THE ROLLING STONES: Remembering a major shakeup 49 years ago this week
A major change in The Rolling Stones' lineup occurred on this day (June 8th) in 1969 when, citing "personal differences" as a face-saving cover for his increasing problems with drugs, drink, violence and disinterest in the band's musical path, Brian Jones left the band he originally brought together.
Less than a month later, on July 3rd, he was found dead in his swimming pool.
Guitarist Mick Taylor, who was 20 at the time, made his debut with the band two days later in London's Hyde Park, a free concert that became a tribute to Jones.
Bill Wyman reflects on the late Brian Jones:
"Brian Jones created the Rolling Stones. It was Brian Jones who wanted to form a blues band. It was Brian Jones who gave The Rolling Stones their name. It was Brian Jones who chose the music we would play. It was Brian Jones who was the biggest star in the band. It was Brian Jones who got all the fan mail and all the girls. Not as people would think Mick Jagger and Keith Richards."
Mick Taylor left the Stones in 1974 and was replaced by Ron Wood, who is still with the band.