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Brian Jones

British multi-instrumentalist, founding member of The Rolling Stones

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. 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. He was also well known for his drug and alcohol abuse 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.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones, Statesboro, Georgia, May 4, 1965 (377872218).jpg
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
OccupationsMusician
InstrumentsGuitar, harmonica, keyboards, mellotron, sitar, recorder, saxophone, percussion, marimba
Years active1961 – 1969
Associated actsThe Rolling Stones