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Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger is a British rock musician, actor, writer, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. He is most famous for being the lead singer and co-founder (with guitarist Brian Jones) of the British rock and roll band The Rolling Stones. He is also the songwriting partner of Stones guitarist Keith Richards.
Date of Birth: 26 July 1943
Place of Birth: Dartford, Kent, England
Father: Joe Jagger
Mother: Eva Jagger
Brother: Christopher Jagger
Best Known As: Leader of The Rolling Stones
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Mick Jagger Biography:
Mick Jagger was born on 26 July 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. Mick discovered early rock & roll music during his teenage years and formed the band Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys.
In his late teens while at Dartford Grammar School for Boys, he met up with future Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who he had first met years before when they both attended the Wentworth County Junior School in Dartford. They started the band shortly thereafter, due to their mutual love of rock & roll and blues. Jagger then attended the London School of Economics, where he studied History and Literature (and not Economics as widely believed).
During the 1960s he was linked romantically with Chrissie Shrimpton, (the sister of supermodel Jean Shrimpton) and then with singer Marianne Faithfull, for whom Jagger and Richards composed several songs, including her signature tune, As Tears Go By. They remained a couple until late 1969, when Jagger and Faithfull travelled to Australia to star in the Tony Richardson film Ned Kelly. Soon after their arrival in Sydney, Faithfull overdosed on sleeping pills and almost died. The relationship was over by the time she was sent home to England to recuperate. Jagger then embarked on a series of liaisons, including rumoured dalliances with Richards' girlfriend at the time, Anita Pallenberg, and singers Merry Clayton and Marsha Hunt.
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 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 Rupert Murdoch's 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.
In one of these reports, Jagger was alleged to have spent an evening at a London club in the company of a Murdoch journalist, during which he openly discussed his drug-taking and invited others back to his flat "for a smoke". When the report was published, it became obvious that the hapless journalist had mistaken Brian Jones for Jagger -- who promptly sued News Of The World for defamation. But this legal action was stymied by his and Richards' subsequent arrest. The trial made front-page news around the world. Despite Jagger claiming that the pills allegedly found in his possession had been prescribed to him, both were found guilty.
It was during this period that Jagger took over as the effective leader of The Rolling Stones, as founder Brian Jones became more and more incapacitated by his spiralling drug use. Jones left the band in early 1969 and accidentally drowned in his swimming pool only weeks later (though rumours persist that he was murdered).
Jagger's first child, Karis Jagger (by singer Marsha Hunt), was born in 1970. In May 1971 he married Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, and she gave birth to their daughter, Jade Jagger, later that same year, the same year the band released Sticky Fingers, one of their most popular albums. Between 1990-1999, he was married to model/TV hostess Jerry Hall, and they had four more children, Elizabeth Scarlett, Georgia May Ayeesha, Gabriel Luke Beauegard and James Leroy Augustine Jagger. A brief affair with Brazilian model and TV presenter Luciana Gimenez resulted in the birth of Lucas Jagger (1999).
Date of Birth: December 18, 1943
Place of Birth: Dartford, Kent, England
Best Known As: Guitarist for Rolling Stones
Genre: Blues & Boogie Rock, Rock/Pop, Classic Rock, Hard Rock
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Keith Richards was born on December 18, 1943 in Dartford, Kent). He is a British guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with The Rolling Stones, the band he founded with vocalist Mick Jagger and Brian Jones in 1962. In addition to his work with The Stones, Richards also has worked as a session guitarist with artists as varied as Gram Parsons, Tom Waits, Bono and The Edge of U2, Nona Hendryx, John Phillips and Aretha Franklin.
Keith Richards was a World War II baby born in the "crossfire hurricane" (mentioned in the lyrics of "Jumpin' Jack Flash") of Nazi bombings. He was an only child, reportedly conceived as a way to get his mother, Doris Richards, off the wartime factory production line. Richards' father, Bert, was a disabled war veteran and working class factory labourer. Despite the family's modest station, Richards' paternal grandparents were socialists and civic leaders. His maternal grandfather toured Great Britain as a jazz/big band musician. In interviews, Richards often cites his mother's father as a leading influence in his young life. He also admired the singing American Western film star Roy Rogers.
His parents divorced around the time that Keith was expelled from Sidcup Art College. The divorce led to a long period of estrangement from his father, Bert Richards, which continued until 1982. It is sometimes erroneously cited that this estrangement led Richards to drop the "s" from his surname from the mid-1960s to 1981. Nevertheless, the idea was originally proposed by Andrew Loog Oldham, the first manager of the Stones. He advised Richards to drop the "s" as it would resemble the name of Cliff Richard, one of Britain's greatest stars at that time. Keith did reintroduce the "s" to his surname after he reconciled with his father in 1982. His father accompanied his son on every Rolling Stones tour from 1989 until his death in 2002.
Charles Robert "Charlie" Watts was born in the London suburb of Islington in 1941. His father drove a lorry for British Rail. In his early days, he attended Tylers Croft Secondary Modern School as well as Harrow Art School. In 1960, he was working with a band called Blues By Five when he met a man named Alexis Korner, who convinced him to join his own band, Blues Incorporated. Later the same year, the band picked up lead singer Mick Jagger, as well as guitarists Brian Jones and Keith Richards.
Shortly thereafter, Watts left the band, citing its hectic schedule. A trained commercial artist, Watts found work at the advertising firm of Charles Hobson and Grey. However, in late 1962, several of the members of Blues Incorporated (now calling themselves The Rolling Stones) persuaded Watts to return. Watts kept his day job until the Stones secured a long term gig at the Crawdaddy Club near London, after which he quit to devote his life to music. Watts remains a member of the Stones to this day.
Watts has been involved in many activities outside his high-profile life as a member of the Rolling Stones. In 1964, he published a cartoon tribute to Charlie Parker entitled Ode to a High Flying Bird. Although he has made his name in rock, his personal tastes focus on Jazz; in the 1980s, he toured worldwide with a big band that included such names as Evan Parker, Courtney Pine, and Jack Bruce. In 1991, he organized a Jazz quintet as another tribute to Charlie Parker.
Watts's personal life is substantially quieter and more professional than his bandmates and many of his rock and roll colleagues. Although formerly a smoker, Watts did not abuse harder drugs. On October 14, 1964, Watts married his wife Shirley, whom he met before the band had its first big hit; their union endures to this day. They had one daughter, Seraphina Watts, born in 1968.
In June 2004, he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and underwent a course of radiotherapy. The cancer has since gone into remission and Watts is once again recording with the Stones.
Ron Wood was born on June 1, 1947 in London. He is a British rock guitarist best known as a member of The Rolling Stones and The Faces. Wood began his career in 1964 with the Birds, based in Yiewsley, West London. By the late 1960s, he was part of The Creation, then joined the Jeff Beck Group as a bass player together with singer Rod Stewart. They split up, however, after Beck-Ola in 1969.
With Rod Stewart, Ron joined The Small Faces shortly after leader Steve Marriott had left the group; the band's name was soon shortened to simply The Faces. Though mostly known in the United States as Rod Stewart's former backup band, the Faces were very successful in the UK, for a brief time even rivaling The Rolling Stones in popularity. As a live act, they were very well-received, and their music is recognized today as a major influence on the punk rock movement. The New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols, The Replacements, Pearl Jam, and Stereophonics all owe a clear debt to the group. The Faces split up in 1975. Throughout the 1970s, Wood released several solo albums, including a collaboration with ex-Faces bandmate Ronnie Lane, Mahoney's Last Stand (1976).
Following Mick Taylor's departure from the Rolling Stones in 1974, Wood replaced him on guitar in time to contribute to the recording of the group's 1976 album Black and Blue. Throughout the 1980s, Wood played as a member of the Rolling Stones, continued his solo career and painted, and collaborated with a number of other artists, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley and Aretha Franklin.