Born: 18 December 1943
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England
Best Known As: Guitarist for the Rolling Stones
Keith Richards and a schoolmate, Mick Jagger, fell in together in the early 1960s and formed a band with Brian Jones. Losing and adding a few other band members along the way, The Rolling Stones made a name for themselves when their up-tempo covers (such as their version of Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away,") hit the charts in 1963 and 1964. In 1965 Richards and Jagger started writing their own songs and the hits piled up, fueled by Richards' bluesy, chunky guitar riffs. The Stones went on to a legendary career, recording and performing for the next three decades, and Richards lived up to their bad-boy image: hard-partying and indestructibility became his hallmark. The Rolling Stones' hits included "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Honky-Tonk Woman," " "Miss You" and "Start Me Up." In 1988 Richards released his first solo album, and since then he has worked both with the Stones and on other solo projects.
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