Keith Richards is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones. Richards was born 18 December 1943 at Livingston Hospital, in Dartford, Kent, England. He is the only child of Doris M. L. (née Dupree) and Herbert W. Richards. His father was a factory worker who was injured in World War II during the Normandy invasion.
The Rolling Stones made the British charts in 1964 and over the ensuing years became a huge worldwide phenomenon with major hits such as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Angie" and "Miss You," along with albums like Out of Our Heads, Sticky Fingers, Some Girls and Tattoo You. In 2010 Richards published his autobiography, Life.
Richards has released few solo recordings. His first solo single released in 1978 was versions of Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". In 1987, after Jagger pursued a solo recording and touring career, Richards formed the "X-pensive Winos" with co-songwriter and co-producer Steve Jordan, whom Richards assembled for his Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.
Rolling Stone Magazine credited Richards for "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists.
Keith Richards with his acoustic Gibson Hummingbird guitar taken at RCA Studios in Hollywood in 1965.
Keith Richards photographed backstage during the Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge' tour in 1994.
Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones relaxing at Longview Farm, Massachusettes in 1981
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones hanging out at his Bel Air home in Los Angeles, California in June 1970.
Captivating contact sheet of Keith Richards taken by Alan Messer in Memphis in 1994.
Keith Richards picking his teeth with a photo of The Queen in 1966.
Keith Richards on the set of Top of the Pops in 1971 getting ready to perform 'Brown Sugar' for the first time on the TV
Keith Richards pictured beside his new Bentley at his home in Sussex in 1966
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards from The Rolling Stones performing live at the legendary Madison Square Gardens, New York in July 1972
The Rolling Stones onstage performing during the television show "Ready, Set, Go"
Keith Richards performing with The Rolling Stones onstage at the Feyenoordstadion Rotterdam, Holland in August 2003
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger performing onstage with The Rollihg Stones at Foro Sol, Mexico City in February 1998
Keith Richards onstage in Copenhagen towards the end of The Rolling Stones 1973 European Tour
Keith Richards performing onstage during an episode of Ready Steady Go! in London in 1966
The Rolling Stones 'caged' in Osmond Yard, London during a photo shoot by Gered Mankowitz in 1965
The Rolling Stones captured outside Gered Mankowitz's London studio in 1965
Cover artwork for The Rolling Stones album Out Of Our Heads taken by Gered Mankowitz in Ormond Yard, London in 1965.
Outake photograph from Gered Mankowitz's famous Rolling Stones shoot for Between The Buttons taken on Primrose Hill, London.
Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood having fun in Paris in 1983.
The Rolling Stones performing Brown Sugar on Top of the Pops in 1971, a few days before they left for France to record 'Exile on Main St'.
Rolling Stones onstage on their celebrated Steel Wheels Tour in Los Angeles in October 1989
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards performing onstage during The Rolling Stones 1989 Steel Wheels Tour in October 1989.
The Rolling Stones performing in the breathtaking beauty of Rome's Circo Massimo in June 2014
Los Angeles October 1989, Keith Richards performs onstage on The Rolling Stones Steel Wheels Tour
The Rolling Stones 'take a bow' at the end of their Los Angeles concert during their Steel Wheels Tour in 1989
Keith Richards performing at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1989 during The Rolling Stones Steel Wheel Tour
Keith Richards captured backstage during the Rolling Stones US Tour in 1965