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Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were school friends who developed a mutual love of rhythm and blues and adapted it to express their teenage rebellion. Encouraged by UK bluesman Alexis Korner, The Rolling Stones built a following at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, London, settling into a line-up of Jagger, Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts. Their flamboyant manager and publicist Andrew Loog Oldham signed them to Decca Records, marketing their controversial bad boy image, while Jagger and Richards established an explosive songwriting partnership.

The band's first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's 'Come On', despite only being sold at a limited number of record stores, reached number 21 in the UK Singles Chart. As the band began to branch out of their native London, their second single, the Lennon-McCartney penned 'I Wanna Be Your Man', reached the number 12 spot in the charts, followed by their third single, Buddy Holly's 'Not Fade Away', which got to number three.

During the mid to late-1960s, the band achieved their most success, with four albums making number one. In July 1969, after news of a highly publicised drug addition, Brian Jones died in mysterious circumstances, his body being discovered in his swimming pool at his home in Sussex. Two days after Jones's death, the band performed a scheduled concert in Hyde Park as a tribute to their former band mate.

When Mick Taylor quit in 1974, Faces guitarist Ronnie Wood stepped into his shoes as guitarist. The band's big break into America came in 1978 when their release 'Some Girls' reached number one. The rock & roll feel of the album spoke to Americans at this time and secured the Stones' place in the Billboard Charts.

In 1989 the band announced a comeback with the release of 'Steel Wheels'. Another hiatus followed, with Wyman's departure announced shortly after. 1994 saw the band regroup for the Voodoo Lounge Tour although they continued to put out solo releases as well as group albums. A greatest hits album 'Forty Licks' was released in 2002 featuring all of the band's best-selling hits. The band continues to tour, showing no signs of retiring.

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