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Keith Richards Biography

Birth Place:
Dartford, Kent, England
Musician, songwriter, singer

Fast Facts

  • His rhythmic accuracy as a guitarist is legendary
  • The name of his primary band, The Rolling Stones, comes from a Muddy Waters song
  • Served as musical director for 1987's Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!, a biopic of Chuck Berry, who Richards considers his idol
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 1989
  • Suffered a concussion on April 27, 2006, after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji
  • He was flown to New Zealand for emergency surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain
  • Published his memoir, Life, in 2010
  • Played Jack Sparrow's father in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  • Johnny Depp claims to have used Richards' mannerisms as inspiration when creating the Jack Sparrow character