Rolling Stones

Timeline: The Rolling Stones

Here are some key moments in the history and evolution of the Rolling Stones.

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Oct. 24
Bill Wyman is born in London, England. His birth name is William George Perks.
June 2
Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts is born in Islington, England.
Feb. 28
Brian Jones is born in Cheltenham, England. His birth name is Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones.
July 26
Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is born in Dartford, England.
Dec. 18
Keith Richards is born in Dartford, England.
June 1
Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood is born in Hillingdon, England.
Jan. 17
Michael Kevin "Mick" Taylor is born in Welwyn Garden City.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet. They are classmates at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford, Kent.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards run into each other at a train station near London. Both are on their way to college. They have not seen each other for several years.
Mick Jagger forms a band with guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Tony Chapman, pianist Ian Stewart, bassist Dick Taylor and guitarist Brian Jones.
July 12
The band plays their first gig at the Marquee Club in London. They are billed as The Rollin' Stones.
Dick Taylor leaves the band to go to art school. The following year he forms a band called The Pretty Things. Bill Wyman joins The Rollin' Stones as their new bass player.
Founding member Tony Chapman leaves to form the band The Preachers with Peter Frampton. Charlie Watts joins The Rollin' Stones as their new drummer.
Founding member Ian Stewart is dismissed from the band's line-up. However, Stewart remains the band's road manager and pianist until his death in 1985.
June 7
With a new name, the Rolling Stones, the band releases their first single, a Chuck Berry cover, "Come On." The single will reach #21 on the UK singles chart.
July 13
Due to the success of their first single, the band gets its first gig away from London at a club in Middlesbrough, England. They share the bill with The Hollies.
The band opens for Little Richard, Bo Diddley and The Everly Brothers on a full tour of the United Kingdom. They also release their second single, another cover, this one by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, "I Wanna Be Your Man." The single reaches #12 on the UK singles chart.
The band releases its third single which reaches #3 on the United Kingdom singles chart. The single is a cover of "Not Fade Away" by Buddy Holly.
April 16
The band's first album, The Rolling Stones, is released in the United Kingdom.
May 30
The band's first album is released in the United States where it climbs to #11 on Billboard's album chart. For this release, the album is retitled The Rolling Stones, Enland's Newest Hitmakers.
The Rolling Stones tour the United States for the first time. They also appear on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Hollywood Palace.
Oct. 17
Their second album 12 X 5 is released, but only in the United States.
The Rolling Stones score their first number one song in the United Kingdom with "It's All Over Now," a song written by Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack.
Oct. 1
The Rolling Stones begin their second tour of the United States by performing on the Ed Sullivan Show. Afterwards, Sullivan vows to never have the band back, but the Stones perform on the show six times between 1964 through 1969.
The Stones finally release a single in which both songs are written by Richards and Jagger, "Heart of Stone" and "What a Shame."
Jan. 15
The band releases their next ablum titled The Rolling Stones No. 2 in the United Kingdom. The following month it's released as The Rolling Stones, Now! in the United States. The album includes the single "The Last Time," which becomes the first song written by Jagger and Richards to reach number one in the United Kingdom.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" is released. It becomes an international #1 hit.
July 30
The Rolling Stones release the album Out of Our Heads in the United States. Two months later it is released in the United Kingdom.
Dec. 4
December's Children (And Everbody's) is released. As with all of their 1965 album releases, this one reaches the Top 5 Billboard chart in the United States.
April 15
Aftermath is released in the United Kingdom. Two months later it is released in the United States. It's the first album where all the songs are written by Jagger and Richards.
June 11
"Paint It Black" becomes a number one single in the United States.
Dec. 10
Got Live If You Want It!, the band's first live album is released.
Jan. 20
Between the Buttons is released in the United Kingdom. It's released in the United States the following month.
Feb. 26
"Ruby Tuesday" becomes a hit.
March - April
The Rolling Stones tour Europe.
Dec. 8
The band releases Their Satanic Majesties Request, the first album produced entirely by the Rolling Stones.
Dec. 6
The album, Beggar's Banquet is released. That same month, the band also films The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, but the movie isn't released until 1996.
July 3
Brian Jones drowns in his swimming pool. A few days later a memorial concert is held in his honor. Jones' replacement, Mick Taylor makes his first appearance with the band during the memorial concert.
Aug. 23
"Honky Tonk Woman" becomes a number one hit in the United States.
Nov. - Dec.
The band goes on tour, including 23 dates in the United States.
Dec. 5
Let It Bleed is released.
Sept. 4
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert is released. Their second live album, it spends 16 weeks on the album charts in the United States, peaking at number one.
Aug. - Oct.
The band tours, playing 22 shows in Europe.
The Stones play 17 shows in the United Kingdom.
April 23
Sticky Fingers, the first album on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, is released. The label is set up to also allow the band members to record solo albums.
May 23
"Brown Sugar" becomes a hit.
May 12
Exile on Main St. is released.
June - July
The band embarks on a North American tour of 50 shows. During the tour, two concert films are made. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, which will come out two years later. The second film, Cocksucker Blues is never released.
Jan. - Feb.
The Stones are forced to cancel five shows in Japan when they cannot get visas due to their past drug convictions. However, they do play multiple shows in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Aug. 31
Goats Head Soup is released.
Oct. 14
"Angie" becomes a hit.
Oct. 16
It's Only Rock'n Roll is released.
Mick Taylor leaves the band because he feels he's not getting the songwriting credits he deserves.
Even though he is still a member of Faces, Ronnie Wood replaces Mick Taylor in the Stones. He takes part in the Rolling Stones 1975 tour and all recording sessions.
June - Aug.
The band goes on tour, playing 27 cities throughout North America.
Faces break up and Ronnie Wood becomes a permanent member of the Rolling Stones.
April 23
Black and Blue is released.
April - June
The Stones tour Europe, playing 25 cities.
Sept. 23
Love You Live, the band's third live alubm, is released.
June 9
Some Girls is released.
June - July
The Stones tour the United States again, playing 24 shows.
July 30
"Miss You" becomes a hit.
June 20
Emotional Rescue is released.
Aug. 24
Tattoo You is released.
Sept. - Dec.
The Rolling Stones American Tour includes 51 shows in the United States.
June 1
"Still Life" (American Concert 1981) is released. It is a live album, taped during the Stones 1981 tour in the United States.
May - July
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the band tours Europe, playing 35 shows.
Nov. 7
Undercover is released.
Founding member Ian Stewart dies of a heart attack. He is the band's road manager and pianist at the time of his death.
March 24
Dirty Work is released.
The Rolling Stones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Aug. 29
Steel Wheels is released.
The band launches a massive tour that lasts an entire year. They play 115 shows, touring the United States, Japan and Europe. When the tour ends, Bill Wyman quits the band. However, his departure isn't announced until 1993.
April 8
Flashpoint, another live album, is released.
Bill Wyman's retirement is officially announced. Darryl Jones replaces him.
July 11
Voodoo Lounge is released.
The band begins its Voodoo Lounge tour. The tour lasts until Aug. 1995. The band plays 129 shows in 27 countries. During the tour, they perform at venues such as the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The Rolling Stones become the first major band to stream a live concert on the Internet.
Nov. 13
Stripped, a live album, is released.
The Rolling Stone Rock and Roll Circus, a concert film, is released. Its release comes 30 years after the concert was filmed.
Sept. 29
Bridges to Babylon is released.
The Bridges to Babylon tour is launched. During the tour, the band plays 108 shows in Europe, North America, South America, and Japan. The tour lasts until June 1999.
No Security, the Bridges of Babylon live concert album is released.
The band goes on another tour. This one is named The Licks Tour and includes 117 shows in Asia, Austraila, North America, and Europe. The tour lasts until Nov. 2003.
A double live album, Live Licks, is released.
Sept. 5
The Stones release their 24th studio album, A Bigger Bang.
The band spends another two years on the road for the Bigger Bang tour, playing 146 shows in more than two dozen countries.
April 1
Shine a Light, the band's 10th live album, is released.
Oct. 18
Brussels Affair (Live 1973), is released.
Nov. 15
The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas '78, is released.
Jan. 30
Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981), is released. It is available only as a digital download via Google Music.
April 2
L.A. Friday (Live 1975), is released. It is available only as a digital download via Google Music.
July 2
Live at the Checkerboard Lounge, Chicago 1981, is released. A DVD is also available with the CD.
July 11
Live at the Tokyo Dome (Live 1990), is released. It is available only as a digital download via Google Music.
Oct. 16
Light the Fuse (Live 2005), is released. It is available only as a digital download via Google Music.
Nov. 13
Live at Leeds (1982), is released. It is available only as a digital download via Google Music.
July 22
Hyde Park Live is released. The live album is sold exclusively as a digital download through iTunes.

by Jennie Wood