joi, 9 august 2007

Introduction to The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are a band of English origins that have influenced hundreds of artists through their combination of rhythm and blues, blues and rock. The band is mainly considered to be a rock band and they were founded in 1962 by Brian Jones. Eventually the line up changed and The Rolling Stones ended up being led by a partnership between lead singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards.

In 1969, during their American tour, the Rolling Stones were presented to the audience as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World", a name that sticked, was used several years after and is still popular today. Their music is very popular among all generations and they sold over 200 million albums across the world.

In 1989 The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (a museum located in Cleveland that is built to recognize the history of the best-known and most influential personalities in the music industry with a focus on Rock and Roll) and in 2004 Rolling Stones magazine ranked them as number 4 in the "Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The three names that topped The Rolling Stones are The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley. The top 10 also includes important artists like Ray Charles, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Hendrix and James Brown.

The Rolling Stones are very important in rock history and music history in general and have appeared in a time when The Beatles held the stage. The latter band was viewed as perfection but the Stones came with sloppier dressings and an attitude that made people connect with them by considering them individuals just like them.

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