One of the most fabulous front-men in rock and roll is celebrating his 73rd birthday today, born July 26th, 1943.
If Mick Jagger hadn’t become a successful musician, he could have been a professional athlete, he set a record in the half-mile run in elementary school.
Mick Jagger once starred in a film called She’s the Boss, released in 1985, spending 30,000 pounds on his costume (he was dressed in drag).
There are so many more interesting things to know about Mick! Here are some of his personally written answers to a fan Q & A he did with BBC:
Q: What do think you would be doing now if things had not taken off in the ’60s – would the Stones be an unsuccessful blues band or would you be economics correspondent on the BBC?
A: Maybe I would be doing something like that. Or I’d be in Africa trying to help a beleaguered economy. Who knows. Or probably an ex-ballet dancer with bad knees.
Q: How do you spend your time when not on tour with the Stones? What is a typical day for you? Andrew Lawrence, Addingham, England
A: Same as everyone else really. Get up as late as possible, have breakfast as late as possible, do a tiny bit in the gym, go out for a walk, read a book. A real day off you mean, like a Sunday. Go and have lunch with the kids. Go out dancing. That’s it really.
Q: Does Sir Mick feel he deserves his knighthood?
A: It’s not up to you to really worry about deserving it. It’s whether you get given it or not. ‘Dear Your Majesty, please accept my knighthood back because I really don’t deserve it’. I don’t think people really do that. But it’s very nice to have.
Q: Which modern bands do you listen to and which do you think will maintain a career as long as the Rolling Stones?
A: I like Kings of Leon, I like Green Day… but I don’t know if any of those bands are really going to last forever because I don’t know if they really want to. They might just want to be musicians in another form. Not everyone wants to stay together as a band.
Q: Do you sing your own songs in the shower?
A: Absolutely – but not usually my own. The thing about shower songs is you never quite know what’s going to pop in. It could be something you’ve just heard on the radio or it could be something from years ago.
Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: Eighty gigs of everything! I just bought a new one the other day. I have everything on my iPod – every possible kind of music. They have some weird classifications though when you download them because I found Bing Crosby under world music. All my Indian music is under world music so I now get Bing Crosby if I put it on shuffle.