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The Rolling Stones are an English rock group that formed in London in 1962. First popular in Europe, they quickly became successful in North America during the "British Invasion" of the mid-60s. Since then, their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked the Rolling Stones at number ten on "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists", and as the second most successful group in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The group was formed by Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ian Stewart, who met as schoolmates in Dartford, Kent. They took their name from a Muddy Waters song called "Rollin' Stone Blues", and made their live debut at London's Marquee Club (minus Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts). They start playing pubs and clubs around the city and suburbs. Bill Wyman joined later that year (the popular story is that he was asked because he had his own amplifier).

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Mick Jagger
since 1962 Keyboard, Lead vocal, Percussion, Background vocals, Harmonica, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, Bass
Keith Richards
since 1962 Bass, Keyboard, Background vocals, Lead vocal, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar
Charlie Watts
since 1963 till 2021 Percussion, Drum set
Ronnie Wood
since 1975 Lap steel guitar, Pedal steel guitar, Slide guitar, Bass, Background vocals, Saxophone, Electric guitar, Drum set, Acoustic guitar
Bill Wyman
since 1962 till 1993 Marimba, Keyboard, Percussion, Background vocals, Bass
Ian Stewart
since 1962 till 1985 Keyboard, Percussion
Chuck Leavell
since 1982 Keyboard
Bobby Keys
since 1970 till 1973 Saxophone
since 1981 till 2014 Saxophone
Darryl Jones
since 1993 Bass
Blondie Chaplin
since 1997 till 2007 Percussion, Acoustic guitar
Brian Jones
since 1962 till 1969 Marimba, Slide guitar, Saxophone, Hammered dulcimer, Bass, Autoharp, Harmonica, Percussion, Keyboard, Background vocals, Recorder, Sitar, Electric guitar, Cello, Accordion, Acoustic guitar, Mandolin
Mick Taylor
since 1969 till 1974 Slide guitar, Bass, Background vocals, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar
Billy Preston
since 1973 till 1977 Piano, Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizer, Keyboard
Tony Chapman
since 1962 till 1963 Drum set
Dick Taylor
since 1962 till 1962 Bass
Mick Avory
since 1962 till 1962 Drum set

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