Sunday, 18 December 2011

Britain is a country where old men say "Happy Birthday" to Keith Richards and remember his and their youth in the 1960's

Keith Richards, musician, songwriter, founding member of the 'Rolling Stones' is 68 years old today.

Things you possibly didn't know about the young Keith, that :

* he was an only child, born in Dartford, Kent, his father was a factory worker who was injured in the Normandy invasion in the Second World War.

* his grandfather, who toured Britain with his a jazz big band, 'Gus Dupree and his Boys', fostered his interest in guitar and his mother his first guitar.

* he went to primary school with his neighbour, Mick Jagger and at secondary school was recruited by the choirmaster and sang in a trio of boy sopranos at Westminster Abbey for Queen Elizabeth II.

* at the age of 16, was expelled from school for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College devoted time to playing guitar, learned most of Chuck Berry's solos.

* remet Mick Jagger on a train and their mutual interest in Chuck and Muddy Waters led to a renewal of their friendship.

* joined the band, 'Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys', in which Mick was singing and when it folded, the 'just-forming' 'Rolling Stones' with Brian Jones and signed to Decca Records in 1963 with their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham.

* collaborated with Mick on songs in 1963, following the example of The Beatles' Lennon–McCartney partnership and wrote 'That Girl Belongs to Yesterday' for Gene Pitney.
Their rendition :

* wrote The Rolling Stones' first top-ten hits, 'The Last Time' and '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in 1965 and said that the the riff came to him in his sleep and he woke up just long enough to record it on a cassette player by his bed.

My posting about my leaving day at my school in Eltham, about 10 miles away from Dartford, in 1965

My posting on Mick's 68th birthday back in July :

The young Keith

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