Fans Don’t Know That Keith Richards Played Bass On These Stones Songs
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It is safe to say that Keith Richards’ dedication and musical leadership in The Rolling Stones distinguishes him from other notable guitar players in the rock and roll scene. He has been there from the beginning until now that the band is reaching its six-decade.
Without his rhythm guitar and riffs, it is almost impossible for the band to have a unique and distinctive style that gave them the success that they have today. Even though he acquired fame through being a fine rhythm guitarist, surprisingly, he handled the bass parts in some works of the band too.
Bill Wyman, the original bass player of the band, joined them in 1962 and served for nearly three decades until he quit in 1993. During his stay, he wasn’t credited for all of the Stones’ albums because Richards took over the duties in some of the band’s essential works. Richards has proved himself that he can also be a decent bassist by creating memorable bass lines as Wyman did.
Richards admitted that he really enjoys doing the bass duties as well and when he was asked if he takes over when Bill isn’t around, he said, “Usually.” He also noted:
“Or sometimes I’d say, ‘Bill, it goes like this.’ And he’d say, ‘Why show me? You got it down. Let’s make this simple. You do it.’ There were never any hassles in that respect. Just like there are some songs where Bill plays keyboards.”
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Live with Me” are some of the songs Richards did for the band when it comes to doing the bass guitar role.