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The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards: ‘I hated my name’

Guitarist says he was envious of bluesmen with cool names

The Rolling StonesKeith Richards has revealed that he used to hate his name – because he thought it was not cool enough.

The guitarist was speaking in BBC4 documentary ‘Blues Britannia: Can Blue Men Sing The Whites?, set to air tonight (May 1) at 9pm (BST).

“It made me sick – my name’s Keith Richards,” he said. “It hardly makes it against Howlin’ Wolf or Muddy Waters, does it?

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“On my first guitar I had Boy Blue written – just pathetic. But that was as good as I got at the time.”

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