Keith Richards

1943 (Dartford, England) –

Richards and Jagger first met at primary school. When Lennon and McCartney gave them a song (the Rolling Stones’ first single), they played it through together and started a friendly give-and-take relationship. The Stones’ first tour was headlined by the Everlys, Diddley and Little Richard (Richards liked the latter especially). Dixon, Waters, Wolf and Berry — all heroes — were met on their first visit to Chicago, Waters helping carry their amps. Richards much later organised Berry’s 60th birthday party, and played in his backing band. He played (among others) with Dylan, Waits, Hooker, Franklin, Shorter, Lewis and Nelson.

Keith Richards knew…