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Born: July 26, 1943
Birthplace: Dartford, United Kingdom
Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor. He is best known for being the co-founder and lead vocalist for the Rolling Stones.
Mick Jagger was raised in Dartford, Kent, England. In the 1950s, Jagger and Keith Richards were classmates at Wentworth Primary School. Jagger left school in 1961. Both he and Richards moved into an apartment in Chelsea, London.
Jagger continued his education by studying business courses at the London School of Economics and was aspiring to become a journalist or a politician.
When the Rolling Stones were beginning, they played for no money in the interval of Alexis Korner’s gigs at a basement club. Most of the time the band mates did not have their own equipment to play so they often borrowed Alexis’ instruments and music gear.
On July 12, 1961, the group mad their first appearance under the name the Rollin’ Stones was at the Marquee Club, a jazz club. At the time, the members included Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Dick Taylor, and Tony Chapman. By 1963, the band was gaining some popularity and by 1964, two unscientific opinion polls rated them as Britain’s most popular group, outranking the Beatles.
Jagger left the London School of Economics in order to pursue his musical career with the Rolling Stones. Jagger and Richards soon began writing their own songs. Their first international hit was “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. This song established the Rolling Stones’ image as being troublemakers in contrast to the Beatles.
The group released several hit albums including December’s Children (And Everybody’s), Aftermath, and Between the Buttons.
In 1967, Jagger and Richards were arrested on drug charges and were given unusually harsh sentences: Jagger was sentenced to three months in prison for possession of only four over-the-counter pep pills he got in Italy. Richards’ sentence was overturned and Jagger was amended to a conditional charge by only spend one night in Brixton Prision.
The band moved to the south of France in 1971 and started to work on a new image. Jagger learned to play the guitar and started to contribute his newfound musical knowledge in some songs on the Sticky Fingers album. The 1972 album, Exile on Main St. received positive reviews and Jagger’s performance in the emotional, gospel-influenced song “Let it Loose” received high acclaim and is thought to be one of his finest vocal achievements ever.
While touring and making new albums with the Rolling Stones, Jagger began his solo career. In 1985, he released his first solo album titled She’s the Boss. His single, “Just Another Night” was a Top Ten hit. Jagger did a cover of “Dancing in the Street” with David Bowie and the song reached number one in the UK. In 1987, Jagger released his second solo album titled Primitive Cool which did not do as well as his debut album but was still received with positive praise.
Jagger relased his third solo album in 1993 titled Wandering Spirit. Wandering Spirit was released in February 1993 and was commercially successful. It reached No. 2 in the UK. The US received the album with great success and was No. 11 and also went gold. The third single “Don’t Tear Me Up” topped the Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks charts for one week.
In 2007, the Rolling Stones made $437 million on their A Bigger Bang Tour, which landed them in the Guinness World Records for the most lucrative music tour. On Feb. 21, 2012, Jagger and a blues ensemble performed at the White House concert series in front of President Barack Obama.
Jagger has also dipped in some acting. He landed a role in Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance in 1968 and Ned Kelly in 1970.
Jagger was appointed Knight Bachelor for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2002. On Dec. 12, 2003 he was knighted by HRH, The Prince of Wales.
Jagger’s relationships have been highlighted in the media throughout the years. He has been married twice and has had numerous romantic entanglements. He currently has seven children with four different women. He also has four grandchildren and is expected to become a great-grandfather in 2014.
Jagger has been credited for his swarthy charm and being eternally youthful.