Brian Jones born 2/28/1942 - R.I.P. 7/3/1969
Brian was the founder and the original leader of the Rolling Stones. A multi-instrumentalist, he played slide guitar, rhythm and lead guitar, Piano, organ, plus exotics like the marimba, recorder, sitar , harmonica, saxophone, and oboe.. Jones and bandmate Keith Richards developed a unique style of guitar play that Richards refers to as the "ancient art of weaving" where both players would play both rhythm and lead parts together.
A few years after he named and founded the Rolling Stones as a British Blues Band in 1962, Mick and Keith took over the band's musical direction, and wrote most of the Stones new material. Brian did not mesh well with the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham who guided the band into a musical direction that didn't jibe with Brian's blues background. At that time, Brian then developed a drug problem, and he increasingly unreliable, ending in his dismissal from the band in June of 1969. Mick Taylor replaced him. Jones died less than a month later by drowning in the swimming pool at his home while under the influence of drugs. Remembering Brian today on his birthday. Andy