Brian Jones served as a bridge between southside Chicago Blues and the young, white audience for Rock and Roll. He founded the Rolling Stones, along with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Their original niche was to play fairly faithful covers of classic blues songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and other black blues masters from Chicago. He was the most musically talented member of the Rolling Stones – being able to play many different instruments.
He also was the symbol of the “mod rebel rocker.” He was fired from the Rolling Stones because he was no longer reliable and would not be able to get a work permit to tour America. A month later he was found dead in his swimming pool. His death at 27 was the first of the Sixties rock movement to die of excessive alcohol and drug consumption. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison also died at the age of 27 within two years. Ironically, Jim Morrison died two years to the day after Jones. The coincidence of ages has been described as the “27 Club.” Click below for the most complete tribute on the Web!