The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoured Keith Richards in 1990
One of the most important musicians in history, with millions of fans, Keith Richards helped create some of the most iconic rock n’ roll of all time.
A line-up with other legends such as Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones, The Rolling Stones were established in 1962 as a band with no previous skills and no background in music.
Having begun life as a very big song, The Rolling Stones rapidly became one of the biggest bands of all time, with hits such as ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Satisfaction’, peaking at number three in the UK and number one in the US in 1964.
They followed up these monumental records with their next album, after the group stopped touring to concentrate on songwriting, with the magnificent ‘Exile on Main Street’.
This album, featuring an eclectic mix of songs ranging from ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ to ‘Paint It Black’, helped cement The Rolling Stones as one of the greatest bands of all time.
After a controversial split from The Rolling Stones in 1969 and then returning to the band in 1971, they also released the most critical, well-received album of their career, ‘Exile on Main Street’.
A series of personal problems and personal and professional rivalry made its way onto the pages of the press.
But in the end, Keith Richards did remain by his bandmate Mick Jagger’s side for every incarnation of The Rolling Stones and became one of the most influential musicians ever.
Their hard-partying lifestyle also took its toll on the singer’s health, which saw Richards perform until the age of 70.
A plaque was presented to Keith Richards at the Rolling Stones’ Paddington, London studios in May 2017