Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones would have turned 76 years old today. You will know him…
Written by megarock on February 28, 2018
Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones would have turned 76 years old today. You will know him better as Brian Jones. Brian was the founder and original bandleader of The Rolling Stones.
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. Brian 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 this about Brian: “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.”
After all is said and done, one fact remains clear. Brian made it happen originally.
Happy Birthday Brian. RIP. We hope some day the truth is found out about your untimely passing.