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Keith Richards is an English musician, composer, vocalist, and recording producer who was born in Dartford, Kent, on December 18, 1943. With an amazing career spanning more than 60 years, he is most renowned for being a founding member, guitarist, backup vocalist, and co-principal composer of the venerable rock group the Rolling Stones.
Richards was raised in Dartford, Kent, and attended Sidcup Art College and Dartford Technical School for his schooling. During this period, he established enduring relationships, such as those with Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, and Brian Jones, which laid the groundwork for the renowned Rolling Stones.
A turning point in Richards’ life occurred when he joined the Rolling Stones. His guitar-playing style became the band’s signature, which greatly aided in their popularity. One of the most fruitful songwriting collaborations in music history is thought to have been his with Mick Jagger. Together, they produced enduring masterpieces that have become songs beloved by all ages.
Along with his guitar work, Richards was a vocalist with the Stones, contributing lead vocals on songs including “Happy,” “Before They Make Me Run,” and “Connection.” His commanding presence on stage and unusual voice gave the band’s performances a special depth.
Although the Rolling Stones remained his major priority, Richards explored being a solo artist. He started his side group, The X-Pensive Winos, to demonstrate his range as a lead vocalist and musician. Through this project, he was able to showcase his creative musical expression outside of the Stones’ collaborative dynamics.
In addition to his musical pursuits, Richards ventured into acting, making notable appearances in three Pirates of the Caribbean films as Captain Teague. The character drew inspiration from Richards himself, solidifying his status as a cultural icon.
In 1989, Richards received recognition for his impact on rock and roll when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, he and the Rolling Stones were honored in the UK Music Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone magazine consistently acknowledges his influence, ranking him fourth on the list of “100 Greatest Guitarists” in 2011 and 15th in 2023.
The magazine’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list features fourteen songs co-written by Richards and Jagger.
There was controversy throughout Keith Richards’ career. His reputation as a countercultural figure, his love relationships, and most importantly, his well-documented battles with drug abuse earned him widespread attention from the media. Richards persisted and kept making important contributions to the music business despite the difficulties.
Who is Keith Richard’s Daughter?
Keith Richard has three daughters. His daughters are Angela Richards (born in 1972), Theodora Dupree (born in 1985), and Alexander Nicole (born in 1986).