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Brown - Dark
Dartford, Kent, England, UK
Claim to Fame
The Rolling Stones
Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Album Rock
Earthy, Rollicking, Party/Celebratory, Organic, Rowdy, Rousing, Raucous, Sensual, Freewheeling, Fun, Gritty
Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Keyboards, Vocals
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Doris Dupree Richards
Mick Jagger (childhood friend), Ron Wood, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Gram Parsons, Johnny Depp
Bertrand Richards (factory worker)
Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters
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Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, singer and songwriter, actor, and one of the original members of the rock band The Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone Magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The Stones are generally known for their guitar interplay of rhythm and lead ("weaving") with Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Ronnie Wood over the years. In spite of this, Richards plays the only guitar tracks on some of their most famous songs including "Paint It Black", "Ruby Tuesday", "Sympathy for the Devil", and "Gimme Shelter".
Full Name at Birth
Wentworth Primary School, Dartford, Kent, England, UK, Dartford Technical High School for Boys, Dartford, Kent, England, UK, Sidcup Art College, Sidcup, London, England, UK
1953 Fender Telecaster "Micawber", 1959 Gibson Les Paul, Gibson ES - 355, Fender Stratocaster
Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Bassist, Keyboardist, Record producer, Actor
"Rock's greatest single body of riffs" (Rolling Stone magazine), 4th greatest guitarist of all time (Rolling Stone magazine), He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
www.keithrichards.com/, www.allmusic.com/artist/keith-richards-mn0000767068, www.imdb.com/name/nm0724189/
Angela Richards (daughter), Theodora Richards (daughter), Alexandra Richards (daughter), Tara Richards (son), Marlon Richards (son)
Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Andrew Loog Oldham, Bill Wyman, Steve Jordan, John Lennon, Eric Clapton
Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley
Dartford, Paris, Monaco, Mexico City, Redlands, Weston, Turks & Caicos, Boston, Nashville, Los Angeles, New York, London
Black, White, Green, Blue, Grey, Yellow, Red, Silver, Brown
Sunglasses, Bandanas, Hats, Scarfs, Jewellery
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Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, singer and songwriter, and one of the original members of the English rock band the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
Keith Richards is the only child of Bertrand Richards and Doris Richards (née Dupree). He was born at Livingston Hospital in Dartford, Kent. His father was a factory worker who was injured in World War II during the Normandy invasion.
Richards' paternal grandparents were Socialists and civic leaders whose family originated from Wales. His maternal grandfather, Augustus Theodore Dupree, who toured Britain with a jazz big band, "Gus Dupree and his Boys", fostered Richards' interest in guitar.
Richards' mother bought him his first guitar and he played at home, listening to recordings by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others. His father, on the other hand, disparaged his son's musical enthusiasm. One of Richards's first guitar heroes was Scotty Moore.
Richards attended Wentworth Primary School with Mick Jagger and was his neighbour until 1954, when the family moved. From 1955 to 1959 he attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys. Recruited by Dartford Tech's choirmaster, R. W. "Jake" Clare, Richards sang in a trio of boy sopranos at, among other occasions, Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II.
Richards in 1965
In 1959 Richards was expelled from Dartford Tech for truancy, and transferred to Sidcup Art College. At Sidcup he was diverted from his studies proper and devoted more time to playing guitar with other students in the boys' room. At this point Richards had learned most of Chuck Berry's solos.
Richards met Jagger on a train as Jagger was headed to classes at the London School of Economics. The mail-order rhythm & blues albums from Chess Records by Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters that Jagger was carrying revealed a mutual interest and led to a renewal of their friendship. Along with mutual friend, Dick Taylor, Jagger was singing in an amateur band: "Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys", which Richards soon joined. The Blues Boys folded when Brian Jones, after sharing thoughts on their joint interest in the blues music, invited Mick and Keith to the Bricklayers Arms pub, where they then met Ian Stewart. 
In mid-1962 Richards had left Sidcup Art College to devote himself to music and moved into a London flat with Jagger and Jones. His parents divorced about the same time, resulting in his staying close to his mother and remaining estranged from his father until 1982 [Richards, Keith (2010). Life].
After the Rolling Stones signed to Decca Records in 1963 their band manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, dropped the s from Richards' surname believing "Keith Richard" in his words "looked more pop". In the early 1970s Richards re-established the s in his surname.
Richards in 1972
Stewart said Richards was the Rolling Stones' bandleader, and Richards says his job is to be "oiling the machinery". Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood say that while most bands follow the drummer, the Rolling Stones, Wyman says, have "no way of 'not' following" Richards.
Chris Spedding calls Richards' guitar playing "direct, incisive and unpretentious". Richards says he is focused on chords and rhythms while avoiding flamboyant and competitive virtuosity by not trying to be the "fastest gun in the west". Richards prefers teaming with at least one other guitarist and has almost never toured without one. Chuck Berry has been an inspiration for Richards, and with Jagger, he introduced Berry's songs to the Rolling Stones' early repertoire. In the late 1960s Jones' declining contributions led Richards to record all guitar parts on many tracks, including slide guitar. Jones' replacement Mick Taylor played guitar with the Rolling Stones from 1969 to 1974. Taylor's virtuosity on lead guitar led to a pronounced separation between lead and rhythm guitar roles, most notably onstage. In 1975 Taylor was replaced by Wood, whose arrival marked a return to a guitar interplay Richards he called "the ancient art of weaving", which he and Jones had gleaned from the Chicago Blues artists. 
A break in touring 1967 to '68 allowed Richards to focus on open tunings. Richards primarily used open tunings for fingered chording developing a distinctive style of syncopated and ringing I-IV chording heard
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Grabow, In Demand Talent
Stash De Rola (Dandy and playboy)
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Raindrop Services Inc.
(2008) Print advertisements for Louis Vuitton luxury luggage (Slogan: Some journeys cannot be put into words).
Rock, Blues, Blues Rock, Rock And Roll, Rhythm And Blues
Guitar, Vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion
Decca, Rolling Stones, Virgin/EMI, Mindless
The Rolling Stones, the Dirty Strangers, the Dirty Mac, the New Barbarians, The X-Pensive Winos, K'naan