Mick Jagger is one of the most influential artists in the history of rock and roll. This famous, pouty idol of rock and roll is not only a musician, but has also dabbled with songwriting and acting. Known for his showmanship, Jagger is today, one of the greatest names in the world of music. He is also a founding member of ‘The Rolling Stones’. Mick Jagger carved a niche for himself in the music industry and went on to inspire generations of rock and roll enthusiasts. Born into a typical middle class family, he shared his passion for music with another famous artist, Keith Richards, from very early on. His unique vocal style and convulsive, often erotic/suggestive stage movements got the band, ‘The Rolling Stones’ nailed as the scalawag of the music industry, in contrast to the straightforward ‘Beatles’. During his heydays, he released a stream of hits with ‘The Rolling Stones’ including, ‘Respectable’ and ‘Hot Stuff’. Apart from his affiliation with the Rolling Stones, he also had a stunning solo career, delivering one hit album after another such as ‘She’s the Boss’, ‘Primitive Cool’, Wandering Spirit’ and ‘Goddess in the Doorway’. Career apart, he was a popular counterculture symbol, gaining much attention for his drug usage and on-stage notoriety.
- Michael Philip ‘Mick’ Jagger was born to Basil Fanshawe Jagger and Eva Ensley Mary, in Dartford, Kent, England. He is the eldest of the two sons born to the couple.He began singing from a very young age and was a member of the church choir. In 1950, he became friends with Keith Richards at Wentworth Primary School.The duo lost contact in between and Jagger went on to graduate from Dartford Grammar School. The two eventually resumed their friendship in 1960 and discovered that they both shared a common passion for rhythm and blues music.While Richards went on to form his own group with a guitarist, Brian Jones, Jagger went on to complete his education at the London School of Economics, where he dreamt of becoming a politician or a journalist.In 1962, the band, ‘The Rolling Stones’ was formed, which comprised of him, as the lead vocalist and on the harmonica, Charlie Watts on the Drums, Brian Jones on the guitar, Bill Wyman on bass and Keith Richards on guitar.Career
- In 1964, The Rolling Stones released their first self-titled record, ‘The Rolling Stones’. The following year, they had their first no.1 success in the United Kingdom with ‘The Last Time’, followed by ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction’.From 1966 to 1969, the band toured the world dishing out great hits like ‘Let’s Spend the Night together’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil’. During this time, one of their band members, Brian Jones, committed suicide.Jones was swiftly succeeded by Mick Taylor and the group went on to record, ‘Let it Bleed’ in 1969. Two years later, they released one of their best albums, ‘Stick Fingers’, which includes singles like ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Wild Horses’.In the 1970s, Jagger experimented with other genres of music including punk and disco. The album, ‘Some Girls’, released in 1978, showcased different genres of music. Through the remainder part of the 1970s, he went on a number of tours with ‘The Rolling Stones’.In 1985, he decided to go solo and launched his debut solo album, ‘She’s the Boss’. However, it wasn’t as successful as his earlier albums with the Rolling Stones. During this period, his relationship with Richards also turner sour.In 1987, he released his second solo effort, ‘Primitive Cool’, which was critically acclaimed but did not do well commercially. Two years later, The Rolling Stones came back with a bang, with the album, ‘Steel Wheels’.In 1990, he released his third solo album, ‘Wandering Spirit’, which became a commercial success and was featured on numerous popular charts. Five years later, he founded ‘Jagged Films’ with Victoria Pearman.In 2001, he released ‘Goddess in the Doorway’, which included the hit single, ‘Visions of Paradise’. He also performed for a charity concert following the gruesome September 11 attacks. The following year, he appeared in the movie, ‘The Man from Elysian Fields’.In 2007, the Rolling Stones made a fortune while on their ‘A Bigger Bang Tour’, which earned them a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Two years later, he collaborated with U2 and performed ‘Gimme Shelter’ at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert.In 2007, he produced the comedy, ‘The Knights of Prosperity’, which aired on ABC. He was also seen in the first episode of the show.In 2011, he formed a new supergroup, ‘SuperHeavy’, with band members Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman, Damian Marley and Dave Stewart. The same year, he appeared in the music video of ‘T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever) by Will.I.am. Additionally, he also appeared in the movie, ‘Some Girls: Live in Texas ‘78’.He performed at the White House for President Barack Obama along with a Blues ensemble and was also seen performing in a concert for ‘Sandy Relief’ along with The Rolling Stones on December 12, 2012.Major Works
- ‘Wandering Spirit’, released in 1993, was his third solo album and became a critical and commercial hit. It hit the number 12 position in the United Kingdom and the number 11 spot in US countdowns. It was certified ‘Gold’ by the RIAA. The single ‘Don’t Tear me Up’ found moderate success and charted the Billboard ‘Album Rock Track’ charts for a week.Awards & Achievements
- In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.In 2002, he received knighthood for his services to musicHe won a Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Original Song’ for ‘Old Habits Die Hard’, in 2004.Personal Life & Legacy
- He married Bianca de Macias, who is from Nicaragua, on May 12, 1971. She filed for divorce 7 years later.While still married to Bianca, he began dating Jerry Hall. The duo married on November 21, 1990, in a Hindu service on a beach in Indonesia. The marriage was negated nine years later.Mick Jagger is known for his countless relationships. He has fathered seven children with four different women; Marsha Hunt, Bianca De Macias, Jerry Hall and Luciana Gimenez.He has been time and again linked with other personalities including Angelina Jolie, Bebe Buell, Carla Bruni, Sophie Dahl, Carly Simon and Chrissie Shrimpton.He is a passionate cricket fan and founded the ‘Jagged internetworks’ so he could get a full and immediate report of English cricket.He is a popular counterculture figure along with Keith Richards and is best-known for his sexual lyrics and drug-related detentions.Jagger’s vocal talent is recognized in Jay-Z’s single, ‘Swagga Like Us’. He is also the subject of Maroon 5’s hit single, ‘Moves like Jagger’.In 2010, Mick Jagger’s life was highlighted at the Rencontres d’Arles, where the album showcased his development as a musician over 5 decades.Trivia
- A photo of this popular counterculture icon’s buttocks was sold at an auction house for $4,000.
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