♦ English rock singer and songwriter
He was born in Dartford, Kent, and reinvented himself from a rather shy middle-class student to a strutting rock hero and leading anti-establishment figure in the British pop music world of the 1960s. He is best known as the lead singer of the Rolling Stones, the self-styled Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World, which he co-founded in 1962. Through their appreciation of early blues, rock and roll, and R&B, the Stones were influential in introducing American pop music to Britain, reinventing it (and exporting it again) as British rock. Jagger's songwriting partnership with his Dartford contemporary, the Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards (1943- ), is one of the most celebrated in rock music and has produced more than 50 hits, including "Satisfaction" (1965) and "Brown Sugar" (1971). His first solo album was She's The Boss (1985), and his collaboration with Dave Stewart (1952- ) on the soundtrack for the remake of Alfie (2004) was highly praised, but none of his solo projects has rivalled his work with the Stones. He has also acted in a number of films since his debut in Performance (1970). The Rolling Stones, now part of the very establishment they undermined in the 1960s, continue to tour, consistently breaking box office records, and to release new material - A Bigger Bang (2005) reached number two in Britain and number three in America. In 2008 Martin Scorsese released his acclaimed documentary about the band, Shine a Light. Jagger was knighted in 2002.