Rolling Stones Overview
This is a review of The Rolling Stones Greatest Hits and their care
er as a rock band. The Rolling Stones are an English rock band that was formed in 1962, in London. They were a part of the British Invasion in 1964-1965 in the United States. This group played a major role in making blues a part of rock and roll. In their career they have sold over 250 million copies making them one of the all-time best selling rock bands in history. This is the rest of their story…
The first settled line-up had Brian Jones on guitar and harmonica, Ian Stewart on piano, Mick Jagger on lead vocals and harmonica, Keith Richards on guitar and backing vocals, Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums. Jones left the band about a month prior to his death in 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor, who was replaced by Ronnie Wood in 1975. Since Wyman’s departure in 1993, bassist Darryl Jones has been a collaborator rather than an actual band member.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates in Dartford, Kent until the Jaggers moved to Wilmington. Jagger had formed a garage band with Dick Taylor, mainly playing Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley songs. Jagger became reacquainted with Keith Richards in 1960 at Dartford railway stations. The Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records Jagger had in his hands revealed a mutual interest and prompted their musical partnership. Richards joined Jagger and Taylor and had frequent meetings and when Alan Etherington and Bob Beckwith joined them, they agreed on the name “Blue Boys” in late 1961.
Building A Following
Jagger, Richards and Jones with Stewart and Dick Taylor on bass billed as “the Rollin’ Stones” a name they got from a Muddy Waters album song “Rollin’ Stone”. They played their first gig on July 12, 1962, at the Marquee Club. The material used was Chicago blues Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs. Bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts the following January 1963 to form the band’s long-standing rhythm section. The Rolling Stones’ then acting manager Giorgio Gomelsky secured a Sunday afternoon residency at the Crawdaddy Club.
The Rolling Stones signed manager Andrew Loog Oldham, a publicist who was directed to the band by previous clients the Beatles. He changed the group’s name from “the Rollin’ Stones” to “the Rolling Stones”. They signed with Decca Records with favorable terms which let them use non-Decca recording studios. They used Regent Sound Studios because of their low rates. The first album The Rolling Stones recorded was at Regent Sound Studios.
The Rolling Stones first Hot 100 charted single in the US was “Not Fade Away” at #48 and was on the charts for 13 weeks from their album “England’s Newest Hit Makers” in 1964. The group’s first top 40 hit was “Tell Me” #24 in July, 1964, from the album “The Rolling Stones”. Their first top ten hit was “Time Is On My Side” #6 in September, 1964, from the album “12×5”. Their next top ten hit was “The Last Time” #9 from the album “Out of Our Heads” in March, 1965. This same album also produced the group’s most famous hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” which went to #1 for four weeks in June, 1965. The song was selected as Billboards number one record for that year. The “Rolling Stone Magazine” rated this song as their #2 of all-time on their top 500 songs list.
The groups next hit “Get Off My Cloud” went to #1 for two weeks in October 1965 for their second #1 hit. They followed this song with “As Tears Go By” #6 and “19th Nervous Breakdown” #2 in early 1966. Their next single release was “Paint It Black” the group’s third #1 hit and stayed on top of the charts for two weeks in June, 1966. In 1967, the group had their 4th #1 hit “Ruby Tuesday” which was number one for 1 week.
Between 1967 and 1969, the group had only one top ten hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” #3 on the Hot 100 in 1968. Then in August, 1969, “Honky Tonk Woman” was released and became their 5th number one song and staying there for 4 weeks. Two years later in 1971, they released “Brown Sugar” and went to #1 for their sixth #1 hit for two weeks. In October of 1973, their single “Angie” when to #1 for 1 week and became their 7th number one song. The group’s last number one song was “Miss You” for 1 week in 1976.
The Rolling Stones last top ten singe on the Hot 100 chart is “Mixed Emotions” #5 in 1989. Their last Hot 100 single is “Sympathy For The Devil” #97 in 2003.
All told, the Rolling Stones had 60 singles to chart on the Hot 100, 25 studio albums, 17 live albums, 26 compilation albums, and three extended play singles. They had 8 #1’s, 23 Top 10, 30 Top 20, 41 Top 40 hits. They also had 36 top ten albums.
Billboard ranks The Rolling Stones as the #13 artist 1960-1969, the #31 artist 1970-1979, #49 artist 1980-1989, and #10 artist of all time from 1955-2010.
Top Ten & Number One Songs
Below is a complete listing of all of The Rolling Stones top ten hits and number one songs in chronological order. The number of weeks at #1, #2, & #3 are in (). The number one songs are in bold.
- Time is On My Side – October 17, 1964 #6
- The Last Time – March 27, 1965 #9
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – August 23, 1965 #1 (4)
- Get Off My Cloud – November 6, 1965 #1 (2)
- As Tears Go By – December 25, 1965 #6
- 19th Nervous Breakdown – February 26, 1966 #2 (3)
- Paint It Black – June 11, 1966 #1 (2)
- Mothers Little Helper – July 9, 1966 #8
- Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Sanding In The Shadow? – October 10, 1966 #9
- Ruby Tuesday – March 4, 1967 #1 (1)
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash – June 8, 1968 #3 (3)
- Honky Tonk Women – August 23, 1969 #1 (4)
- Brown Sugar – May 29, 1971 #1 (2)
- Tumbling Dice – April 29, 1972 #7
- Angie – October 20, 1973 #1 (1)
- Fool To Cry – April 24, 1976 #10
- Miss You – August 5, 1978 #1 (1)
- Beast Of Burden – September 9, 1978 #8
- Emotional Rescue – July 5, 1980 #3 (2)
- Start Me Up – August 22, 1981 #2 (3)
- Undercover Of The Night – November 12, 1983 #9
- Harlem Shuffle March 15, 1986 #5
- Mixed Emotions – September 2, 1989 #5
Shop The Rolling Stones Greatest Hits
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Very Best of the Rolling Stones 1964-1971 16 Tracks
Jump Back: The Best of the Rolling Stones 1971-1993 18 Tracks
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