Drummer. He was best known as the drummer for the popular music group The Rolling Stones. He started drumming at around age 13, after he was inspired by a recording of Chico Hamilton playing Gerry Mulligan. His first drum was actually a banjo head that he played with brushes and in 1955, his parents bought him his first real drum kit. He later practiced by playing along to his beloved Charlie Parker and Duke Ellington records and never taking actual lessons. Three years later, he began his professional musical career in a jazz band called the Jo Jones All Stars. In 1961, he joined Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, and a year later he met his future Stones bandmates, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards, in the London blues scene. In January of 1963, he officially joined the Rolling Stones, and his swinging, deceptively laid-back style became as integral to the Stones' sound as Jagger's swagger and or Richards's riffs. He would remain with the group until his passing.
Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye