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Keith Richard (NOT Richards)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by flashdaily, Jul 4, 2006.

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  1. flashdaily

    flashdaily Active Member Thread Starter

    Would you legally change your name because nobody could "get it right"? Well, that's what Keith Richard of the Rolling Stones apparently felt he had to do. People (morons) insisted on calling him "Keith Richards" and Keith finally got tired of correcting them so he legally changed it to "Richards". Talk about a world full of morons! I still call him Keith Richard, I can't bring myelf to say "Richards" because it reminds me of how moronic people can be. I wish he'd stuck to his guns and kept his original name. Don't you?
  2. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    If he sang a duet with Cliff, they could be the RICHARDS :)
  3. aceman400

    aceman400 Black Triangle Fan

    Sorry, doesn't really bother me one way or another.
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    Never thought about it, coryghafflys.
  5. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    His original name is "Richards". Andrew Oldham made him change it to "Richard" to sound more cool. So in a sense he did "stick to his guns" by adding the s back on.

    I thought he added the s back on due to his '77 drug bust, but I could be wrong about that. I know his name started showing up as "Richards" about that time.
  6. paulg61

    paulg61 Forum Resident

    NAh - it was originally Richards and then he changed it to Richard at the suggestion of Andrew Loog Oldham to sound more star-lso people would get confused (not likely) with the bigger star (at the time) Cliff Richard and then sometime in the 70's he changed it back to the original Richards (Maybe after one of those visits to Switzerland!!
  7. johnnyv

    johnnyv Forum Resident

    tampa, fl
    It really is Richards

    I can't remember exactly where I read it, but I do remember back in the 60's when we first heard of the Stones, that Keith's name IS actually Richards. He dropped the "S" for some reason and went back to it years later.
  8. lukpac

    lukpac Senior Member

    Milwaukee, WI
    Found this:


    "OK, I'll take a stab at it. He was born as Keith Richards. When
    Andrew Oldham started managing, the 's' was dropped for (pick 1 or more)
    this reason: 1) Artistic pretensions 2) To separate himself from his father's
    name, since he wasn't talking to his dad anymore 3) To sound like Cliff
    Richard, a popular artist at the time. 1 & 2 are actual reasons I've
    heard, #3 is just a rumor that I'm starting right now.
    He was Keith Richard right up until the late 70's. The 's' came back
    because: 1) As a result of his big arrest in Canada, the press was
    referring to him as his birth surname of Richards. Keith took it as
    an opportunity to abandon his prior junkie past, and took it back.
    2) He made up with his dad, and didn't mind being a Richards again.
    Just call him Keith!"
  9. bruckner1

    bruckner1 New Member

    Menasha, WI
    Stuff like this drives the geneologists absolutely nuts!
  10. bhazen

    bhazen Beatles Forever!

    Newcastle, WA
    I can never remember which is which!
  11. 2take

    2take New Member

    But I thought it was Keef! :D
  12. rene smalldridge

    rene smalldridge Senior Member

    And then there was Charlie Watt, Brian Jone and Mike Jagger.
  13. bumbletort

    bumbletort Senior Member

    Baltimore, Md, USA
    What makes you so sure there's not more than one of him?
  14. Mike Dow

    Mike Dow I kind of like the music

    Bangor, Maine
  15. Joe Koz

    Joe Koz Prodigal Bone Brotherâ„¢ In Memoriam

    What Luke posted has been common knowledge for years. How do you feel about this now, after learning the correct reason for Keith's name change?
    :agree: :agree: :agree:
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