You Won’t Believe These 30 Old Photos of Mick Jagger
When you’re discussing popular music, there aren’t many bands more popular or longer-lasting than the Rolling Stones. And when you’re talking about rock and roll singers, there aren’t many frontmen more iconic than Mick Jagger. The camera always seems to agree with Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, so there’s no time like right now to look back at some photos from his life and career.
1. Mick Jagger was born east of London
Photo date: 1946
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones will always be associated with London, but he was born July 26, 1943, in Dartford, Kent, about 17 miles down the Thames River east of the city. His birth name is Michael Phillip Jagger. He spent most of his childhood outside the city, but we know he made it big when he moved to London full time.
Next: Music was in the genes somewhere.
2. His parents had regular jobs
Photo date: 1951
Basil “Joe” Jagger, his father, and David Ernest Jagger, his grandfather, were both teachers. His mother was a hairdresser. Mick Jagger didn’t grow up in an entertainment family, but music was in the genes somewhere. Younger brother Chris Jagger is also a singer and songwriter who’s worked with musicians such as legendary guitarist Eric Clapton.
Next: The start of something beautiful.
3. Jagger met Keith Richards in school
Photo date: 1951
Jagger and Keith Richards attended school together in Dartford starting in 1950. They formed a fast friendship in and out of class, but in 1954, they headed to separate schools. They ran into each other again in 1960, quickly bonded again over their love of blues music, and decided to start performing together,
Next: What, no hits?
4. The first Rolling Stones gig happened July 12, 1962
Photo date: 1963
Keith Richards is a lot older now than in that photo above, but who isn’t? The man with the million-dollar hands and his longtime Rolling Stones cohort Mick Jagger got on stage with Brian Jones and few other musicians at the Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. Don’t feel too bad if you weren’t there for the performance. The setlist didn’t include any original songs, only covers.
Next: We hardly recognize you, Mick.
5. Jagger always had the look
Photo date: 1963
You know it’s Jagger from the eyes alone in the picture above, but everything else is different from the Mick we know these days. His hair is (fairly) clean-cut. He’s not wearing a flashy sports coat or scarf (you’ll see a lot of that later). If he has any jewelry on, we can’t see it. He doesn’t look like a rock star yet, but you can tell he has it in him.
Next: Life on the road started early.
6. Jagger joined the jet set early
Photo date: June 1, 1964
The Rolling Stones became stars immediately after releasing their first album, “The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers)” on May 30, 1964, the band was in high demand. They flew from London to New York two days later, and ever since then they’ve been part of the jet set.
Next: The awards started piling up quickly.
7. Now there’s some hardware
Photo date: Sept. 10, 1964
As we mentioned a minute ago, the Rolling Stones hit the road just days after their first album came out. By Sept. 10, 1964, the band was already a favorite among the critics. Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones, won the award for Best Group in Britain at the Variety Club of Great Britain Awards, less than four months after their debut album. This is where we tell you that first album included just one original song, the Jagger and Richards-penned “Tell Me.”
Next: Nice work, if you can get it.
8. Life’s a beach
Photo date: Early 1965
Winters in England usually aren’t too punishing, but it still must have been nice for the Rolling Stones to get away during the Australian summer in the early months of 1965. The band’s first tour there only lasted a few days, and it returned to Australia again after stopping in New Zealand. However, after visiting Oz again in 1966, Mick and the band didn’t return until 1973.
Next: Where have we heard this one before?
9. Mick Jagger, meet the police
Photo date: July 23, 1965
In the early years, the Rolling Stones were the bad boys compared to the nice-guy Beatles. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards really got into their bad boy roles. The pair and their bandmates have numerous police run-ins and arrests over the years, but most them avoided serious trouble.
Next: In their element.
10. Playing live puts the Rolling Stones in their element
Photo date: Oct. 17, 1965
The Rolling Stones were household names by the end of 1965. The band achieved its first No. 1 hit with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” off the August 1965 album “Out of our Heads.” It was one of four albums the band put out that year, and it constantly toured to support all those studio albums. The Stones played West Berlin in October 1965.
Next: Trouble doesn’t trouble Mick.
11. Another high-profile police encounter
Photo date: Jan 26, 1970
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and several other people, including Jagger’s girlfriend Marianne Faithfull, were arrested on drug charges in 1967. Jagger and Faithfull appeared in court early in 1970 as the legal proceedings dragged on. The trouble didn’t trouble Mick, who looked on his way to court.
Next: Now boarding.
12. On the road again
Photo date: Aug. 29, 1970
By the middle of 1970, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were at the height of their powers. “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” came out on Sept. 4 of that year, and it contained classics such as “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Street Fighting Man,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” and “Midnight Rambler.” The band was on an incredible run, churning out five stellar albums in five years. “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” was the third during that run.
Next: So that’s how Mick gets limber enough to do the rooster strut
13. Get loose
Photo date: 1975
Just like the best athletes stretch and warm up before games, so do rock and roll singers. Jagger is one of the best frontmen in history, and his rooster strut is among the most famous stage moves in history, and he’s always ready to put on a show. To make sure he’s limber an ready to go, he stretches before each concert.
Next: Whirlwind romance.
14. Walking down the aisle
Photo date: 1975
You probably know Mick Jagger has had enough girlfriends and other female liaisons to fill a cruise ship, but he’s only been married once. He married Bianca Perez-Mora Macias on May 12, 1971, and The Rake describes the whirlwind romance perfectly:
Heading to St. Tropez to marry your Nicaraguan-born girlfriend, who you met at an after-party in Paris nine months previously, while on the run from the British tax authorities… Even if you’re the front man of The Rolling Stones in the early 70s, it doesn’t really get much cooler than that.
The couple had one child together — Jade Jagger, born Oct. 21, 1971. Acrimony and infidelity hadn’t yet sullied the marriage in 1975 when the couple attended a show in Paris.
Next: Dinner with royalty.
15. That’s Sir Mick Jagger to you
Photo date: Dec. 8, 1976
Fame can give you a lot of things most people can never dream of, such as dinner with a royal. Mick Jagger enjoyed a dinner with Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, in Martinique in December 1976. Jagger earned a royal title in 2003 when he was knighted, though it didn’t come without its fair share of controversy.
Next: Another lovely companion.
16. A new love of a lifetime
Photo date: Aug. 13, 1981
Remember a minute ago how we discussed Jagger’s marriage to Bianca Jagger? Well, that ended in divorce in 1979 after Mick’s fling with model Jerry Hall. By 1981, Hall and Jagger were officially a couple. They got married in 1990, and she filed for divorce in 1999, but as it turns out, the marriage ceremony performed by a Hindu priest in Bali wasn’t official.
Next: Take that!
17. Winging it
Photo date: 1984
You’d think that by 1984, more than 20 years on since the first concert and after years in the spotlight, Mick Jagger would be used to having his picture taken. As you can see in the photo above, he doesn’t really care for candid photos. Despite the sports coat and leather pants, Mick has good form. Maybe he missed his calling as an MLB starting pitcher.
Next: A long stint on the continent.
18. The tour of a lifetime
Photo date: June 29, 1990
In between 1989’s “Steel Wheels” and 1991’s “Flashpoint,” the Rolling Stones did what they do best: Play live. The Steel Wheels tour started in North America, swung to Tokyo for 10 days, then hit Europe as the Urban Jungle tour. The 1989-1990 tour lasted more than a year and ended up being one of the band’s longest journeys ever.
Next: A quick look at family life.
19. Mick Jagger, family man?
Photo date: Sept. 24, 1995
He’s been married once and has never really settled down, but Mick Jagger is still something of a family man. He has eight children with five women and became a dad at age 73 in 2016.
- With Marsha Hunt, Jagger fathered Karis Hunt Jagger, born Oct. 4, 1970.
- With Bianca Jagger, he welcomed Jade Jagger on Oct. 21, 1971.
- Jagger and Jerry Hall had four children together: Lizzy Jagger (March 2, 1984); James Jagger (Aug. 28, 1985); Georgia Jagger (Jan. 12, 1992); and Gabriel Jagger (Dec.9, 1997).
- He and Luciana Gimenez welcomed Lucas Jagger on May 18, 1999.
- Jagger and Melanie Hamrick welcomed Devereaux Octavian Basil Jagger on Dec. 8 2016.
Next: Mick’s always in high demand.
20. Staying power
Photo date: Nov. 11, 1999
The Rolling Stones have staying power. How do we know? Even in 1999, when some of their best albums were more than or approaching 30 years old, Mick Jagger was still in high demand. He attended the 1999 MTV Europe Awards in Dublin in 1999 to hang out with rock stars of the moment, such as U2 singer Bono.
Next: What rivalry?
21. A second home in the United States
Photo date: Dec. 2, 2001
The Beatles and Rolling Stones were perceived as musical rivals in the 1960s. That notion was thoroughly dispelled by the early 2000s. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared at Paul McCartney’s Concert for New York City in Oct. 2001. The U.S. is a second home for Jagger, and later that same year he performed with Lenny Kravitz at the My VH1 Music Awards show in Los Angeles.
Next: Reasons to smile.
22. On the road again
Photo date: May 7, 2002
Forty years at work is when most people start thinking about retirement. For the Rolling Stones, it was time to think about their next move. What better way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first gig than to hit the road on a huge worldwide tour? After releasing the greatest hits compilation “Forty Licks” in 2002, the band circled the globe playing concerts and then released the “Live Licks” concert album in 2004.
Next: Keeping busy between gigs.
23. Jagger doesn’t shine only on stage
Photo date: Oct. 18, 2004
Even though it seems like the Rolling Stones are always touring, there’s been enough downtime over the years for Mick Jagger to carve out his niche in Hollywood. Sure, his movies haven’t always been great (we’re looking in your direction, Ned Kelly and Freejack), but Jagger has 577 soundtrack credits and 85 acting credits to his name.
Next: May we please remind you…
24. Mick Jagger isn’t just a frontman
Photo date: Nov. 22, 2006
Before we forget, we need to remind you that Mick Jagger is a successful artist in his own right. We’ll always think of him as the Rolling Stones’ frontman, but he has four solo records:
- She’s the Boss (1985)
- Primitive Cool (1987)
- Wandering Spirit (1993)
- Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
Next: Did we mention he’s more than just a singer?
25. Jagger is multi-talented
Photo date: Feb. 7, 2008
Have we mentioned Mick Jagger is much more than the Rolling Stones’ singer? He plays tambourine, harmonica, guitar, and piano, according to CNN. And if the whole rock and roll thing never took off, he likely could have been a successful businessman after studying at the London School of Economics.
Next: Among the best.
26. Mick and the Stones join select company
Photo date: May 11, 2010
Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. They had to wait a few years to get in, but we’re guessing they didn’t mind. While they were waiting, their musical heroes such as Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, B.B. King, and Muddy Waters entered the Hall.
Charlie Watts, Jagger, and Keith Richards gathered in 2010 to announce the re-release of “Exile on Main St.” nearly 40 years after its 1971 debut.
Next: Fifty and counting.
27. Still going strong
Photo date: Dec. 8, 2012
A lot of bands would be thrilled to have careers spanning 20 or 25 years. The Rolling Stones are way past that. They embarked on a worldwide tour in 2012 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first gig from 1962. They’ve seemingly been on the road ever since then, and in 2017 they sailed past the 55th anniversary of their live debut.
Next: Another testament to his popularity.
28. Other artists constantly reference Jagger
Photo date: Nov. 22, 2014
It’s one thing to cover a song by a favorite artist, which the Rolling Stones know all about. It’s another thing to be name-dropped in a song, which happens a lot to Mick Jagger. The Black Eyed Peas, Jonas Brothers, T.I., Ke$ha, and, most famously, Maroon 5, reference Jagger in some of their biggest hit songs.
Next: A few of our favorite Mick moments.
29. We’ve loved him on TV
Photo date: Nov. 15, 2016
We know about all the hit songs over the years, such as eight Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits and 23 in the top 10 as well as nine Billboard 200 No. 1 hits and 37 in the top 10, but Mick Jagger makes us laugh, too. We loved seeing him read David Letterman’s top 10 list in 2012, talking to himself in a mirror on Saturday Night Live in 2013, or his Keith Richards impression on SNL in 1993.
Next: Seventy-five never looked better.
30. Still on the road
Photo date: June 26, 2018
One month before his 75th birthday, Mick Jagger was in the same place you’ve seen him for so many years: Front and center on the stage in front of a packed stadium performing some of the most popular songs of all time. The No Filter Tour saw them criss-cross Europe for the better part of a year. In between all that touring, he found time to cheer on Harry Kane and England at the 2018 World Cup.
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