The Rolling Stones is an English group formed in London in 1962 and originally composed of Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart. A group that can boast of having sold around 200 million records to date, just that !
The story begins when Richards and Jagger, two childhood friends, set up a first group called The Blue Boys in 1961. Before meeting a year later in 1962 Jones, Stewart and Watts, members of another group called Blues Incorporated.
A providential meeting which saw the formation a few months later of a new formation called The Rollin’s Stones, which would be quickly joined by 2 other protagonists, Wyman and Watts.
They are first interested in the Decca Records label, the same label that refused to sign another band called…The Beatles ! Label which allows them to release a first title in 1963 "Come on", in truth a cover of a title by Chuck Berry. A successful first title to say the least as it offers them their first ranked title. Followed by little "I wanna be your man", a title offered as a gift by a duo named...Lennon and McCartney !
But the real take off took place the following year in 1964 with the release of the track "Not fade away", another luxury cover this time of a Buddy Holly track. The title gave them their first global success and launched their career for good. The same year their first album was released, an album bearing the name of the group and which in turn enjoyed world-class success.
A year 1964 which will prove to be exceptional in all respects since they obtained 5 new very big hits with the titles "Telle me", "It's all over now", "Time is on my side", "Little red rooster "And" Heart of stone " ! The same year released a second album called "12X5", album which will not really know the same level of success as its predecessor and which will produce in 1965 only a small minor hit with the title "Under the boardwalk", a new cover this time from the Drifters title dating from the previous year.
New album "The Rolling Stones N ° 2" in 1965, album which sees the group return to the front of the stage without producing a notorious hit. This was not the case for the following album, “Out of our heads” which was also released in 1965. Event album of the group, he produced the enormous single “(I cant get no) Satisfaction”, title which will shatter everything in its path to the planetary level and propel the group to a level of notoriety that he would never have imagined before.
A year 1965 which saw the release of another album "December's children (And everybody's)", album with average success but which in turn produced another huge single with the title "Get off of my cloud", thus allowing the group to come one of the biggest musical phenomena of the moment.
New album "Aftermath" a year later in 1966, album which confirms the incredible rise of the group with the release of a new title of very big caliber that is "Paint it black" and to a lesser extent "Mother's little helper”. Year which also sees the release of a first compilation named "Big hits (Hide tide and green grass)", compilation from which will be extracted 2 enormous unpublished which are "19th nervous breakdown" and "Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow ?".
At the rate of one album per year, it was the turn of “Between the Buttons” to come out in 1967, an album with less success than its predecessors, just like the single “Let's spend the night together” which is the first single. Only the next single, "Ruby Tuesday", will experience its heyday, especially with the American public.
A resounding success somewhat tarnished at the beginning of 1967 when Jagger, Richards and Jones were the subject of a TV report chronicling their "recreational" drug use, a report which alerted the British authorities concerned. Authorities who will put them "under enhanced surveillance" suddenly. The result was Jones's mid-year arrest for possession of cannabis and Jagger and Richards incarcerated for a day for drug use.
This does not prevent them from continuing to produce tracks in parallel with the highlight of the release of the track "We love you" during the summer of 67 and the release of a new album "Their satanic majesties request" at the end of 'year. Album demolished by critics but still producing the flagship single will be "She's a rainbow".
Business resumed in 1968 with the release of the album "Beggars banquet" and above all of the single "Jumpin 'Jack flash", an enormous single which added an additional star to an increasingly extensive prize list.
An album that was made almost without the participation of Jones, who fell into drugs and was found dead in 1969 floating in the swimming pool of his personal residence at Hartfield.
The group still manages to release a new album "Let it bleed" at the end of 1969, an album with notorious success but which paradoxically will not produce any hit worthy of the name, except for the title "Gimme shelter" which will be the only title to be draw correctly. Another single “Honkey tonk women” will have its heyday this year, single taken from their new compilation “Through the past, darkly (Big hits, Vol.2)”.
The following decade started off with a bang with the release in 1971 of the album "Sticky fingers", an album that saw the group reach record sales levels, notably thanks to the huge single "Brown sugar". An album whose cover is produced by Andy Warhol. A controversial pouch since it shows the waist and legs of a man wearing tight jeans, jeans with a removable fly. Which, when she got off, reveals the man's underwear ...
This is also the first album to feature their famous red logo representing an open mouth from which an oversized tongue sticks out, a logo designed by John Pasche on Jagger's initiative. A logo inspired in truth by the Hindu goddess Kali...
New album "Exile on Main St." in 1972, album which once again confirms the supremacy of the group on a planetary level but which will produce only one single of planetary class with the title "Tumbling dice".
A planetary supremacy which became insolent the following year when the album "Goats head soup" was released in 1973, an album which produced what would unquestionably remain as their biggest title, namely the enormous "Angie". And to a lesser extent "Doo doo doo doo doo (Heartbraker)".
In 1974 the album "It’s only Rock‘ n Roll "was released, an album which owed its success only to the title" It’s only Rock ‘n Roll (But I like it)". A year 1974 which saw Richards drug use began to pose a serious problem...
Exceptionally, the group will not release a new album in 1975 but the adventure still continues to be beautiful with the release of their new compilation "Metamorphosis", a compilation from which will be extracted two new hits that are "I don't know why” and “Out of time”.
New album "Black and blue" in 1976, album which will mainly produce the single "Fool to cry". A mid-1970s which saw them stagnate somewhat and return more and more to the average level of success encountered by the competition, some critics even going so far as to say that they were outdated or even finished….
New air gap in 1977 but it is to better come back in force in 1978 with the release of the enormous album "Some girls", album which will undoubtedly remain as one of their finest achievements, in particular thanks to the flagship single "Miss you". Single that will literally ignite all Dancefloor on the planet this year and bring them back to the front of the pack in a spectacular way to say the least.
As much as the mid-1970s will have them somewhat unfavorably, the end of the decade will see them bounce back in an impressive fashion. After the success of "Some girls", it was the turn of the album "Emotional rescue" to make talk about it in 1980. Album carried at arm's length by the enormous single which bears the name of the album and to a lesser extent “She's so cold”. The only downside is that more and more tensions are emerging between Jagger and Richards, which does not necessarily bode well for what will happen next ...
These dissensions did not prevent the following album "Tatoo you" from shattering everything in its path in 1981, notably thanks to the title "Start me up", a single which will undoubtedly remain as one of the biggest Dance titles of the decade.
No album in 1982 but a cover particularly inspired by the title of Miracles "Going to a Go-Go" dating from 1965, revisited version which will know its hour of glory that year.
The year 1983 saw the release of the album "Undercover", album with somewhat disappointing success and which only saved the furniture thanks to the single "Undercover of the night". A poor performance that saw the Jagger-Richards rivalry grow to the point where Jagger began to invest more and more in his solo career to the detriment of the group.
As a result, no album release in either 1984 or 1985. Back in 1986 with the album "Dirty Word", album written mainly by Richards. Album from which will be extracted mainly the title "Harlem suffle", new luxury cover this time of the duo title Dob & Earl dating from 1963. And to a lesser extent "One hit (To the body)". An album that sees the group on the verge of breaking up with a Mick Jagger increasingly absent subscribers...
The hatchet was buried in 1989 to produce the album "Steel wheels", an unexpected reunification that produced an album that was inspired to say the least. With the result the release of 3 singles of very big caliber that are "Mixed emotions", "Rock and a hard place" and "Almost hear you sigh".
New big hole 5 years apart from a parenthesis in 1991 which allows the release of the track "Highwire", track from the live album "Flashpoint".
We therefore find them in 1994 for the release of a new album called "Voodoo lounge", a winning return given the success achieved by the album and the 3 flagship singles that will be extracted the same year, namely "Love is strong"," You got me rocking" and "Out of tears". But also "I go wild" which will be released a year later in 1995.
A decade of 90 which will see the release of a new album "Bridges to Babylon" in 1997, album with less success but which will nevertheless produce two new major titles with the singles "Anybody seen my baby ?" in 1997 and "Saint of me" in 1998.
Not much to eat until 2002 when the single "Don’t stop" was released, a single featured in the "Forty licks" compilation.
As for the albums, this time it's an 8 years air hole that will separate the last album from the new one called "A bigger band". Album released in 2005 and which allows the group to once again return to success despite a gradual disappearance of radars that began several years ago. Album which will mainly produce the singles "Streets of love" and "Rain fall down".
The group will continue to exist thereafter but will never again meet the level of success achieved in previous decades. This will not prevent them from releasing a new album "Blue & Lonesome" in 2016, showing by the same as with them, nothing is ever finished !
Case to follow as they say ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Come on 1963
Not fade away 1964
Tell me 1964
It’s all over now 1964
Time is on my side 1964
Little red rooster 1964
Heart of stone 1964
The last time 1965
(I can't get no) Satisfaction 1965
Get off my cloud 1965
As tears goes by 1965
19th nervous breakdown 1966
Paint it, black 1966
Mother’s little helper 1966
Lady Jane 1966
Have you seen your mother, baby, standing in the shadow ? 1966
Let’s spend the night together 1967
Ruby Tuesday 1967
We love you 1967
She’s a rainbow 1967
Jumpin’ Jack Flash 1968
Street fighting man 1968
Sympathy for the devil 1969
Honky tonk women 1969
Brown sugar 1971
Wild horses 1971
Tumbling dice 1972
Doo doo doo doo doo (Heartbraker) 1973
Star star 1974
It’s only Rock ‘n Roll (But I like it) 1974
Ain’t too proud to beg 1974
I don’t know why 1975
Out of time 1975
Fool to cry 1976
Miss you 1978
Beast of Burden 1978
Emotional rescue 1980
She’s so cold 1980
Start me up 1981
Waiting for a friend 1981
Hang fire 1982
Going to a go-go 1982
Undercover of the night 1983
She was hot 1984
Harlem shuffle 1986
Ont hit (To the body) 1986
Mixed emotions 1989
Rock and a hard place 1989
Almost hear you sigh 1990
Love is strong 1994
You got me rocking 1994
Out of tears 1994
I go wild 1995
Like a rolling stone 1995
Anybody seen my baby ? 1997
Saint of me 1998
Out of control 1998
Don’t stop 2002
Streets of love 2005
Rain fall down 2005
Biggest mistake 2006
Plundered my soul 2010
Doom and gloom 2012
Just your fool 2016
Hate to see you go 2016
Living in a ghost town 2020