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Editor’s Note: Today the Rolling Stones’ guitarist turns 77 years young. Not only a guitar paragon, Richards is a singer, songwriter, and best-selling author. He’s also notorious as one of the folks who has lived the rock and roll lifestyle to its extreme, and survived. In his honor, we offer 10 things you may not know about “the man death forgot.”
“‘Mom, I’m gonna come back, and I’m gonna make so much money working in University of Chicago that I’m gonna drive a polka dot Cadillac.’”
“Well man, I spent over half my life in the streets of Chicago. So, I’ve seen plenty of blues, and I’ve had plenty of blues.”
The Florida Jazz and Blues Jam is an intimate, one-day event. But with six headlining acts, it packs a big punch.
“I don’t necessarily try to emulate any particular type of singer; I just sing the way it comes naturally to me.”