As one who became a Stones fan with Satisfaction and the Jagger/Richard hits that followed, I was surprised that many fans of the early Stones fans considered Brian the real key and spark to their sound and attitude. But a look at some of the early videos (god save Youtube) shows some amazing Brian moments--now I believe it.
But I gotta add--Jagger/Richards built an amazing catalog from Satisfaction to Exile--and still surprised me with "A Bigger Bang"--far more inspired writing and playing than I expected. Keith and Mick didn't get along too well, I am told, but still made it happen. (Ray and Dave, are you listening?)
Other ghosts from the past--Art Punk, TedStar, TedMor, Zeno, Dr. T--the name is Ted
Ted, Ive also been a Stones fan for a while. From the album Rolling Stones Now, in the mid-sixties, to present. Ive always preferred their earlier albums. I always felt Brian was significant in their rise in popularity. He was a great and versatile musician. And according to Bill Wyman in his biography Stone Alone, if my memory is correct, he and Brian wrote siongs such as Play With Fire, Ruby Tuesday, and Jumpin Jack Flash. However, The Stones have made many great albums through the decades. last night I listened To Exile and Sticky Fingers. What great albums they are! You make a great point about Mick and Keith!