12 Mick Jagger facts to celebrate his 76th birthday today

music news 26/07/2019

76 years ago today, the music legend Mick Jagger was born in the UK. He would soon become one of the most influencial performers of the rock n' roll era.

While we've grown up watching Mick strut his stuff on stage over the years, here are some facts you may not know about the Rolling Stones frontman:

  1. He was born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943, the son of a teacher and a hairdresser. 
  2. He first met bandmate Keith Richards in elementary school.
  3. Mick was studying business at the London School of Economics when he started playing rhythm and blues with Richards.
  4. The Rolling Stones' first big hit was 'It's All Over Now'.
  5. Jagger has eight children by five different women. He is "Grandpa" to five.
  6. Mick was knighted in 2003 after being nominated by Prime Minister Tony Blair, a huge Stones fan. However, Queen Elizabeth declined to personally knight Jagger. Not surprising since Jagger has been repeatedly critical of the monarchy and once called the Queen "Chief Witch." Prince Charles did the honors.
  7. Experts rated "Gimme Shelter" as the Stones' best song.
  8. Jagger auditioned for the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter for the film adaptation of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but the role went to Tim Curry, who played the part in the London production.
  9. Mick has a good sense of humor, eagerly poking fun at himself repeatedly on "Saturday Night Live."
  10. Jagger eats a diet of pasta, chicken, rice and fish. He also loves avocados for what he calls their "regenerative powers."
  11. When Maroon 5 released their 2011 song "Moves Like Jagger," Jagger said he was flattered.
  12. Jagger continues to work out despite recent heart surgery. He has said, "I train five or six days a week, but I don't go crazy. I alternate between gym work and dancing, then I do sprints, things like that. I'm training for stamina."