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Mick Jagger

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Dartford, England (1960 – present)

As the lead singer for The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger is one of the most popular and influential frontman in the history of rock & roll. Jagger fronted the Rolling Stones for over 20 years before he began a solo career in 1985. At the time of the release of his début solo album, She’s the Boss, it appeared that the Stones may have been approaching the end of their career*, but it soon transpired that Jagger’s solo career would run concurrently with that of the band’s. Over the next decade, he released a string of solo albums, none of which achieved the commercial success of the Stones’ less popular releases.

Born Michael Phillip Jagger on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, England, he initially met future musical collaborator and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards while the pair were five years old at primary school, although they would lose contact with each other shortly thereafter. In the intervening years, Jagger discovered a love for music, especially early rock & roll (forming a high school band, Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys), as well as developing an interest in business, attending the London School of Economics.

In 1960 in his late teens, Jagger happened to bump into Richards once again (while the two were waiting on a train platform), and when Richards noticed Jagger had several blues records under his arm, they became friends again and started up the Rolling Stones shortly thereafter. The band (which also included second guitarist Brian Jones, bassist Bill Wyman, and drummer Charlie Watts), merged the rock & roll of Chuck Berry with the raw blues of Muddy Waters, creating a style that would be infinitely copied by others in its wake.

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