Keith Richards is a well-known English guitarist, musician, singer, and songwriter. Keith Richards is best recognized as a member of the popular band the Rolling Stones alongside other members Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts.
Table of Biography
Keith Richards was born on 18 December 1943 and he is currently 78 years old. He hails from Dartford, England, and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Talking about his family, his mother is Doris Maud Lydia (née Dupree) and his father is Herbert William Richards. Further, his father was wounded in World War II during the Normandy invasion.
Likewise, his paternal grandparents are Ernie and Eliza Richards. His paternal grandparents were socialists and civic leaders and were both the mayors of the Municipal Borough of Walthamstow in Essex. Also, Richards’ great-grandfather’s family originated from Wales.
Regarding his educational journey, he attended Wentworth Primary School. Later on, he attended Dartford Technical High School for Boys from 1955 to 1959. In the year 1959, Dartford Tech expelled this personality for truancy and transferred to Sidcup Art College.
However, he left the college by mid-1962 and devoted himself to music. Further, he moved into a London flat with friends Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. During this time, his parents divorced. As a result, Roberts stayed close to his mother and remained estranged from his father until 1982.
Career and Professional Life
Professionally, Keith Richards is a singer-songwriter and musician. During the 1960s and 1970s, he used his name “Keith Richard” without the letter – s. This singer has achieved international fame as the co-founder, secondary vocalist, guitarist, and co-principal songwriter of the popular band – Rolling Stones.
Richards’ songwriting partner is Mick Jagger and this partnership is one of the most successful in music history. This singer-songwriter’s career in the field of music expanded over six decades. Likewise, Richards’ guitar playing style has been a trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout their career. Moreover, this singer-songwriter gained press notoriety for his romantic involvement and illicit drug use. The media portrayed this singer often as a countercultural figure.
After graduating from college, this singer became friends with Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, and Brian Jones. These personalities later joined the Rolling Stones. As a member of the Rolling Stones, this personality is the only member besides Jagger to sing lead on some Stones’ songs.
This singer typically sings lead on at least one song at each concert. Some of the songs in which Richards has sung as a lead are Happy, Before They Make Me Run, and Connection. Outside of his career with the Rolling Stones, this personality has also played with his own side-project called The X-Pensive Winos.
Moreover, Richards also appeared in three Pirates of the Caribbean films as Captain Teague. His character in this series was that of the father of Jack Sparrow. This character was actually inspired by Richards himself in terms of look and characterization.
Likewise, in the year 1989, this singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Further, in 2004, Richards was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Richards 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists in the year 2011. Also, the magazine lists 14 songs that this singer wrote with the Rolling Stones’ lead vocalist Jagger on its 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Keith Richards is a happily married man. His wife is Patti Hansen and they tied the knot on 18 December 1983. Patti is actually his 2nd wife and they met each other initially in 1979. Moreover, Patti is a model and the two tied the knot on the singer’s 40th birthday. With Patti, Richards has two daughters namely Theodora Dupree and Alexandra Nicole.
In September 2014, this singer published a children’s book with his daughter Theodora. Their book is titled Gus and Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. Furthermore, this singer-songwriter has five grandchildren in total. Three of his grandchildren are from his son Marlon and two from his daughter Angela.
Talking about his previous relationship, this singer was romantically involved with Anita Pallenberg – the Italian-born actress – from 1967 to 1979. With Anita, Richards has three children namely Marlon Leon Sundeep, Angela, and Tara Jo Jo Gunne. Marlon was named after the actor Marlon Brando and was born in 1969. Likewise, the family welcomed their daughter in 1972. Sadly, their son Tara passed away aged just over two months due to infant death syndrome (SIDS) on 6 June 1976.
Keith Richards stands tall at an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches or 175 cm and his weight is around 161 lbs or 73 kgs. Likewise, the Rolling Stones guitarist has dark brown eyes and hair of the same color that has turned grey with aging.
Social Media and Net Worth
Keith Richards joined Twitter in August 2010 and so far has over 1.3 million followers on his @officialKeef account. Likewise, his Instagram username is @officialkeef and has more than 1.3 million followers as of May 2022. Similarly, the singer has over 2.4 million followers on his Facebook profile. The singer then created his “Keith Richards” Youtube channel on 25 November 2010. So far, this channel has over 19.8 million views and 84.8K subscribers. Moving on, this well-known musician has a net worth of around $500 million US dollars.