In 1962, Brian Jones formed the Rolling Stones with pianist Ian Stewart, vocalist Mick Jagger, and Jagger’s buddy and guitarist Keith Richards. Through the Rolling Stones’ early days, Jones served as leader, entertainer, and supervisor for the group, however he became alienated by the group and became dependent on drugs and booze and drowned in his pool a month after being requested to depart the group.
Produced during World War II to Welsh parents, Jones suffered from asthma as a kid and throughout his life. Though Jones was very smart, he was a lazy student. He quit school and left home soon following a scandal where he fathered an illegitimate infant son who had been later given up for adoption. Jones shortly moved to London to play blues guitar in local pubs. Bassist Bill Wyman and jazz-influenced drummer Charlie Watts shortly joined the group.
Through the Rolling Stones’ early days, Jones served as leader, entertainer and supervisor for the group. As the most photogenic group member, his antics and fashion sense were immediately embraced by the swingers of 1960s London . In 1963, the group hired manager Andrew Loog Oldham, who helped them educate a harsh, somewhat menacing persona. Oldham’s coming also marked the fall of Jones as ringleader. Jagger and Richard, who did much of the songwriting, shortly went to the limelight.
From the mid 1960s, Jones was feeling increasingly alienated from the group and became increasingly more dependent on substances and booze. He was first detained for drug use in May of 1967, and by May of 1968, he was recording his closing significant contributions using the Stones.