Legendary British musician Keith Richards celebrates his 74th birthday today. The man behind some of rock ‘n’ roll music’s most well-known and easily identifiable guitar riffs has anchored The Rolling Stones for over half a century.
Richards’ five-string approach and partnership with Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger has produced such classic hits as “Gimme Shelter,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Loving Cup,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and dozens of others. While Jagger remains among the preeminent frontmen in rock history, he occasionally hands the lead vocal reins over to Keith. Below is a collection of officially shared videos of Richards fronting The Stones over the course of the group’s lengthy career.
The first clip comes from The Rolling Stones’ concert on this date in 1981 at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. Keith gets a birthday shout-out and the chance to front the band on a performance of “Little T&A.” The second video comes from a 2006 concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina and showcases Richards on the Exile On Main St. favorite “Happy.” The next video puts Keith in the spotlight on “Thru And Thru” from a 2003 show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The final two clips come from a performance that saw Richards leading the group on “The Nearness Of You” and “Slipping Away.” Watch all of the footage below: