In 1960, Keith and childhood chum Mick Jagger reunited when they ran into each other on a train. Mick was carrying two albums with him at the time — The Best of Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry’s Rockin’ at the Hops, both on Chess Records — and the two college students immediately bonded over their mutual love for the blues. “I thought I was the only guy in the southeast of England that knew anything about this stuff,” Keith laughs. Out of that bond grew the Rolling Stones, who took their name from a song on the Muddy LP called “Rollin’ Stone”; songs from both albums (including Muddy’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and Chuck’s “Let It Rock”) would show up in the band’s set lists for decades to come.
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Keith recalls Willie Dixon taking him to a house party at Muddy Water’s home many years ago.
“It was rocking when I got here, I remember that,” he says. “It’s leaving I don’t remember. I crashed out here, but I woke up at Howlin’ Wolf’s house… the party continued, and I went with it!”