3 Legendary Tracks That Shaped Keith Richards’ Journey with The Rolling Stones
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 05: Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage at Old Trafford on June 5, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Andrew Benge/Redferns)
The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, known for his wild persona and raspy vocals, has been a vital, enduring, and exceptionally creative force in popular music.
Here are three iconic songs that define his remarkable career with The Rolling Stones.
1. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Joining The Rolling Stones in 1962, Richards, along with Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, established the longest association in rock history. After initially covering songs, the band soared to success with this track, elevating their hysteria to new heights. Richards dreamed up the famous riff, capturing it swiftly and ensuring its lasting impact.
The Seventies marked a period of unbridled creativity for The Stones, characterized by an unstoppable live presence and insatiable backstage energy. Even in the comparatively less successful albums like Black and Blue (1976) and Some Girls (1978), Keith’s rare vocal appearance on “Happy” stands out as a testament to his joy during this era.
3. Start Me Up
Though in the works since the mid-seventies, “Start Me Up” took its final form in 1981 as the standout track on the album Tattoo You. The years of anticipation were justified as Keith’s guitar riff became one of rock’s most iconic. Notably, the band still kicks off many of their current performances with this enduring hit. A true testament to Keith Richards’ lasting impact in the world of rock.
Beyond the timeless melodies that Richards contributed to The Rolling Stones’ legacy, his enduring influence extends to the very essence of the band. Richards’ wild and untamed spirit has been a driving force behind the Stones’ longevity, making him not just a guitarist but a symbol of rock rebellion.
Richards’ journey has been a marathon of creativity, marked by highs and lows, but consistently fueled by an insatiable passion for music. His iconic riffs and raspy vocals have not only defined an era but continue to resonate with audiences across generations.