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Today in Rock – January 17th


Happy Birthday to Mick Taylor, guitarist for The Rolling Stones from 1969-1974. Mick is 65 years old today.

I think The Stones had three distinct periods , all based on the guitar player on board. The Brian Jones era was from 1962-1968. Brian was a blues guitarist and was an integral part of the early Stones. He introduced them to American blues and showed his skills on songs like “Little Red Rooster”. Later, Jones expanded into sitars, dulcimers, and other acoustics on songs like “Lady Jane” and “Ruby Tuesday”. Sadly, between rifts in the band, and Jones feeling lost in the egos of Jagger/Richards, he succumbed to his demons and was found dead.

Along came Mick Taylor. For me, these were the best years of the band. Starting with the album “Let It Bleed”, on to “Sticky Fingers”, and “Exile On Main Street” . Three perfect albums in a row (four, if you include Exile as a double) . This was the peak of the band and Mick provided some of the greatest guitar work in the history of rock music. Things tapered off a bit with “Goats Head Soup” and “It’s Only Rock n Roll”, both a bit weaker, and before you know it, Mick Taylor is another Rolling Stones casualty. He didn’t die, but he might as well have. Mick did a few things after he left, but nothing noteworthy. Many stories surround the split of Mick Taylor. I would imagine it’s tough to work with Mick and Keith.

Ron Wood stepped in and stuck around from the “Black & Blue” album in 1975 and remains still. To this day, Ron is compared to Mick Taylor, but that  really isn’t fair. Ron Wood adds a lot to the band in personality, but falls short in ability.

It’s interesting that Mick Taylor’s stint with The Stones was the shortest, but he produced most of the creative highlights of their careers.

Happy Birthday Mick. I hear you knockin’…

The Rolling Stones – Can’t You Hear Me Knocking


About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

One response to “Today in Rock – January 17th

  1. Mick Taylor is my personal favorite of all the Stones guitarists over the years. I loved his quite but brash attitude. He was a part of all my favorite/best Stones albums, and he needs to get his dues!

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