The ’27’ club: He started one of the most successful bands in the history of Ro…
Written by megarock on July 3, 2018
The ’27’ club:
He started one of the most successful bands in the history of Rock and Roll.
The Rolling Stones founding member and their leader, Brian Jones left us 49 years ago today on July 3, 1969. He was just 27 years old.
Brian was a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, harmonica, keyboards, sitar and marimba, and he was integral to the changing sound of the band.
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.
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.”
Less than a month after being asked to leave the band, Brian drown in the swimming pool at his home on Cotchford Farm in Hartfield, East Sussex. There are still unanswered questions of the actual events leading to his death.
Is fair for us to ask you if you liked The Stones with or without Brian better?
RIP Brian. You were a true visionary.