Date of Birth : Jul 26th 1943
English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. He is one of the world’s most famous celebrities, best known as the frontman of the rock band The Rolling Stones.
As a student, Jagger frequented a London club called “the Firehouse”. At the age of 19, Jagger began performing as a singer. Like Keith Richards and other members of The Rolling Stones, Jagger had no formal musical training and did not know how to read music. He frequented clubs such as the famous Marquee Club or The Ealing Club, and admired the same type of blues musicians that Brian Jones and Keith Richards favoured. “I had a number of friends who had their own record collections, so we used to go round to their houses and listen to them there… We played everything and anything – that’s how you learn… It was all a bit like trainspotting,” Jagger has said. Elmore James was one of the band’s early favourites, as well as anything from Chess Records in Chicago.
While Jagger knew Keith Richards as a schoolmate, the songwriters reunited when Richards saw Jagger with a blues record under his arm and asked him where he had purchased it. The two, combined with Jones, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts, formed the Rolling Stones, basing their name on the Muddy Waters tune “Rollin’ Stone.” Stewart was dropped from the band for not fitting the image desired by manager Andrew Loog Oldham, but still toured with the band as a pianist until his death in 1985. It was Oldham who insisted that Jagger call himself “Mick” rather than “Mike”, a name he continued to use among friends; for example, John Lennon calls him Michael in the 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
In 1967, Jagger and Richards were arrested and charged with drug possession after a highly-publicised raid on Richards’ country house, during which it was alleged that singer Marianne Faithfull was found naked except for a fur rug wrapped around her. The raid was later revealed to have been prompted by a tip-off to the London Drug Squad by journalists working for the News of the World, which at the time was running a series of lurid reports about the alleged use of illegal drugs by British pop stars.