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BRIAN JONES

BIOGRAPHY
 
Brian Jones

An English musician and co founder of "The Rolling Stones".

Founder and rhythm guitarist, Jones recorded the groups main hits, the last would be the Album "Beggar’s Banquet".

In 1957, Jones was exposed to the jazz musician Charlie Parker and developed a lifelong interest in jazz music.

His parents gave him his first acoustic guitar as a 17th-birthday present.

Jones grew up listening to classical music, but supposedly always preferred blues, particularly Elmore James and Robert Johnson.

Jones moved to London where he befriended fellow musicians Alexis Korner, future Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones, future Cream bassist Jack Bruce and others who made up the small London Rhythm n' Blues scene that the Rolling Stones soon dominated.

In spring 1962, Jones recruited Ian "Stu" Stewart and singer Mick Jagger into his band, Jagger brought guitarist Richards with him to rehearsals; Richards then joined the band.

Jones came up with the name "The Rollin' Stones" adding the G on the group performed first at the Marquee Club in London in 1962.

The four Rollin' Stones then went searching for a bassist and drummer, and after several auditions they settled on Bill Wyman on bass.

Andrew Loog Oldham, who met the band on April 28, 1963 with Eric Eastman, their co-manager.

Throughout his years with the band he played stringed instruments guitar, sitar, tamboura, Appalachian dulcimer, keyboards (organ, mellotron), wind instruments recorder, harmonica and several other instruments like xylophone and marimba.

Jones and Richards excelled on guitar that has become a signature part of the sound of the Rolling Stones.

Hostility grew between Jones and the Jagger/Richards duo, alienating Jones from the group.

Jones' last substantial sessions with the Stones were in the spring and summer of 1968, when the Stones produced the classic "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

The Stones decided to add a new guitarist, and in 1969, Jones was visited by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, and was told that the group he had formed would continue without him.

To the public, it appeared as if Jones had left voluntarily but this was not the case. Jones was replaced by guitarist Mick Taylor who would only stay withthe group a short time.

At about midnight in 1969, Jones was discovered at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Hartfield, Sussex, England.

The Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969, two days after his death.

Drowned in his home swimming pool, claimed to be an accident.


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