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Mick Jagger
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Born in Dartford, Kent
Born on 26th of July 1943

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Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent on July 26th 1943. He is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and lead vocalist and frontman of the rock band, The Rolling Stones. Jagger was born into a middle-class family, the eldest of two sons, to teacher, Basil Jagger and his Australian wife, Eva. He went to Dartford Grammar School before attending the London School of Economics in 1961, and looked destined to follow his father into a teaching career. As a child, Jagger used to sing in the church choir but had no formal musical training. Jagger and Keith Richards were old friends from primary school and were reunited on a train in 1960, discovering a mutual love of rhythm and blues music. Keith Richards had formed a band called Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys and invited Mick to join. However, Jagger continued at LSE, but did not graduate, leaving in 1962 after less than a year. He decided to pursue a music career with the band, which was now playing several times a week. After meeting Brian Jones through the group Blues Incorporated at the Jazz Club in Ealing, Keith and Mick asked him to form a band with them. Charlie Watts was also guest drummer with Blues Incorporated around this time. Mick, Keith and Brian then formed 'The Rolling Stones', along with Ian Stewart and Dick Taylor. The band played their first gig together in July 1962, supporting Long John Baldry at London's Marquee Club, playing the venue several more times later in the year. Jagger, Jones and Richards then moved in together and in October 1962 cut a demo tape of 3 classic R&B tracks by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed and Bo Diddley. EMI and Decca Records showed no interest, with a Decca representative even going so far as to say the band would get nowhere with Mick as the lead singer. Eventually, Bill Wyman joined the band as bassist and Charlie Watts as drummer, completing their early line up. The Rolling Stones opened the very first edition of Top of the Pops in January 1963 with a rendition of 'I Wanna Be Your Man'. Jagger and Richards soon began writing their own lyrics and their songwriting partnership flourished. Their first composition was 'As Tears Go By', written in 1964 for Marianne Faithfull who reached Number 4 in the British charts with it. Andrew Loog Oldham became the band's manager and booked them on their first UK tour in the autumn of 1963. By 1964 the band were outranking The Beatles in popularity, and commenced their first US tour in June 1964. Their single, 'The Last Time' reached number 1 in the UK charts in February 1965 closely followed by, 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' becoming an international number 1 hit in May 1965, establishing them as a worldwide premier act. Their 1966 album, 'Aftermath' was their first album written entirely by Jagger and Richards with musical experimentation from Brian Jones. Jones died in 1969 and was replaced by Mick Taylor who stayed with the band through five albums until 1974 when Ronnie Wood joined. Jagger's output with The Rolling Stones includes 22 studio albums in the UK and 24 in the USA, 8 concert albums (9 in the US) and numerous compilation albums. They have had 32 UK and US top-10 singles and 43 UK and US top-10 albums between 1964 and 2008, selling more than 200 million albums worldwide. Their latest album, 'A Bigger Bang' was released in 2005, followed by the highest grossing tour in history, which lasted until summer 2007. Jagger took over managing the band's business affairs in 1971 and has done so ever since, along with his colleague, Rupert Lowenstein. He released his first solo album, 'She's The Boss' in 1985, releasing 4 more solo albums since, including a 'Best Of' in 2007. Jagger's personal fortune is estimated at £215 million. He has also had an acting career, most notably in Nicholas Roeg's 'Performance' in 1968 and as Australian bushranger in 'Ned Kelly' in 1970. In 1992 be appeared in science fiction film, 'Freejack', in 1997 as a drag artist in the film version of 'Bent', and in 2002 he appeared in 'The Man From Elysian Fields'. He started his own film production company in 1995, Jagged Films, with Victoria Pearman and so far has released WWII drama, 'Enigma' in 2001 and an autobiographical documentary, 'Being Mick' the same year. The Rolling Stones have been the subject of numerous documentaries, most recently Martin Scorsese's 'Shine A Light'. Jagger has been married twice. Firstly in 1971 to Bianca Jagger with whom he has a daughter, Jade. The couple divorced in 1980. After a lengthy cohabitation, he married model Jerry Hall in 1990 in a Hindu beach ceremony which Jagger later contested the validity of. The couple have 4 children together. Their marriage was annulled in 1999. Jagger has 7 children with 4 different women, as well as 3 grandchildren. In December 2003 Jagger was knighted for Services to Music by Charles, Prince of Wales. Now offically a pensioner, Jagger recently stated that he and the band had no plans to retire yet.

Links:
http://www.mickjagger.com/ Official web site
http://hiddenlondon.wordpress.com/eel-pie-and-blues/ Eel Pie and Blues

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2 Responses to Mick Jagger

From Anne O’Connell on 27th January 2010
“Between June and September of 1963, they played 14 gigs at the famous (or infamous) hotel on Eel Pie Island in the Thames at Twickenham. The gigs were stopped when the crowds got to be more than the island could hold”

From norman waghorn on 1st October 2009
mick jagger wasnt born in dartford he was born in stone nr dartford

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