Keith Richards. British guitarist
Keith Richards was born on 18 December 1943 and is a British guitarist, singer, actor, composer, and producer.
He is part of the rock band The Rolling Stones, and has been with the band since 1962, and with singer Mick Jagger and drummer, Charlie Watts (the only remaining elements of the original band) are the longest association in the history of rock.
His father, Bert Richards, a factory worker, was injured during World War II during the Normandy invasion.
His mother, Doris (Dupree), introduced him to jazz music, and also encouraged his singing performances with a choir at Westminster Abbey.
The paternal grandparents were socialists and his maternal grandfather, Augusto Theodore Dupree, who toured Britain with a jazz band called Gus Dupree and his boys, encouraged their interest in music.
His mother bought him his first guitar and practiced at home, listening to recordings by Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and many others. His father despised his hobby.
The Richards Studios
He studied at various schools, the Westhill Infants School, followed by the Wentworth Country Primary School, then the Dartford Technical School and finally the Sidcup School of Art from where he retired as a Stone.
Together with Mick Jagger, he founded the world-renowned rock band Rolling Stones, in which he is the famous guitarist, composer, and singer on some of the band’s tracks.
Like Mick, Richard, who called himself that, without the”s”, during several years of his youth because of a fight he had had with his father after his separation from his mother, also embarked on a solo career, recording three albums: “Talk in Cheap” (1988),”Live at the Hollywood Palladium” (1991) and”Main Offender” (1992).
The first Wife
His first partner was actress Anita Pallemberg, with whom he stayed for 15 years and with whom he had Marlon in 1969, and Angela in 1972, who was born with health problems and Tara, who died ten days after being born with the flu.
He then became involved with another actress, Patti Hensen, whom he married on December 18, 1983 (the day he turned 40) and had Theodora Dupree in 1985 and Alexandra Nicole in 1986.
He has five grandchildren, three from his son Marlon and two from his daughter Angela. It has a great interest in history; it has an extensive library.
After splitting up with Anita, Richards met Patti Hensen, an actress a few years younger than him with whom he had two other daughters: Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole.
The Hall of Fame
In 1986, Keith Richards introduced his idol Chuck Berry to the”Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
Together with Jagger he composed almost all of the group’s songs, and was sometimes the lead vocalist, as in”You Got the Silver” or”Happy”.
In addition to the Stones, he works alone and participated in other projects such as The New Barbarians, with Ronnie Wood.
Chosen by Rolling Stone magazine in the 4th place of the list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
On April 27, 2006, in Fiji, Richards suffered a head injury after falling from a tree and subsequently underwent cranial surgery in a New Zealand hospital.
The incident caused a six-week delay in the 2006 launch of the Rolling Stones’ European tour and the rescheduling of several shows.
In addition to his musical work, the English musician, sailed territories in the field of cinema, participating in the film“Pirates of the Caribbean”, with a supporting role.
As for his personality, Richards was always a shy man, passionate about guns, cars, and dogs. He has a very particular style, which makes him one of the most intriguing stars on the rock scene.
The rock veteran tries to write an autobiography, but it’s becoming too complicated for him. “I don’t even remember what I did yesterday,” he admitted.
The musician decided to capture the years he spent enjoying wildlife in a book. But he found himself unable to remember what happened years ago.
Friendships of love-hate
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met when they were only 5 years old, although they say that during their childhood they were not really friends.
After school, they lost all contact until 1960 when they met again in a train station.
It was this coincidence that triggered the birth of the band. Over the years they’ve always had a love-hate relationship, just like two brothers could have.
- Talk is Cheap (1988-Virgin).
- Live at The Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988 (1988-Virgin).
- Main Offender (1992-Virgin).
Pirates of the Caribbean: In Mysterious Tides (Pirates of the Caribbean 4) (2011) – Captain Teague
Pirates of the Caribbean: At the End of the World (2007) – Captain Teague
Keith Richards phrases
- Mick Jagger is unbearable.
- The most powerful weapon of rock and roll is humor. If it’s not fun, it’s nothing.
- I’m over 60 and teenage girls are still throwing panties at me.
- Mick Jagger thought he was bigger than the Stones.
- After food, air, water, and heating, music is the next necessary thing in life.
A great book I recommend is this.