Mick Jagger, musical genius, turns 79

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He leads the British band The Rolling Stones uninterruptedly since the early sixties

Mick Jagger, leader of the Rolling Stones, turns 79 this Tuesday, July 26. A long life in which the singer and composer has been at the head of the band uninterruptedly since the beginning of the sixties.

Born in England in 1943, in his almost 60-year career, the Briton has become an emblematic figure of rock and roll and one of the most popular and influential singers of the genre and of pop culture. In addition, he won a Golden Globe for his contribution to the soundtrack of the film ‘Alfie’, 2004.

In 1989 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2004, into the UK Hall of Fame with The Rolling Stones. As a member of the Stones and as a solo musician, he reached number one on the UK and US singles charts with 13 singles. Likewise, the Top 10 with 32 singles and the Top 40 with 70 singles. In addition, he has received three Grammy Awards and thirteen other nominations, a Golden Globe and an MTV Video Music Award, among other distinctions. In 2003 he received a Knighthood of the Order of the British Empire for his contribution to popular music.

As for his relationships with members of The Rolling Stones, particularly Richards, they deteriorated during the 1980s, but Jagger has had more success with the band than with his solo and side projects.

Apart from music, he has also made some forays into the world of acting. Among the films in which he has taken part stands out, ‘Performance’ and ‘Ned Kelly’ in the 1970s.

On stage it has always been a real show. He never hesitated to shock with his androgynous look, at concerts like the one in Hyde Park in 1969. He always appeared on stage very glamorous, tight and sexy, but comfortable and easy to move. That duality between art and practical spirit is what has earned him his immense fortune.

moments of his life

BBC Mundo has compiled some unknown or little-known details of the great British musician:

Jagger has two nicknames: ‘Brenda’ and ‘Your Majesty. That’s what they called him within the band as told in Life, the 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 made about the bad 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. However, Richards apologized in person and made it public on Twitter.

Jagger’s first wife was Nicaraguan. She was called Bianca De Macías. They met in 1970 and were married in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France, a year later. Bianca 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 hit Managua, the country’s capital, on December 23, 1972. The Rolling Stones even raised 350,000 dollars for the victims in a concert that they gave in Los Angeles. But everything comes to an end and in 1978 she filed for divorce for adultery. From that marriage is her second daughter, Jade, who has worked as a model and jewelry designer.

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 her New York apartment. In her will, the designer said that she did not want her relatives to receive ‘a penny’ of her inheritance, so Mick Jagger inherited nearly 9,000,000 million dollars from an apartment in Manhattan, a million in personal belongings and a life insurance.

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Mick Jagger, musical genius, turns 79