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Rock Hall Anniversary: Brian Jones and Mick Taylor

For the Rolling Stones, 1969 would bring a departure of one member and the arrival of another.

It was June 8th, 1969, Brian Jones was ousted from the group he had founded as originally a blues band, and bestowed a name coming from a song from Muddy Waters. By this time, his contributions with the Stones had diminished, following various legal troubles, mood swings, and ultimately the estrangement from the rest of the band, especially with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards firmly in the forefront. Also by this time, the Stones were at work on their next album Let it Bleed, in which Jones contributed on two songs.

One month later, Jones was found dead at his home in his swimming pool. His death was ruled as “misadventure”, as he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. After his death, there have been claims that he has been murdered, but such a case was never pursued. At age 27, Jones had also joined the list of four other musicians who would die at that age, including Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison.

The Stones’ free concert in Hyde Park two days later was dedicated in Jones’s memory, but it was also the debut of their new member Mick Taylor, who joined the band on June 13th. The Let it Bleed album would be the first for Taylor. He would also be a part the Stones’ continuing creative peak, which would also include albums Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile on Main Street (1972). Taylor left the Stones in December 1974, after over five years with the band. Despite his short tenure with the Stones, Taylor has been deemed as one of the greatest guitarist of all time.

Both Taylor and Jones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, for their contributions as members of the Rolling Stones.

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