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Happy birthday Mick Jagger!
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Born: Livingstone Hospital, Dartford, Kent, England, July 26 1943.
Michael Philip Jagger, a child who worked as an ice cream man for extra money and hoped to grow up to be a lawyer or politician, became lead singer in a rock‘n’roll band called The Rolling Stones and changed the world through different channels.
The following text is reprinted from a fact sheet sent to American fans in spring 1964:
REAL NAME: Michael Philip Jagger.
BIRTH PLACE Dartford, Kent.
BIRTH DATE: 26.7.44 (Authors’ note: Missed by a year!)
HEIGHT: 5’ 10”.
COLOUR OF EYES: Blue.
COLOUR OF HAIR: Mousy.
PARENTS’ NAMES: Joe and Eva.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: Christopher.
PRESENT HOME: Hampstead.
INSTRUMENTS PLAYED: Harmonica.
WHERE EDUCATED: Dartford Grammar School, London School of Economics.
MUSICAL EDUCATION: None.
ENTERED SHOW BUSINESS AT: 18.
FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: Marquee Club.
BIGGEST BREAK IN CAREER: Meeting the rest of the Stones.
TV DEBUT: “Thank Your Lucky Stars”
RADIO DEBUT: “Saturday Club”
DISC LABEL: Decca.
HOBBIES: Boats, records.
FAVOURITE SINGERS: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Reed.
FAVOURITE ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Sophia Loren, Steve McQueen.
FAVOURITE COLOUR: Blue, pink.
FAVOURITE FOOD: Continental.
FAVOURITE DRINK: Milk.
FAVOURITE CLOTHES: Casual.
FAVOURITE COMPOSERS: Leiber/Stoller.
MISC. LIKES: Driving at night by myself, girls.
MISC. DISLIKES: Motorway cafes, intolerant people.
TASTES IN MUSIC: R&B, pop.
PROFESSIONAL AMBITION: To make a million seller.
PERSONAL AMBITION: To enjoy myself.
Mick Jagger on himself (1978):
“I’m, along with the Queen, y’know -one of the best things England’s got- me and the Queen.”
Keith Richards, about his relationship with Mick Jagger:
“There’s this perception that Mick and I are always fighting. Most of it is very smooth sailing. Every time we stumble across the odd spat, everyone hears about it.” (Ref. happy birthday mick jagger)
Mick: “I suppose you do think about the time that’s allotted to you more than when you were younger. You realise – much earlier than my age now – that you won’t be able to play for England’s football team, just to take a really crass example. So you can’t have that life again. The mortality thing obviously has a stronger pull. It’s an imminent truth but it’s not necessarily a bad thing”.