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Ian "Stu" Stewart
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Ian "Stu" Stewart- (1938-1985)--(member of the Rolling Stones 1961-1962, unofficial Stone 1962-1985)
Born: Pittenweem, Fife, Scotland
Ian Steward played keyboards and served as the road manager for the Rolling Stones for nearly 24 years, from the founding of the band in 1961 to his death in 1985. He was often dubbed The Sixth Stone. Despite being left off of the "official" band membership lineup in 1962 due to his "unsexy" appearance, Stewart was an integral partner with the other Stones in developing the music and in selecting the sounds the band recorded. Among his best work for the Stones are his keyboards on "Let It Bleed", "Brown Sugar", "Dead Flowers", "Sweet Virginia", "Honky Tonk Women", and the covers of Chuck Berry's "Carol" and "Little Queenie" from the live Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! album.
Stewart also performed session work with other bands, the best known of which are the keyboards on Led Zeppelin's singles, "Rock and Roll" and "Boogie With Stu," with Stewart being the "Stu" in the song's title that Led Zeppelin boogied with.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stewart formed a traditional boogie-woogie jazz band called Rocket 88 with fellow Stone Charlie Watts on drums, Alexis Korner on guitar, and Cream founder Jack Bruce on acoustic bass.
Stewart died on December 12, 1985, of a heart attack while sitting in his doctor's waiting room.
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