5 things you may not know about Mick Jagger, the lead singer of The Rolling Stones who turns 79

75 years old, eight children, 30 studio albums with The Rolling Stones… those are some of the numbers in Mick Jagger’s life.

“I’d rather be dead than sing ‘Satisfaction’ when I’m 45.”

So said Sir Michael Philip Jagger, better known as Mick Jagger, when he was 31 years old to the magazine People. His wishes were not fulfilled.

The lead singer of The Rolling Stones was born on July 26, 1943, making him 79 years old this Thursday.

Originally from Dartford, a small town 28 kilometers from central London, he has been a singer, songwriter and actor. He was made a Knight of the British Empire in 2002 for his musical career. For the ceremony he did not wear a tailcoat, as is customary, but a leather jacket, Adidas tennis shoes and a tie.

Considered one of the most influential vocalists in rock history, Mick Jagger has recorded 30 studio albums with The Rolling Stones and four as a solo artist.

Mick Jagger and his family

Mick Jagger received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles. The singer was accompanied by his father, Joe, and his daughters Karis (with him) and Elizabeth, on December 12, 2002.

The band gave its first concert on July 12, 1962. Today, it is estimated that they have offered more than 2,000 recitals.

With 56 years of existence, The Rolling Stones is the longest playing rock band, with three of its five original members. This has been the subject of jokes since 1980, when John Lennon congratulated them on being together for 112 years.

BBC Mundo tells you some details that you may not have known about the life and professional career of Mick Jagger on his 75th birthday.

Keith Richards with Mick Jagger in 1963.

In 1963, The Rolling Stones were only a year old and already so popular that they were receiving letters from fans. In the photograph, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, 19 years old.

1- Their nicknames

“Brenda” and “Your Majesty”. That’s what Mick Jagger was called within the band as told in Lifethe explosive autobiography of Keith Richards, the band’s guitarist and Jagger’s friend since he was 5 years old.

In the same book, Richards made several comments that led Mick Jagger to say that the biography was “a little malicious here and there”. For example, he claimed that Jagger was a bit “unbearable” and even made fun of his private parts.

Much has been said about the poor relationship between Jagger and Richards. One of the last episodes between the two took place when the guitarist criticized him for having a son at 73 years of age: “It’s time to have surgery, you can’t be a father at that age. Poor children.”

However, Richards apologized in person and made it public on Twitter.

I deeply regret the comments I made about Mick in the WSJ, which were completely off the mark. Of course, I apologized to him in person.

2- His first wife was Nicaraguan

Mick Jagger met Nicaraguan Bianca De Macías – known today as Bianca Jagger – in 1970. The following year they were married in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France.

Bianca Jagger has been an actress and human rights defender. Together with Mick Jagger, he traveled to Nicaragua in 1973 to bring humanitarian aid to those affected by the earthquake that struck Managua, the country’s capital, on December 23, 1972. The Rolling Stones even raised US$350,000 for the victims in a concert that they gave in Los Angeles.

Bianca Jagger and Mick Jagger newlyweds.

The marriage did not exceed a decade of life.

In 1978 she filed for divorce on the grounds of adultery. From that marriage is her second daughter, Jade, who has worked as a model and jewelry designer.

Bianca Jagger has been a harsh critic of the government of Daniel Ortega: “President Ortega has become the new Somoza, enriching himself at the expense of the poor in his country,” she said recently.

3- Bird of ill omen

The theory that the soccer team that Mick Jagger supports loses seems to have started at the 1998 France World Cup.

In the stands of the stadium where England lost to Argentina that year, Mick Jagger was with his son James. “It was an amazing night, even though we lost,” the singer told Guardian.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Brazilians blamed him for supporting them in their match against the Netherlands, which they lost 2-1. In that same World Cup he supported England and the United States, which were also eliminated.

Brazil fans with a banner of Mick Jagger in the Germany team jersey.

“Pé frio” (“cold foot”, in Spanish) is the expression used by fans in Brazil to refer to Mick Jagger as a bird of ill omen in football.

The media also recorded that during the 2014 Brazil World Cup, in a concert with 70,000 people in Rome, Mick Jagger said that Italy would beat Uruguay in the group stage. Days later, they lost 0-1.

At the 2018 Russia World Cup, Mick Jagger was blamed for England’s 2-1 loss to Croatia. The singer uploaded a video to his Twitter account supporting his selection and the mocking responses were immediate.

4- He has also been an actor

Mick Jagger has flirted with the cinema on several occasions. He acted in the movies Performance Y Ned Kelly in 1970, free jack (1992), Bent (1997), and The Man From Elysian Fields (2002).

In addition, he was about to participate in Fitzcarraldo (1982), by Werner Herzog. There are some scenes shot with him, but his character was eliminated because his concerts with the band intersected with the filming.

Mick Jagger and actress Anita Pallenberg.

A scene in which Mick Jagger plays Turner in the movie Performance (1970)

Even Keith Richards and Johnny Depp tried to get him to participate in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), but it was not possible.

Jagger collaborated on the soundtrack for the 11-minute film Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969), directed by Kenneth Anger.

In 1995, he founded the film production company Jagged Films, with which he released the 2001 World War II drama Enigmain addition to the documentary about his life Being Mick.

In recent years, he has collaborated with Martin Scorsese. First, in the production of shine a lighta documentary showing a concert by The Rolling Stones in New York, and the HBO series Vinyl (2016).

L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger

L’Wren Scott was with Mick Jagger for about 13 years.

5- The tragic death of his girlfriend

Mick Jagger had a relationship of about 13 years with the fashion designer L’Wren Scott, whom he met in 2001 in a photographic production for a magazine.

Scott, 49, hanged himself on March 17, 2014, in his New York apartment.

In her will, the designer said she didn’t want her relatives to receive “a dime” of her inheritance, so Mick Jagger inherited nearly $9,000,000 from a Manhattan apartment, $1 million in personal belongings and insurance. of life.

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