Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were childhood friends and classmates until the Jaggers moved away. Jagger had formed a garage band with Dick Taylor until he was reacquainted with Keith Richards in 1960 at a railway station. Richards joined Jagger and Taylor at frequent meetings at Jagger’s house. The meetings switched to Taylor’s house in late 1961, where the three were joined by Alan Etherington and Bob Beckwith.
In March 1962, the group read about the Ealing Jazz Club in newspaper Jazz News and visited the place on April 7, 1962. The band members met Brian Jones there but he was starting an R&B band with Ian Stewart.
Shortly thereafter, Jagger, Taylor and Richards left another group to join Jones and Stewart in their effort. In June 1962 the line-up was: Jagger, Jones, Richards, Stewart, Taylor, and drummer Tony Chapman. According to Richards, Jones christened the band during a phone call to Jazz News. When asked for a band name Jones saw a Muddy Waters LP lying on the floor of which one of the tracks was “Rollin’ Stone”.
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