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The Other Men in the Band: Past members of the Rolling Stones

In honour of Rock N Roll's hegemon, The Rolling Stones, Music Lovers has compiled a list of prominent past and present members of the band who contributed to their success. All featured albums are available in the library collections.

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Nicky Hopkins

This keyboardist played on Rolling Stones albums such as Between the Buttons and Tattoo You. He also recorded on prominent Stones songs such as She's a Rainbow and Sympathy for the Devil.

In 1969, while Keith Richards was absent from the recording sessions for ‘Let It Bleed”, pianist Nicky Hopkins and Ry Cooder along with Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts recorded “Jamming with Edward”. Hopkins played piano on several studio albums by the Stones as well as several albums by the Kinks. He also had the distinction of recording with each of the Beatles during their solo careers. The titular “Edward” was a nick name confirmed on Hopkins and refers to a song he recorded with the Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Recommended:
&lsqou;Jamming with Edward’

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Chuck Leavell

Touring keyboardist of the Rolling Stones and has featured on twelve albums, including 1994's Voodoo Lounge and their latest Blue & Lonesome.

A long time touring member of the Rolling Stones, keyboardist, Chuck Leavell has played on the Stones’ albums from “Undercover” (1983) to their recent release, “Blue & Lonesome” (2016). A former member of the Allman Brothers Band, Leavell has also recorded with Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Gov't Mule while his own solo recordings tend have a more jazzy sound.

Recommended:
‘Back to the Woods’

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Ian Stewart

An original member and co-founder of the Rolling Stones along with Brian Jones, Ian Stewart was a big fan of rhythm and blues and big band jazz, who pounded out boogie-woogie piano rhythms on stage. He performed live with an early line-up of the Stones, but on the advice of the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, that Stewart didn't fit the band's image, Stewart volunteered to become their long time road manager. Stewart did continue to contribute piano and organ to all but two of the studio recorded albums released between 1964 and 1986 as well as touring with the Stones up till the early 80s. In 2011, a tribute album by Ben Waters, “Boogie 4 Stu”, was released, The album featured Jagger, Richards, Watts and Wyman along with Ronnie Wood and Jools Holland.

Recommended:
‘Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute to Ian Stewart’ By Ben Waters

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Harvey Mandel

Performed on Rolling Stones tracks Hot Stuff and Memory Motel.

When Mick Taylor left the Rolling Stones, American guitarist Harvey Mandel was one of several musicians who auditioned as a possible replacement. Mandel had previously recorded with blues legend Charlie Musselwhite and had joined Canned Heat after first appearing with them at Woodstock. He recorded two tracks with the Stones on their 1976 release “Black and Blue”.

Recommended:
‘The Best of Harvey Mandel’

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Wayne Perkins

Born in Birmingham Alabama, Wayne Perkins was a session guitarist who had played with Joe Cocker, Jimmy Cliff and Eric Clapton. When Mick Taylor resigned, Clapton arranged for Perkins to audition with the Rolling Stones. Perkins was hired to play lead guitar on “Black and Blue” and featured on three tracks on that album.

Recommended:
‘Ramblin' Heart’

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Mick Taylor

Brian Jones' replacement.

Having replaced guitarist Peter Green in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Mick Taylor developed a blues based guitar style with jazz and Latin influences. When the Rolling Stones parted with guitarist Brian Jones, Mayall recommended Taylor as a possible replacement. Taylor's first appearance with the Stones was at the free Hyde Park Concert which became a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days before the concert. In the studio, Taylor's more fluid playing style became a foil for Jagger's vocals and Taylor played on several classic Stones albums including “Sticky Fingers”, “Exile On Main Street” and “Goat's Head Soup”. Taylor played with the Stones from 1969 to 1974 before embarking on a solo career as well as playing with Jack Bruce, Bob Dylan and Carla Olson among others.

Recommended:
‘Mick Taylor’

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‘Too Hot for Snakes (featuring Carla Olson)’

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Ron Wood

Guitarist of the Rolling Stones since 1975.

Before joining The Rolling Stones in 1974, Ronnie Wood was guitarist for The Faces and bass player in The Jeff Beck Group. First appearing on the 1976 album, “Black and Blue”, Wood quickly fitted into his new role, his playing meshing with Keith Richards’ to continue the Stones’ trademark sound both in the studio and live on stage.

Recommended:
‘I've Got My Own Album to Do’

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Bill Wyman

Bass player for the Rolling Stones from 1962‐1992.

The bass player for The Rolling Stones from 1962 till 1993, Wyman also had a minor solo hit with “Je Suis un Rock Star” in 1981. More recently, Wyman has been playing with his own group, The Rhythm Kings.

Recommended:
‘Monkey Grip’

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‘Collector's Edition Boxset’

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‘Just for a Thrill’

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