Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, the harmonica and the keyboards. His innovative use of traditional or folk instruments, such as the sitar and marimba, was integral to the changing sound of the band. More
Although he was originally the leader of the group, Jones's fellow band members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards soon overshadowed him, especially after they became a successful songwriting team. He developed a serious drug problem over the years and his role in the band steadily diminished. He was asked to leave the Rolling Stones in June 1969 and guitarist Mick Taylor took his place in the group. Jones died less than a month later by drowning in the swimming pool at his home on Cotchford Farm in Hartfield, East Sussex.
Original Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman said of Jones, "He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. ... Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it – highly intelligent – and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away."
Brian Jones timeline
Mick Jagger Born in Dartford, Kent, England
Jagger was born into a middle class family at the Livingstone Hospital, in Dartford, Kent, England. His father, Basil Fanshawe ("Joe") Jagger (13... Read more
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Meet by Chance on a Train
In 1961, Keith Richards had a chance meeting with Mick Jagger who was traveling in the same train carriage as him. Keith was impressed with the... Read more
The Rolling Stones Name their Band After Muddy Waters Song, "Rollin' Stone Blues"
In July, the Stones take their name from a Muddy Waters song called "Rollin' Stone Blues" and make their live debut at London's Marquee Club (minus... Read more
The Rolling Stones Play Their First Show at London's Marquee Club
On July 12, 1962, the Rolling Stones — Jagger, Richards, Jones, a returned Dick Taylor on bass, and Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums —... Read more
Release of The Rolling Stones' Self-Titled Debut Album
The Rolling Stones is the debut album by The Rolling Stones, released by Decca Records in the United Kingdom on 16 April 1964. The American edition... Read more
Rolling Stones' First Album Released in US as 'England's Newest Hitmakers'
Their take on Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You" is steeped in Chicago blues filtered through a West London sensibility, while the... Read more
Rolling Stones Release '12 X 5'
12 X 5 is the second American album by The Rolling Stones released in 1964 following the massive success of their debut The Rolling Stones in the... Read more
Rolling Stones Release 'The Rolling Stones No. 2'
The Rolling Stones No. 2 is the second UK album by The Rolling Stones released in 1965 following the massive success of 1964's debut The Rolling... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'The Rolling Stones, Now!'
The Rolling Stones, Now! is the third American studio album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1965 by their initial American distributor, London... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Out of Our Heads'
Out of Our Heads is The Rolling Stones' third British album and their fourth in the United States. It was released in 1965 through London Records... Read more
Rolling Stones Release 'December's Children (And Everybody's)'
Raiding the R&B closet for the last time, they also offered a breathless run-through of Larry Williams' "She Said Yeah," a sultry Chuck Berry cover... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)'
Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) is the first official compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released on 28 March 1966, on London Records in... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Aftermath'
The Stones’ seventh album was their first composed entirely of originals, and it proved that winsome hooks were not incompatible with snide lyrics.... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Got Live If You Want It!'
Got Live If You Want It! (capitalized got LIVE if you want it! on the cover) is the first live album by British rock band The Rolling Stones. It... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Between the Buttons'
The Rolling Stones' 1967 recordings are a matter of some controversy; many critics felt that they were compromising their raw, rootsy power with... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Flowers'
Flowers is an American compilation album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1967. The songs either appeared as singles, had been omitted from the... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Their Satanic Majesties Request'
Their Satanic Majesties Request is the sixth studio album by The Rolling Stones and was released on 8 December 1967 by Decca Records in the United... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Beggars Banquet'
Of the 19 songs on the two albums, there are two that stand out head and shoulders above anything else. And no, they aren't the obvious ones most... Read more
The Rolling Stones Replace Brian Jones with Mick Taylor
By the release of Beggars Banquet, Brian Jones was increasingly troubled and was only sporadically contributing to the band. Jagger said that Jones... Read more
Brian Jones Drowns in a Pool at His East Sussex Home
At around midnight on the night of 2–3 July 1969, Jones was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at Cotchford Farm. His Swedish... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)'
Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2) is The Rolling Stones' second official compilation album, released in 1969 shortly following Brian... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Let It Bleed'
And then there is track eight of each one -- "Stray Cat Blues" from Beggar's Banquet and "Monkey Man" from Let It Bleed. Both have Jagger out of... Read more
Rolling Stones Release 'Stone Age'
Stone Age is a compilation by The Rolling Stones released on the Decca label in 1971. It reached #4 on the U.K chart. The Stones were strongly... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Milestones'
Here we have Volume 24 of the Russian boots. It is nothing more than a contract compilation. I must say, I really like this particular compilation.... Read more
The Rolling Stones Release 'Forty Licks'
Forty Licks is a double compilation album by The Rolling Stones. A 40-year career-spanning retrospective, Forty Licks is notable for being the... Read more