Kevin Mazur/WireImageWatching Mick Jagger strut across the stage during The Rolling Stones' most recent concerts, it's hard to believe that the rock icon was about to turn 70. Whether or not time is on his side, today indeed marks Sir Mick's 70th birthday, and the legendary singer certainly has plenty to celebrate.
Few music stars have made a greater cultural mark on the world than Jagger. He was one of rock's first bad boys, whose kinetic stage moves, drawling vocals and ***** attitude drove fans into a frenzy as The Rolling Stones established themselves as the rebellious counterparts of The Beatles. Then there's Mick's oversized lips, which are the inspiration for one of the most recognized logos in the history of rock 'n' roll -- The Stones' tongue-and-lips logo.
First and foremost, though, is the music Jagger has created with his band mate and songwriting partner, Keith Richards. For more than 50 years, The Rolling Stones have delivered one memorable tune after another, spanning genres and reflecting the *****. From "(I Can t Get No) Satisfaction" and "Get Off of My Cloud," to "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Honky Tonk Women," to "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Gimme Shelter," to "Wild Horses" and "Tumbling Dice," to "Angie" and "Miss You," to "Start Me Up" and "Doom and Gloom," Mick and The Stones have created the soundtrack to many a music fanatic's life.
Beyond his work with The Rolling Stones, Jagger also has released a few solo albums, and also recently took part in a supergroup project called SuperHeavy. In addition, he's dabbled in film producing and acting. In 2003, he was knighted by Prince Charles in London.
Christopher Andersen, author of the 2012 biography Mick: The Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger, says the singer's impact can't be understated.
"The use of the word icon…doesn't seem sufficient to describe Mick Jagger," Andersen tells ABC News Radio. "He really is just this kind of force of nature and, I think, a complete original in every way."
The author notes that Jagger himself never imagined that he'd still be rocking out to packed arenas at such a ripe old age.
"When he turned 30, Mick said, 'I'd rather die than be 45 and still singing 'Satisfaction,'" he points out. "And here he is, still going strong, still relevant, to even young listeners."
With The Stones recently completing their 50 and ******** Tour, many fans are wondering if the band intends to keep going. Judging by recent comments from Jagger, that seems to be the case. In an interview with the U.K.'s Absolute Radio before the group's sold-out shows in London's Hyde Park, the singer revealed, "I'm always writing new songs so hopefully we'll do new songs one of these days soon." He also told NME that he'd love to play Hyde Park again, so it seems that retirement is not quite in the cards yet for the birthday boy, news that should give millions of Stones fans great satisfaction.
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