Mick Jagger is an English singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the lead singer and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones.
1. Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger was born 26 July 1943 in Dartford, Kent.
2. Michael Philip Jagger was born into a middle-class family. His father, Basil Fanshawe “Joe” Jagger, and grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers.
3. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary, born in Sydney, Australia, of English descent, was a hairdresser and an active member of the Conservative Party.
4. Jagger’s younger brother, Chris, is also a musician. The two have performed together.
5. Although brought up to follow his father’s career path, Jagger “was always a singer” as he stated in According to the Rolling Stones. “I always sang as a child. I was one of those kids who just liked to sing. Some kids sing in choirs; others like to show off in front of the mirror. I was in the church choir and I also loved listening to singers on the radio—the BBC or Radio Luxembourg—or watching them on TV and in the movies.”
7. In September 1950, Keith Richards and Jagger were classmates at Wentworth Primary School, Dartford. In 1954, Jagger passed the eleven-plus and went to Dartford Grammar School, which now has the Mick Jagger Centre installed within the school’s site, named after its most famous alumnus.
8. Jagger and Richards lost contact with each other when they went to different schools, but after a chance encounter at Dartford Station in July 1960, resumed their friendship and discovered their shared love of rhythm and blues, which for Jagger had begun with Little Richard.
9. Jagger left school in 1961 after obtaining seven O-levels and three A-levels. Jagger and Richards moved into a flat in Edith Grove in Chelsea, London with a guitarist they had encountered named Brian Jones.
10. While Richards and Jones planned to start their own rhythm and blues group, Jagger continued to study business as an undergraduate student at the London School of Economics, and had seriously considered becoming either a journalist or a politician, comparing the latter to a pop star.
11. Jagger’s career has spanned over 50 years.
12. His career has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll”.
13. His distinctive voice and performance, along with Keith Richards’ guitar style, have been the trademark of the Rolling Stones throughout the career of the band.
14. Jagger gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements, and was often portrayed as a countercultural figure.
15. In the late 1960s Jagger began acting in films (starting with Performance and Ned Kelly), to mixed reception.
16. In 1985 Jagger released his first solo album, She’s the Boss.
17. Mick Jagger’s raunchy blockbuster, “She’s The Boss,” (released in 1985) in which he appeared in drag, set the rocker back a staggering £30,000 in frocks, frills, powder and paint – and that was just for his costume. Later Jagger admitted that he was “still the sexiest bit of skirt around.”
18. In early 2009 he joined the electric supergroup SuperHeavy.
19. In 1989 Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
20. In 2004 was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones.
21. In 2003 he was knighted for his services to popular music.
22. Michael Philip Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent.
23. Up until December 4, 1965 the band members had steered clear of drugs. But that fateful day in December was a turning point for most of them. Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and Mick Jagger (alongside poet Allen Ginsberg) attended an acid test organized by the Merry Pranksters, a group dedicated to introducing others to LSD. Only Mick refrained from participating, but Jones and Richards quickly became converts. In describing drugs, Richards explained, “the idea behind it was very pure. Everybody at that point was prepared to use himself as a laboratory.”
24. Jagger has also had an intermittent acting career, most notably in Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s Performance and as Australian bushranger Ned Kelly.
25. He composed an improvised soundtrack for Kenneth Anger’s film Invocation of My Demon Brother on the Moog synthesiser in 1969.
26. He auditioned for the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the 1975 film adaptation of The Rocky Horror Show, a role that was eventually played by the original performer from its run on London’s West End, Tim Curry.
27. He appeared as himself in the Rutles’ film All You Need Is Cash in 1978.
28. In 1983 he starred in Faerie Tale Theatre’s The Nightingale as the emperor.
29. He developed a reputation for playing the heavy later in his acting career in films including Freejack, Bent, and The Man From Elysian Fields.
30. In 1995 Jagger founded Jagged Films with Victoria Pearman. Its first release was the World War II drama Enigma in 2001. That same year it produced a documentary on Jagger entitled Being Mick.
31. The Rolling Stones have been the subjects of numerous documentaries, including Gimme Shelter, which was filmed during the band’s 1969 tour of the US, and 1968’s Sympathy for the Devil directed by French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard.
32. Martin Scorsese worked with Jagger on Shine a Light, a documentary film featuring the Rolling Stones with footage from the A Bigger Bang Tour during two nights of performances at New York’s Beacon Theatre. It screened in Berlin in February 2008.
33. Jagger has been married (and divorced) once, and also has had several other relationships.
34. From 1966 to 1970 he had a relationship with Marianne Faithfull, the singer/songwriter/actress with whom he wrote “Sister Morphine”, a song on the Rolling Stones’ 1971 album Sticky Fingers.
35. In 1970 he met Nicaraguan-born Bianca De Macias.
36. Jagger and De Macias married on 12 May 1971 in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France.
37. Jagger and De Macias separated in 1977, and in May 1978 she filed for divorce on the grounds of his adultery.
38. In late 1977 Jagger began seeing model Jerry Hall; they moved in together and had four children. They attended an unofficial private marriage ceremony in Bali, in Indonesia, on 21 November 1990, and lived at Downe House in Richmond, London. The marriage and the marriage ceremony were declared invalid, unlawful, and null and void by the High Court of England and Wales in London in 1999.
39. Jagger had a relationship with fashion designer L’Wren Scott from 2001 until her suicide in 2014. She left her entire estate, estimated at about US$9 million, to him.
40. Jagger has eight children by five women. With Marsha Hunt, he has daughter Karis Hunt Jagger (born 4 November 1970). With wife Bianca Jagger, he has daughter Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger (born 21 October 1971). With Jerry Hall, he has daughter Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Scarlett Jagger (born 2 March 1984), son James Leroy Augustin Jagger (born 28 August 1985), daughter Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger (born 12 January 1992), and son Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger (born 9 December 1997) and he became a father for the eighth time in December 2016.The musician, 73, and his girlfriend, 29-year-old American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, welcomed their first son in New York on Thursday.
41. He also has five grandchildren, and became a great-grandfather on 19 May 2014, when Jade’s daughter Assisi gave birth to a daughter.
42. Jagger was honoured with a knighthood for services to popular music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2002 and on 12 December 2003 he received the accolade by The Prince of Wales.
43. Maroon 5’s popular song “Moves like Jagger” is about Jagger. Jagger himself acknowledged the song in an interview, calling the concept “very flattering.”
44. Jagger is also referenced in Kesha’s song “Tik Tok”, the Black Eyed Peas’ hit “The Time (Dirty Bit)”, and his vocal delivery is referenced by rapper Kanye West in the T.I. and Jay-Z single “Swagga Like Us”.
45. Basil “Joe” Jagger died of pneumonia on 11 November 2006 at age 93. Although the Rolling Stones were on the A Bigger Bang Tour, Jagger flew to Britain on Friday to see his father before returning to Las Vegas the same day, where he was to perform on Saturday night. The show went ahead as scheduled.
46. Jagger is an avid cricket fan.
47. He founded Jagged Internetworks to cover English cricket.
48. Jagger is an avid supporter of the England national football team and has regularly attended FIFA World Cup games, appearing at France 98, Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.
49. Charlie Watts secretly wed Shirley Ann Shepherd, a plasterer’s daughter, on October 14, 1964. He tried to keep it a secret because the group thought he should stay a bachelor. Watts explained, “I tried to keep it a secret. I wanted it to be a secret. But I suppose if Kruschev can’t keep a secret, neither can I.”
50. Fourteen hotels turned the band down when they tried to find a comfortable bed in New York City for their American tour in June and July 1966. This wasn’t just because of their reputation as short-tempered hotel room wreckers. It was also because of the increasing difficulties of keeping the fans at bay.