This week on Wayback Wednesday, our weekly column looking back at significant events in history, we go back to the heart of WWII in England and the birth of a baby who would become one of the most influential performers of the rock 'n roll era.
Mick Jagger first took to the stage nearly 60 years ago and doesn't seem to be slowing down. But this Friday he might want to stop long enough for a slice of birthday cake. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger turns 76 years old on July 26.
Most of us have grown up watching him strut his stuff on stage. But as he marks three-quarters of a century plus one on earth, here are a few things you should know about him, just in case you get invited to his birthday party.
- He was born Michael Phillip Jagger in England on July 26, 1943, the son of a teacher and a hairdresser.
- He first met bandmate Keith Richards in elementary school.
- He was studying business at the London School of Economics when he starting playing rhythm and blues with Richards.
- The Rolling Stones' first big hit was "It's All Over Now."
- Jagger has eight children by five different women. He is "Grandpa" to five.
- Jagger was knighted in 2003 after being nominated by Prime Minister Tony Blair, a huge Stones fan. However, Queen Elizabeth declined to personally knight Jagger. Not surprising since Jagger has been repeatedly critical of the monarchy and once called the Queen "Chief Witch." Prince Charles did the honors.
- Experts rated "Gimme Shelter" as the Stones' best song.
- Jagger auditioned for the role of Dr. Frank N. Furter for the film adaptation of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," but the role went to Tim Curry, who played the part in the London production.
- Jagger has a good sense of humor, eagerly poking fun at himself repeatedly on "Saturday Night Live."
- Jagger eats a diet of pasta, chicken, rice and fish. He also loves avocados for what he calls their "regenerative powers."
- When Maroon 5 released their 2011 song "Moves Like Jagger," Jagger said he was flattered.
- Jagger continues to work out despite recent heart surgery. He has said, "I train five or six days a week, but I don't go crazy. I alternate between gym work and dancing, then I do sprints, things like that. I'm training for stamina."