Brian Jones

British multi-instrumentalist, founder of The Rolling Stones (1942–1969)

Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was an English musician. He is best known as one of the founding members of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

Brian Jones
Jones in 1965
Jones in 1965
Background information
Birth nameLewis Brian Hopkin Jones
Born28 February 1942
Gloucestershire, England
Died3 July 1969 (age 27)
Hartfield, Sussex, England
GenresRhythm and blues, rock and roll, psychedelic rock, pop
InstrumentsGuitar, harmonica, keyboards, mellotron, sitar, recorder, saxophone, percussion, marimba
Years active1961 – 1969

The Rolling Stones change

Jones was a founding member of the Rolling Stones. He made the group along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in 1962.

During his early career, Brian performed live under the fake name "Elmo Lewis".

The Rolling Stones would go on to have well known songs such as Paint It Black and Ruby Tuesday.

Jones was known for his ability to play multiple instruments including: guitar, harmonica, piano, organ, mellotron, sitar, recorder, saxophone, drums and marimba as well as many others.

Death change

In his last few years, Brian was a drug and alcohol abuser ,which led to him being fired from the Rolling Stones on 8 June 1969.

Just after midnight on 3 July 1969 Jones was discovered dead at the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England. The details surrounding his death were controversial and Jones' girlfriend claimed he was murdered. However the coroner's official report stated that Jones had drowned and declared the incident a "death by misadventure." The coroner noted that his liver and heart were greatly enlarged by his long-term drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the first members of the 27 Club.

Discography change

The Rolling Stones change

Albums change

  1. England's Newest Hit Makers (1964)
  2. 12 X 5 (1964)
  3. The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)
  4. Out of Our Heads (1965)
  5. December's Children (And Everybody's) (1965)
  6. Aftermath (1966)
  7. Between the Buttons (1967)
  8. Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967)
  9. Beggars Banquet (1968)