Mostly Credited As: Keith Richards (2)
Sometimes Credited As: The Rolling Stones
The New Barbarians
The X-Pensive Winos
Birth Name: Keith Richards
Date Of Birth: December 18, 1943 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Dartford, Kent, England
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Richards was born in Dartford, Kent on 18th December 1943. He met Mick Jagger when he was at primary school. But when they went into secondary schools they lost touch. But one day in 1960 they accidentally met on a train and talked about starting up a group. From 1960-1962 the Rolling Stones were formed. It compromised on Mick Jagger on lead vocal and harmonica Keith on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, 'Charlie Watts' on drums and 'Brian Jones' on guitar. In 1964 they released their first album "The Rolling Stones". Eventually in 1965 they had their first number 1 hit in the UK with "The Last Time". Throughout 1966-1969 they toured the world with many great hits like "Satisfaction" (1965), "Lets Spend the night together" (1967), "Sympathy for the Devil" (1968) and "Honky Tonk Woman" (1969). After this, though, Brian Jones drowned in his swimming pool and Mick Taylor took his place. In 1971 they released "Sticky Fingers", which apart from 1968's "Beggars Banquet", was the most popular album they ever made. From this the tunes "Wild Horses" and "Brown Sugar" were released and were very popular all over the world. Throughout the 70s the group made thousands of live performances and endless record sales with hits like "Angie" (1973), "It's Only Rock and Roll" (1974), "Hot Stuff" (1976) and "Respectable" (1978). Keith even released his own single as well. In 1974 Ron Wood had replaced Mick Taylor on guitar and Keith and Ron both played lead guitar. During the decade Keith had a lot of family crisis on his hands but it didn't stop him enjoying himself. In 1980 the group released "Emotional Rescue" which Keith Richards didn't care for. The group didn't even tour to promote it. But in 1981 Tattoo You was released and the group went on a major world tour filling stadiums in the US and arenas in Europe. In 1983 the Stones recorded the album "Undercover" at the Compass Point in Nassau and during this time Mick and Keith were having arguments over rights of the group. In 1987/88 Keith Richards recorded his first solo album "Main Offender" which got him back on the road. But during the tour he only sang a few Stones tunes. At this point it looked as if the Stones had gone forever. But in January 1989 Mick and Keith got together in Barbados and made up their differences and started to write tunes for the album Steel Wheels. After the Stones recorded it they went back on the road. The first time in 7 years. But in 1992 Bill Wyman announced that he was going to leave the group. In 1993 Keith Richards and his band released an album and toured for a while. In 1994 the Stones got back together again and recorded the album "Voodoo Lounge" and toured the world extensively. In 1995 an album of their warm up gig in a pub in Denmark was released. It was an acoustic live album called "Stripped". In 1996 their tour came to an end. But in 1997 they released the album "Bridges to Babylon" and started a 2 years tour. In 1998 a live album "No Security" was released. In 1999 the tour ended and the group hasn't performed together until this day.
His parents are Bert and Doris Richards. Bert Richards passed away in 2002 at the age of 86 while Doris Richards died in 2007 at the age of 91. The couple had gotten divorced in 1962.
Has two children from his relationship with Anita Pallenberg: son Marlin and daughter Angela. Angela was originally named Dandelion.
Has two children from his marriage to Patty Hansen: daughters Theodora and Alexandra.
Was estranged from his father for more than twenty years but the two reconciled during the 1980's.
Arrested in Toronto for heroin possession in 1977.
Suffered a head injury that required surgery when he fell out of a coconut tree in 2006.
Favorite musician growing up was Chuck Berry.
Keith Richards (2) Quotes
Richards: Everyone talks about rock these days; the problem is they forget about the roll.
Richards: I have no idea what the audience makes of me.
Richards: I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous.
Richards: I never thought I was wasted, but I probably was.
Richards: I only get ill when I give up drugs.
Richards: If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
Richards: It's great to be here. It's great to be anywhere.
Richards: The only things Mick and I disagree about is the band, the music, and what we do.
Richards: You've got the sun, you've got the moon, and you've got the Rolling Stones.