Childhood & Early Life
Michael Philip ‘Mick’ Jagger was born on 26 July 1943, in Dartford, Kent, England, to Basil Fanshawe Jagger and Eva Ensley Mary. 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 with each other 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 (R&B) music.
While Richards went on to form his own group with the 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 Jagger as the lead vocalist and on the harmonica, Charlie Watts on the drums, Brian Jones on the guitar and keyboard, Bill Wyman on bass, and Keith Richards on guitar.
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In 1964, ‘The Rolling Stones’ released their first self-titled record. The following year, they came up with a song titled ‘The Last Time,’ which peaked at number one on the UK charts, followed by ‘(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.’
From 1966 to 1969, the band toured the world, performing 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 quickly 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, ‘Sticky Fingers,’ which included 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,’ which released in 1978, showcased different genres of music. Throughout the late-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 turned sour.
In 1987, he released his second solo album, ‘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 at 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.’
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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 called ‘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 on 21 February 2012. He was also seen performing in a benefit concert named ‘12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief’ along with ‘The Rolling Stones’ on December 12, 2012.
‘The Rolling Stones’ played at the ‘Glastonbury Festival’ in 2013. In the same year, Jagger teamed up with his brother Chris Jagger for two new duets for his album ‘Concertina Jack,’ which was released to mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album.
In July 2017, Jagger released the double A-sided single ‘Gotta Get a Grip’ / ‘England Lost.’
Jagger co-created and executive produced the period drama series ‘Vinyl’ (2016), which starred Bobby Cannavale and aired for one season on ‘HBO’ before its cancellation.
In September 2018, it was announced by ‘Variety’ that Jagger would portray an English art dealer-collector and patron in Giuseppe Capotondi’s thriller ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy.’
Personal Life & Legacy
From 1966 to 1970, Jagger had a relationship with Marianne Faithfull, an English singer-songwriter and actress.
He was in a relationship with Marsha Hunt from 1969 to 1970.
He married Nicaraguan-born Bianca De Macias on May 12, 1971. Bianca filed for divorce seven years later.
While still married to Bianca, he began dating Jerry Hall. The couple 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 many relationships. He fathered seven children with four different women; Marsha Hunt, Bianca De Macias, Jerry Hall, and Luciana Gimenez Morad.
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Melanie Hamrick gave birth to Jagger's eighth child, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger, on 8 December 2016.
Jagger has been romantically 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 on English cricket.
Along with Keith Richards, Jagger is a popular counterculture figure. He is best known for his sexually explicit 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 a photo album showcased his development as a musician over five decades.