Mick Jagger is a an English singer, songwriter and one time actor, known as one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll" due to his being a founding member of The Rolling Stones. Jagger was often portrayed as a countercultural figure and has gained press notoriety for his admitted drug use and romantic involvements. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 2004, and has been knighted for his services to popular music.
Michael Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent, and while being brought up to follow his father's career path as a teacher, Jagger knew he was "always a singer." He initially met classmate Keith Richards at Wentworth Primary School in 1950, but after a chance encounter in July 1960 brought them back together, the two resumed their friendship and discovered their shared love of rhythm and blues. Jagger and Richards moved to Chelsea in London with a guitarist they met named Brian Jones. And while Richards and Jones planned to start their own rhythm and blues group, Jagger continued his business courses at the London School of Economics, planning to become either a journalist or a politician. In 1962, the three, along with Jagger's friend and musical collaborator, Dick Taylor, had merged with Blues Incorporated to become the Rolling Stones, a tribute to Muddy Waters, writer of "Rollin' Stone", the song after which the band is named. By autumn 1963, Jagger had left the London School of Economics in favour of his promising musical career with the Rolling Stones.
The Rolling Stones became a part of the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band was perceived by the youth of Britain and then the world as representatives of opposition to an old, cruel order - and became poster boys for the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s. To many, they created an image as defiant troublemakers in contrast to the Beatles' "lovable moptop" image. Together, Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were instrumental in making blues a major part of rock and roll.
Mick Jagger's home, Downe House, is located on Richmond Hill. It was bought by him and his then long-time companion and common law wife Jerry Hall in the early 90s. Mick Jagger has a net worth of $360 million, making him the #5 richest lead signer in the world, behind only Paul McCartney, Bono, Jimmy Buffett, and Elton John.
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