Friday, July 26, 2013

20 Things You May Not Have Known About Mick Jagger!

You've heard he was a student at the London School of Economics before becoming a Rolling Stone! You've heard that he and Keith Richards became friends after running into each other on a Dartford train platform! But these are 20 Things You May Not Have Known About Mick Jagger, who is celebrating his 70th birthday today! And we've got sights and sounds and marvels to delight your eyes and ears, and you'll be able to read the very first one of those in a few moments…

1. Andrew Oldham’s original business partner, Eric Easton, basically trusted Oldham’s belief that a new band called The Rolling Stones could be the next big thing, but he just couldn’t believe the singer had any charisma or talent. According to Robert Palmer’s The Rolling Stones, only after much convincing from pianist Ian Stewart did Easton agree to allow Mick Jagger to retain his lead vocal position. If only Mick had been similarly supportive of Ian…

2. In 1964, the hysteria over The Rolling Stones’ shockingly long hair reached new heights of idiocy when Mick said he was approached by an eighty-year-old woman who asked if he was a member of The Supremes and “She wasn’t kidding!”

3. Mick Jagger supposedly played a role in launching The Beach Boys’ popularity in England when he gave “I Get Around” a big thumbs up on (depending on the source) Juke Box Jury or Ready, Steady, Go in 1964 and it became the Boy’s first top-ten hit in the UK. Apparently, Mike Love had forgotten the favor twenty-four years later when The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Said Love during his bizarre tirade at the ceremony, “I'd like to see Mick Jagger get out on this stage and do ‘I Get Around’ versus ‘Jumpin' Jack Flash’, any day now… I know Mick Jagger won't be here tonight, he's gonna have to stay in England. But I'd like to see us in the Coliseum and he at Wembley Stadium because he's always been chickenshit to get on stage with the Beach Boys." Cuckoo.

4. According to Bob Spitz’s The Beatles, Mick Jagger was in attendance for the Fabs’ milestone gig at Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965. The crowds’ crazed reaction reportedly freaked Jagger out.

 5. According to bass player Mark Tulin, engineer David Hassinger presented Mick Jagger with a list of potential names for a new band Hassinger was recording. When Mick gave “The Electric Prunes” his stamp of approval, Tulin’s band had a new name.

6. Although Andrew Oldham received co-producer’s credit with Mick on Chris Farlowe’s version of “Ride On Baby”, “Farlowe told the press that the production was ‘all Mick’,” according to Simon Spence’s Immediate Labels Unlimited.

7. According to Nicholas Schaffner’s The British Invasion, Keith Richards cited “Yesterday’s Papers” as the first Jagger/Richards song without any Richards input.

8. Despite the Stones’ druggy reputation, Mick Jagger was never a heavy indulger and allegedly didn’t try pot until Paul McCartney first rolled him a joint circa 1965 and didn’t try acid until the unfortunate February 12, 1967, excursion when he and Keith were busted on the drug charges that would make ’67 a hellish year for both of them.

9. Although The Rolling Stones were too caught up in their legal problems to perform at the Monterey Pop Festival, Mick Jagger still served on the festival’s board of governors.

10. In 1967, playwright Joe Orton rewrote an untitled screenplay he called Up Against It as a possible big-screen vehicle for The Beatles (John, Paul, George, and Ringo would have played four different facets of a single character). Brian Epstein rejected the script because of its outré subject matter, though Paul McCartney later claimed it was simply too “gay,” reflecting Orton’s sexuality rather than The Beatles. When Paul and his band pulled out, director Richard Lester lined up Ian McKellan and Mick Jagger—two personalities who’d have no such hetero-uptight reservations—to star in the film. Sadly, Orton’s death in August 1967 put Up Against It on permanent hold.

11. Later that year, Mick and Paul discussed starting a recording studio and label to be jointly owned by The Rolling Stones and Beatles. Ultimately, The Beatles pursued the latter venture on their own, forming Apple Records the following year.

12. Mick’s first solo single, “Memo from Turner”, was supposed to be a Rolling Stones recording, but Keith was apparently so irritated about his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg’s love scenes with Mick in the film Performance (which, legend has it, were not faked) that he continually sabotaged the sessions with sloppy performances (as heard on Metamorphosis). Mick was ultimately forced to recut the song with non-Stones backing musicians, such as Ry Cooder.

13. In his autobiography, Who I Am, Pete Townshend wrote, “Mick is the only man I’ve ever seriously wanted to fuck,” and revealed his jealous suspicions that The Who’s manager, Kit Lambert, may have been “having a sexual dalliance with Mick.”

14. According to Julian Dawson’s And on the Piano… Nicky Hopkins, few questions irked the famed session man more than “What is Mick Jagger really like?” The incessant inquisition eventually prompted Nicky to threaten to set the next person who asks him about Mick on fire. That is just what he did when a Canadian journalist asked the dreaded question and Nicky whipped out his Zippo and torched the poor schlub’s jacket!

15. The jam session that immediately followed Mick and Bianca Pérez-Mora Macias’s wedding reportedly included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, P.P. Arnold, Terry Reid, Bobby Keys, Doris Troy, Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Nicky Hopkins, and the groom on vocals and harp. Keith Richards, however, was passed out on the floor.

16. In 1974, John Lennon was in the throes of his legendary “Lost Weekend” while separated from Yoko Ono. Though partying was at the top of Lennon’s agenda, he did manage to be productive too, as when he produced a version of 100 Proof (Aged in Soul)’s “Too Many Cooks” with Mick Jagger singing lead. According to Robert Rodriguez’s Fab Four 2.0, Lennon recalled his production efforts involved little more than “sitting behind the desk.” Probably drunk.

 17. Sting considered Mick’s review of The Police’s debut 7” “Fall Out” in Sounds magazine to be one of the first great “coups” of his band’s career.

18. In 1978, Mick claimed he was mainly responsible for writing “Before They Make Me Run” with Keith only contributing the idea for one of “his” signature songs.

19. When Keith Richards played his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, for his old partner, Mick reacted stoically. However, Keith said that as soon as he left the room to pee, he peeked back in to see Mick dancing to the music. When Keith returned, Mick was sitting quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

20. In 1972, Mick Jagger vowed to quit rocking and rolling when he was 33 because “that’s the time when a man has to do something else.” So much for that.
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