Mick Jagger is an undeniable and absolute rock ’n roll legend. The bad boy of the British music scene in the 60s and 70s and frontman of The Rolling Stones has long since cemented his icon status alongside the likes of powerhouses such as Freddie MercuryJohn Lennon and David Bowie. Known for his singular tone of voice and unique dance moves, Jagger has found fans across generations and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Born on July 26, 1943, Jagger grew up in Dartford, in the United Kingdom, where he showed an interest in singing from a young age. “I always sang as a child. I was one of those kids who just liked to sing. Some kids sing in choirs; others like to show off in front of the mirror. I was in the church choir and I also loved listening to singers on the radio — the BBC or Radio Luxembourg — or watching them on TV and in the movies,” Jagger said in the biography “According to the Rolling Stones,” as reported by Reader’s Digest.

He studied at the London School of Economics before a chance reconnection with a primary school friend by the name of Keith Richards changed the course of his life forever. After bonding over a shared love of rhythm and blues, the pair began to meet to experiment with playing music together. By 1962, he and Richards, alongside their friend Brian Jones, had moved into an apartment in Chelsea, London, together and began to take a possible future in music seriously.

Even with a career in music in his sights, Jagger continued to pursue his business studies on a government grant with the hopes of becoming either a journalist or politician should his musical ambitions fall through. However, according to Christopher Andersen’s biography, “Jagger,” he abandoned this plan after he began getting gigs as doing both “seemed like too much hard work.”

This prompted Jagger to give his full attention to music. As their singer, Jagger joined Richards and Jones, both on guitars, for their first appearance under the name the Rolling Stones at a London jazz club in July 1962. By the next year, they had gained enough clout to start playing sold-out gigs. After landing their first two No. 1 hits in the UK in 1964, Jagger and Richards began writing their own songs for the band. They scored their first global hit with a song they worked on together called “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

Across the band’s spectacular 60 years together, they’ve released some of the most enduring rock ’n roll classics, including “Paint It Black,” “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and “Gimme Shelter.” One of the best-selling acts of all time, The Rolling Stones has won several Grammys and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. They frequently top the rankings of best bands of all time by top music publications.

As the band released a string of chart-topping albums, their reputation as party-heavy troublemakers began to rise. Alongside this was Jagger’s own reputation for attracting female attention, and the press began to speculate on his romantic dalliances and chart his every move to get the inside scoop.

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