- His rhythmic accuracy as a guitarist is legendary.
- The name of his primary band, The Rolling Stones, comes from a Muddy Waters song.
- Served as musical director for 1987's Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll!, a biopic of Chuck Berry, who Richards considers his idol.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 1989.
- Suffered a concussion on April 27, 2006, after falling out of a palm tree in Fiji. He was flown to New Zealand for emergency surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.
- Published his memoir, Life, in 2010.
- Played Jack Sparrow's father in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). Johnny Depp claims to have used Richards' mannerisms as inspiration when creating the Jack Sparrow character.