1. The early Stones were far more interested in blues and R&B than they were in rock and roll; the exception to this was Chuck, who they venerated.
2. As the British Invasion went on, Jagger and Richards began developing considerable songwriting strength, and began departing from the mother's milk of blues/R&B. "As Tears Go By" and "Lady Jane", for example, have no connection to blues/R&B musically.
3. The early Mick was not exactly the world's greatest singer, as early vocals readily demonstrate. But he directly improved over time, and began honing the innate charisma which was key to his ascent to rock's greatest frontman. I think the development is pretty much complete by, say, "Aftermath" in 1966. Of course, along with this also came the mannerisms which have led to ridicule over the years.
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