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Keith Richards

Guitarist and Songwriter Keith Richards
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Profession: Guitarist and Songwriter


Biography: Richards co-founded The Rolling Stones with frontman Mick Jagger, one of the most commercially successful and musically influential groups in the history of music.

As a guitarist he has provided numerous iconic riffs, including "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" in 1965 and various others.

His songwriting partnership with Jagger has produced many songs over the decades; thirteen cowritten between the two appear on Rolling Stone magazine's list of 500 greatest ever songs.

Born: December 18, 1943
Birthplace: Dartford, Kent, England
Age: 78 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Married Life

  • 1983-12-18 Rolling Stone Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen

Historical Events

  • 1962-03-24 Mick Jagger & Keith Richards perform as Little Boy Blue & Blue Boys
  • 1967-02-12 Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Marianne Faithful busted for drugs
  • 1967-05-10 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges
  • 1967-06-29 Keith Richards is sentenced to 1 year in jail on drugs charge
  • 1967-07-31 Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Keith Richards end 1 month jail sentence
  • 1971-06-29 Rolling Stones Mick Jagger & Keith Richards sentenced on drug offense
  • 1977-02-27 Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards gets suspended sentence for heroin possession in Canada
  • 1978-10-24 Keith Richards convicted of heroin possession in Toronto
  • 1979-04-22 The Rolling Stones play two benefit concerts for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, in Oshawa, Ontario; performance part of guitarist Keith Richards’ sentence for heroin conviction on heroin charges
  • 2007-04-03 Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denies saying he smoked his father's ashes in an interview with NME