Keith Richards (born 18 December, 1943) is an English musician and songwriter, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Rolling Stone magazine said Richards had created 'rock's greatest single body of riffs,' and ranked him 4th on its list of 100 best guitarists. Fourteen songs Richards wrote with the Rolling Stones' lead vocalist Mick Jagger are listed among Rolling Stone magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of All Time.' Richards's notoriety for illicit drug use stems in part from several drug busts during the late 1960s and 1970s. Keith Richards is the only child of Bertrand Richards and Doris Dupree Richards. He was born at Livingston Hospital in Dartford, Kent. His father was a factory worker who was injured in World War II during the Normandy invasion. Richards's paternal grandparents were socialists and civic leaders whose family originated from Wales.
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