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Ian Stewart
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    (July 18, 1938-December 12, 1985)
    Born in Pittenweem, East Neuk, Fife, United Kingdom
    Keyboardist for the Rolling Stones (boogie-woogie style)
    Appeared on ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘Let It Bleed,’ Brown Sugar,’ and ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll (But I Like It)’
    Also played on Led Zeppelin’s ‘Rock and Roll,’ ‘Boogie with Stu,’ and ‘Physical Graffiti’ and the <9613>Yardbirds’<9613> ‘Drinking Muddy Water’
    Perhaps helped by being a Scotsman, he loved golf — which was a huge factor in the band’s touring accommodations.
    He was discharged from National Service not a week after he was called up.
    The band’s first manager had him dismissed on the grounds that (1) he was too burly and stout-jawed to represent the spirit of teen rebellion, and (2) six was one too many in the band.
    On ‘Wild Horses’: ‘Minor chords! I don’t play minor chords! When I’m playing on stage… I lift me hands in protest.’
    His fatal heart attack came in the waiting room of the clinic he visited for respiratory problems.
    While the family relocated to Surrey when he was all of four months and ultimately settled in London, he would retain a pronounced Scottish accent.
    He was the first respondent to Brian Jones’ ad (1962) seeking members for his new group — and the only member who, at the time, had a telephone.
    Despite no longer being in the official line-up, the band and manager allowed him to continue as their driver, road manager, backing musician, and source of approval.
    He was a contributor to ‘Undercover’ (which featured ‘Under Cover of the Night’) and appeared at the earliest stages of ‘Dirty Work’ (which eventually featured ‘Harlem Shuffle’).
    For their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1989), his surviving bandmates insisted on a posthumous honor for him.
    In his 2010 autobiography Life, Keith Richards wrote: ‘Without his knowledge and organization… we’d be nowhere.’
    Scottish writer Ian Ranking based John Rebus – the main character of his crime novels – on this ‘sixth Stone.’

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