The Rolling Stones parted ways with founding member Brian Jones 50 years ago today — June 8th he said it was “personal differences”. Many say that was just a face-saving cover for his increasing problems with drugs, drink, violence and disinterest in the band’s musical path, Brian Jones left the band he originally brought together and less than a month later, on July 3rd, he was found dead in his swimming pool.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who was 20 at the time, made his debut with the band two days later in London’s Hyde Park, a free concert that became a tribute to Jones. He was replaced by Ron Wood in 1974.
Bill Wyman says people don’t “get it” that it was Brian Jones that made the band.
“Brian Jones created the Rolling Stones. It was Brian Jones who wanted to form a blues band. It was Brian Jones who gave The Rolling Stones their name. It was Brian Jones who chose the music we would play. It was Brian Jones who was the biggest star in the band. It was Brian Jones who got all the fan mail and all the girls. Not as people would think Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.”
If you check those old album covers you can see Brian was more of a heart throb than Mick or Keith. In fact top 40 DJs used to call the band “the Rolling Uglies”
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