On July 26, 1943, musician Michael Phillip “Mick” Jagger was born and became the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands in the world - the Rolling Stones. Find out five things you didn’t know about Mick Jagger...
The Beatles Helped Make Him a Star Most Rolling Stones songs are now credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but they didn't start out as songwriters. The band' second single, "I Wanna Be Your Man," was written for them by their friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The song reached number 12 on the charts in Great Britain.
The Hells Angels Plotted To Kill Him
Members of the Hells Angels were used to provide security at a free concert giving in 1969 by the Rolling Stones. The event turned into a brawl and ended with the death of a young fan. Even one of the members of Jefferson Airplane was knocked out by one of the security guards. Jagger reportedly vowed never to hire the motorcycle gang again. Feeling dissed, several Hells Angels headed by boat towards Jagger's vacation home in the Hampton's with a plan to murder him. Fortunately for Mick, they ran into a storm which nearly sunk their watercraft. The turbulent weather threw everyone overboard and the gang made no other attempt on Jagger's life.
Jagger Contested His Divorce From Jerry Hall Jagger’s second wife, Jerry Hall, filed for divorce from him, which became more complicated in 1999 when the famous singer stated that they couldn’t get a divorce because they had never been married. Jagger’s lawyer claimed the priest in Bali who married them did not have the documents necessary for them to be married legally, including permission from the British consul there. Married or not, Jerry Hall still managed to walk away with between $15 and $25 million dollars. In the end, they agreed to an annulment.
Charlie Watts Once Punched Him in The Face
In his 2010 memoir, Keith Richards recalled going out for drinks with Jagger in Amsterdam in 1984. Back at their hotel around 5 a.m., Mick called Charlie's room, saying, "Where's my drummer?" Minutes later, Watts showed up at Jagger's door. "Never call me your drummer again," he said, and knocked Mick "back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon" with a right hook.
He Secretly Paid Sex Pistols Rocker Sid Vicious’ Legal Fees When Vicious Was on Trial For Murder The Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious found himself facing murder charges after his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found dead with a stab wound in the couple’s hotel room on October 12, 1978. Mick Jagger decided to stepi in and secretly pay for Vicious’ lawyers himself. Jagger wanted no publicity and his generosity wasn't revealed until a 2013 John Lydon interview. Vicious himself would die four short months later of a heroin overdose.