Happy Birthday, Mick Jagger! Fascinating Facts About the Rock Legend

To celebrate the rock superstar’s 74th birthday on July 26th, we take a look at some fascinating facts beyond his accomplishments with the Rolling Stones.
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Mick Jagger attends the New York premiere of 'Vinyl’ in 2016. 

A singer, songwriter, producer and actor, Michael Phillip “Mick” Jagger was born on July 26, 1943, in Dartford, England. As the lead singer of the world’s greatest rock and roll band, the Rolling Stones, the charismatic Jagger is a living rock legend. July 12th marked the 55th anniversary of the Stones’ first live gig, and the band is still recording new music and touring on the strength of their classic hit songs. 

As his rock-and-roll history with the Stones is so well documented, we’ve decided to celebrate Jagger with five fascinating, but perhaps lesser-known, facts about the man.

A Focus on Film

Jagger has several big-screen acting credits on his resume, from 1970’s Ned Kelly and Performance to 1992’s Freejack and 2001’s The Man from Elysian Fields. But in 1995, he formed Jagged Films with producing partner Victoria Pearman. They broke through in 2001 with the well-regarded thriller Enigma and have gone on to produce The Women, in 2008 and the James Brown biopic, Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul in 2014. Last year, Jagged Films collaborated with Martin Scorsese on the HBO series Vinyl, a story about a drug-addicted record executive living in 1970s New York, right at the moment when disco, punk and hip-hop came together. Jagger’s son James starred as Kip Stevens, the frontman of the series' fictional rock group The Nasty Bits.

Solo Work 

An ever prolific songwriter, Jagger has branched out on his own with five solo albums: 1985's She's the Boss, 1987’s Primitive Cool, 1993's Wandering Spirit, 2001's Goddess in the Doorway and 2007’s The Very Best of Mick Jagger. In addition, he has collaborated on albums by a wide variety of musicians, including the Jacksons, Carly SimonDr. JohnPeter Tosh, and Living Colour. With the last, he actually helped discover them and partly produced their successful debut album, Vivid.

Eight Is Enough?

Writing songs isn’t the only area where Jagger is prolific—he has eight children by five different mothers. The youngest is less than a year old. Unsurprisingly, each member of this international modern family is blessed with model-quality good looks—but only one (so far) is a professional musician. 

Jagger and girlfriend Melanie Hamrick, a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, welcomed the birth of their son, Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger on December 8, 2016 in New York City.

The eldest Jagger offspring is Karis Hunt Jagger, who was born to model/actress Marsha Hunt on November 4, 1970 in London, England. A Yale graduate, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jonathan Watson and their two children.

Jade Sheena Jezebel Jagger, a jewelry designer and owner of Jade, Inc., was born October 21, 1971 to Jagger’s first wife, Nicaraguan-born Bianca Perez-Mora Macias. She and Jagger divorced in 1979. Jade has three children and one grandchild.

The eldest of Jagger’s children with American model Jerry Hall is model and actress Elizabeth Scarlett Jagger, who was born in New York City March 2, 1984. A little over a year later, on August 28, 1985, singer/guitarist James Leroy Augustin Jagger was also born in the Big Apple. Their London-born supermodel daughter, Georgia May Ayeesha Jagger, was born on January 12, 1992. The couple’s youngest child, Gabriel Luke Beauregard Jagger, who was born on December 9, 1997, is reportedly a gifted painter.

Jagger also had an affair with Brazilian lingerie model Luciana Morad and they have a son. Lucus Maurice Morad-Jagger was born on May 18, 1999 and was the final straw that prompted Hall to dissolve her marriage to Jagger. 

That’s Sir Jagger to You

On December 12, 2003, the Prince of Wales knighted Jagger at Buckingham Palace in London for “services to music," joining the ranks of his fellow famous English rockers Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Ray Davies. Jagger's longtime band mate Keith Richards was not amused, commenting to the BBC: “It's not what the Stones is about, is it?” 

Pop Reference

Perhaps only Elvis Presley has eclipsed Jagger in terms of pop/rock music references—and in recent years, it seems no rock-and-roll singer has been name-checked quite as often as the Rolling Stones’ hip-shaking frontman. Of course, very few words rhyme with “swagger.”

• “The Time” by The Black Eyed Peas: “All-all these girls, they like my swagger/
They callin’ me Mick Jagger/
I be rollin’ like a Stone.”

• “Heart and Soul” by the Jonas Brothers: “Makin’ mistakes, but that won’t matter/If you can swag like ’ol Mick Jagger.”

• “Swagga Like Us” T.I.: “My swagger is Mick Jagger/Every time I breathe on the track, I asthma attack it.”

• “Tik Tok” Ke$ha: “And now the dudes are linin’ up cos they hear we got swagger/But we kick ’em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.”

• And then, of course, there is the ubiquitous 2011 hit song, “Moves Like Jagger” from Maroon 5, featuring Christina Aguilera: “I don’t need to control you/Look into my eyes and I’ll own you/With them moves like Jagger.”

Never above poking fun at himself and his superstar status, Jagger famously appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on December 11, 2012 to offer his list of the “Top 10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock N’ Roll,” and took the opportunity to make this cheeky jab: “You don’t earn a cent when someone does a song called ‘Moves Like Jagger.’”