The band were originally known as Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem.
They changed their name to The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Note the word "the" in the band's name at this time.
Hillel, Flea, and Jack had previously been in Anthym/What Is This.
After this, Hillel Slovak and Jack Irons quit to concentrate on the band What Is This.
The band's second line-up was Anthony Keidis, Jack Sherman, Flea, and Cliff Martinez. This line-up recorded the band's first album The Red Hot Chili Peppers and wrote half of the songs on the band's second album Freaky Styley, but didn't play on Freaky Styley.
Part way through the writing of Freaky Styley, Jack Sherman was fired and Hillel Slovak rejoined.
Now, the band was Anthony Keidis, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Cliff Martinez. This line-up recorded the band's second album Freaky Styley.
Around this time, the band moved in with George Clinton.
Cliff Martinez was fired and Jack Irons rejoined.
The band was now back to its original line-up.
The band recorded and released The Uplift Mofo Party Plan.
Original guitarist Hillel Slovak died of a heroin overdose in 1988 and original drummer Jack Irons quit soon after.
The band was now Anthony Keidis, Dewayne McKnight, Flea, and D.H. Peligro.
Dewayne McKnight was fired and replaced by John Frusciante.
The band was now Anthony Keidis, John Frusciante, Flea, and D.H. Peligro. This line-up co-wrote parts of Mother's Milk, but didn't play on the album.
D.H. Peligro was fired a short time later.
In 1988, the band hired Chad Smith, who had previously been in several other bands, including Toby Redd. He has been the band's drummer ever since.
Mother's Milk is the first album the band released without the word "the" in their name.
In 1992, after recording two albums with the band, John Frusciante quit.
In 1992, guitarist Arik Marshall joined.
The band was now Anthony Keidis, Arik Marshall, Flea, and Chad Smith.
In 1993, guitarist Jesse Tobias joined.
In 1994, then former Jane's Addiction and former Deconstruction guitarist Dave Navarro joined.
The band was now Anthony Keidis, Dave Navarro, Flea, and Chad Smith. This line-up recorded most of One Hot Minute.
In 1998, Dave Navarro was fired and John Frusciante was rehired.
In 2007, Josh Klinghoffer joined as a second guitarist.
In 2009, John Frusciante quit for a second time, making Josh Klinghoffer the band's sole guitarist.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have won seven Grammy Awards, and have become one of the best-selling bands of all time, selling over 80 million records worldwide. In 2012, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.