80 Licks: Mick Jagger Birthday Special

The most influential Rocker of all time, was born on July 26, 1943

80 Licks: Mick Jagger Birthday Special

The life of Mick Jagger blends with the birth of Modern Rock. Jim Morrison of The Doors once called him “A Prince Among Men”, and, he remains to this day, perhaps the most influential Rocker of all time, with a career that has spanned over 5 decades, Jagger is a living legend that shows no signs to slow down or stop any time sooner. With the Rolling Stones, which he co-founded in 1962, Jagger started his adventure, the “biggest Rock N’ Roll band in the world” has released since 1962, over 30 studio albums and countless compilations, live albums and singles around the world. A well oiled machine kept by original members Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts, together with Ronnie Wood who joined the Stones in 1974.  And the Stones could not exist without Mick Jagger, his charisma, pose, influential and distinctive moves, his scandals and his voice. He saw multiple Rockers that he influenced becoming themselves Rock legends, such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and Jim Morrison among so many others, and then disappearing, but Jagger always stayed. And still stays. He saw the fall and death of Rolling Stone founder and guitarist Brian Jones at age 27 and he saw the band falling apart and get back on track…In a way, Jagger’s life end up imitating the narrative told on “Sympathy For The Devil”. He saw it all.

Sir Michael Philip Jagger was born in Dartford, Kent, England on July 26, 1943, during the 1960’s he rose to worldwide fame as the lead singer for the Rolling Stones, at the time, viewed as the rivals of The Beatles in popularity, only more dangerous. The 1960’s saw Mick Jagger going to absolute stardom and with it, several scandals related with drugs and sex, which made popular the now famous “Sex, Drugs and Rock N’ Roll”, helping to create the prototype for the classic stereotype of the Rock Star lifestyle. Together with his Glimmer Twin Keith Richards he was arrested in 1967 on several occasions including for drug possession and for attempting against the good morals. Also with Richards, he has been the main songwriter for the band, having penned some of Rock’s greatest songs ever. Too many to mention. He has also been a man of “some girls”. Jagger had his first child in 1970, from American singer Marsha Hunt. He has has eight children with five different women and his two marriages, with Bianca Jagger and Jerry Hall have ended in controversy adding more to the legendary and restless story of Mick. He’s the very definition of unbeatable and to prove it, just recently shortly a month after a heart surgery, Jagger returned to the stage to continue with the current Rolling Stones world tour. Hopefully, he’ll “be around for a long long time”. 

In 1989, Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. As member of the Stones, and as solo artist, he reached number one on the UK and US singles charts with 13 singles, the Top 10 with 32 singles and the Top 40 with 70 singles. In 2003, he was knighted for his services to popular music. Today this absolute and unique living legend that we cannot imagine living without, turns 80, we’ve compiled some of Mick Jagger’s and the Rolling Stones highlights in their career on this special to celebrate his birthday, also we included a Rolling Stones lyric quiz and a Top 10 Mick Jagger Solo songs. Please to meet you. 

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