Anniversary of the Death of The Sixth Rolling Stone
Ian Stewart didn't look like a Rolling Stone. That was both a curse and a blessing for the Scottish-born boogie pianist, who more resembled Jay Leno than a rock star. And so, despite the fact that he was one of the founders of The Rolling Stones and one of the best boogie pianists the London scene had ever known, he was asked to step off the stage and into a more subordinate role by Stones management in 1963, just before the group signed their record deal and vaulted shortly thereafter into a freight-train career that would eventually see them hailed as "The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World." Stu, as he was known, simply didn't look the part.
Ian Stewart was born in Fife, Scotland on July 18, 1938. By the age of six, he had found his home on the piano. A big fan of jazz and blues, Stewart developed a rollicking boogie-woogie style that perfectly fitted Brian Jones' plans, when the young guitarist posted an ad in the Jazz News in May 1962, seeking likeminded musicians to form a blues band in London. Stewart was actually the first musician to respond to the ad, with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards joining a few weeks later. By July, the rest of the outfit had been fleshed out and the band was gigging. more on this story
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