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’…