It was 1960 when two British lads reunited at the Dartford railway station in Kent, England and proceeded to take the first steps that would rock the world. A young Keith Richards was walking through the terminal when he spied his childhood pal Mick Jagger and recognized by the armful of blues records he carried that he was looking at a kindred spirit. Their collaboration would eventually spawn The Rolling Stones and alter the face of popular music and culture for decades. Inspired by the gritty R & B hits of their American idols, they would soon launch their own unique strain of hoodoo blues, a liberating hedonistic squall that would shape the landscape of Rock and Roll.
By 1963, the Rolling Stones lineup would feature Jagger, Richards, Brian Jones, and the long-term rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman. They performed as a cover band in those early days, playing at various London clubs, and establishing a home base of sorts at the Crawdaddy Club. Their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, eventually convinced Jagger and Richards to compose original songs by locking them in a room with the command to write or die. The duo responded with their first top 10 hit, "The Last Time." Soon afterwards, the band started to achieve their first glimmers of fame, and their mid-1965 release of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" would give The Rolling Stones their first in a long string of international hits. The song perched on top of the US carts for 4 weeks, and they quickly followed up with another #1 hit "Get Off My Cloud," followed shortly by the release of Aftermath, their first LP of original songs.
In the late 1960's, the band was at the peak of their artistic power and commercial success. The four albums released between 1968 and 1972 ("Beggars Banquet," "Let It Bleed," "Sticky Fingers," and "Exile On Main Street") constituted a block of work almost unparalleled in the annals of rock history. However, their success was sometimes overshadowed by notoriety of a less savory type that would hound the band for years. The grisly debacle at Altamont, Keith Richards' various addictions, Brian Jones' death, and various drug-related legal problems would hinder them personally, but even these setbacks would do little to squelch the bands torrid popularity.
Subsequent years would see the band in somewhat of a slump, but they hit their stride again in 1978 with the release of Some Girls, an album that rechanneled the bands signature approach with a flourish of hipness as they glommed onto the sounds of the day. During the following decades, the band would set records for concert grosses and establish themselves once again as standard bearers for Rock and Roll. The Rolling Stones continued their unprecedented run of consistency and achievement in the fickle pop world by celebrating their 50th anniversary, thrilling fans with new music and stellar live performances.