untimely death in 1985).
In this phase
they start of as a rhythm & blues coverband
with hits like Route '66,
Not Fade Away, Time
is on My Side, Around and Around and
It's All Over Now.
Just to name a few! Based on their 'heroes'
Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters,
Jimmy Reed, Howlin Wolf, and so on.
Jagger & Richards to start writing their
own songs. At first the produced typical
"pop"songs but in 1965 they had
learned to write the first real Stones-hits:
Heart Of Stone,
The Last Time,
Get Off Off My Cloud
en Paint It Black in
1966. In that year their first album with
only Jagger & Richards songs appeared:
In 1965 Allen Klein becomes the "co-manager"
of the Stones.
'made the band'
(Mick Jagger). It put them on the map next
to the Beatles. In the press it seemed a
harsh competition between the two bands.
In reality they had good contact (even as
far as phoning each other when they would
plan to bring out their next single-releases).
In 1967 the first drugs arrests take place.
Brian Jones is even sentenced to 9 months
jail, but the sentence is revoked. The position
of Brian in the band is worsening. During
the recordings of "Their
Satanic Majesties Requests"
drugs play an eminent role. Andrew Oldham
leaves halfway these recordings. One of
their worst albums is the result.
After the tour
in '67 they will not play again for two
and a half years. During that time Keith
learns to play different styles and new
licks of guitarplaying.