He formed the band. He chose the members. He named the band. He chose the music we played. He got us gigs. ... Very influential, very important, and then slowly lost it -- highly intelligent -- and just kind of wasted it and blew it all away.A new producer cut into his clout, and the emergence of Jagger and Richards as a songwriting team trumped his preference for classic blues covers. He went into a drug-fueled spiral, and on this day in 1969 he and the band parted ways. And a month later, well . . .
Jones was known for noodling with a lot of instruments on a lot of famous tracks. Here's one where he played the recorder.
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