Keith Richards

British songwriter, guitarist of The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English guitarist best known as a founder member of the Rolling Stones. He is mostly famous for his rhythm guitar playing, but he can also play lead guitar quite well. He often likes to use a guitar with only 5 strings — the lowest-tuned string is removed. On a small number of Rolling Stones recordings, he plays bass guitar, as well as other instruments. He sings background vocals on most Rolling Stones songs. Occasionally, he also sings lead vocals, on songs like "Happy", "Little T & A", and "The Worst".

Keith Richards
Background information
Also known asKeith Richard
Born (1943-12-18) 18 December 1943 (age 77)
Dartford, Kent, England
GenresRock, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1962 – present
Associated actsThe Rolling Stones


During the late 1960s and most of the 1970s, he had a serious addiction to heroin. However, he recovered and quit using it. Sometimes, in interviews, he talks about taking drugs in a way that seems humorous.

In 2003 he was ranked 10th on Rolling Stone Magazine's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[1]

Richards has co-written and recorded hundreds of songs with his song writing partner Mick Jagger. Fourteen of their songs are listed by Rolling Stone Magazine in their "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" issue.[2]


The Rolling StonesEdit

Studio albums
  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)
  10. Let It Bleed (1969)
  11. Stinky Fingers (1971)
  12. Exile on Main St. (1972)
  13. Goats Head Soup (1973)
  14. It's Only Rock 'n Roll (1974)
  15. Black and Blue (1976)
  16. Some Girls (1978)
  17. Emotional Rescue (1980)
  18. Tattoo You (1981)
  19. Undercover (1983)
  20. Dirty Work (1986)
  21. Steel Wheels (1989)
  22. Voodoo Lounge (1994)
  23. Bridges to Babylon (1997)
  24. A Bigger Bang (2005)
  25. GRRR! (2012)


  1. "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Rolling Stone (931). 2003-09-22.
  2. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. 9 December 2004. Retrieved 2008-03-08.