Keith Richards

Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943),[1] often referred to during the 1960s and 1970s as Keith Richard, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter, who has achieved international fame as the co-founder, guitarist, secondary vocalist, and co-principal songwriter of the Rolling Stones. His songwriting partnership with Mick Jagger is one of the most successful in history.

Keith Richards
Richards in 2018
Born (1943-12-18) 18 December 1943 (age 77)
Dartford, Kent, England
EducationDartford Technical School
Sidcup Art College
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
Years active1960–present
(m. 1983)
Partner(s)Anita Pallenberg (1967–1980)
Children5 (1 deceased); including Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole
Musical career
  • Guitar
Associated acts

Richards was born in and grew up in Dartford, Kent. He studied at the Dartford Technical School and Sidcup Art College. After graduating, Richards befriended Jagger, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones, and joined the Rolling Stones. His career has spanned over six decades.

Outside of his career with the Rolling Stones, Richards has also played with his own side-project, The X-Pensive Winos. He also appeared in three Pirates of the Caribbean films as Captain Teague, father of Jack Sparrow, whose look and characterization was inspired by Richards himself.

As a member of the Rolling Stones, Richards was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Rolling Stone magazine called Richards the creator of "rock's greatest single body of riffs" on guitar and ranked him fourth on its list of 100 best guitarists in 2011. The magazine lists fourteen songs that Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Jagger on its "Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.