Keith Richards, the legendary Rolling Stones guitarist turns 75 today. Born on December 18th, 1943 in Dartford, United Kingdom, Richards combined a heavy blues inspiration with Chuck Berry influenced riffs to form his signature playing style, which often featured open tunings on a five string Telecaster.
Richards' 75th comes just twelve days after the Rolling Stones celebrated the 50th anniversary release of Beggars Banquet, their seventh and ninth studio album in Britain and America respectively.
Beggars featured almost all originals penned by Jagger and Richards ("Prodigal Son" by Robert Wilkins being the only exception). "No Expectations," "Street Fighting Man," (singles released in August of '68) "Salt of the Earth," and "Stray Cat Blues" round out a deep track list headlined by the undisputed heavy weight hit from the album; side one, track one: "Sympathy For The Devil."
Here's audio of a live version of 'Sympathy performed at Madison Square Garden as part of the infamous Get Yer Ya Ya's Out Tour in 1969, mixed with video footage from The Stones performance at Altamont.
Also, check out Keith's version of "Run Run Rudolph."