Monday, July 26, 2010
Happy Birthday, Mick!
Sir Michael Philip Jagger of Dartford-Kent, England celebrates his 67th birthday born on July 26, 1943.
The recent re-release of the Rolling Stones' biggest, baddest album, Exile on Main Street, helped the world remember just how powerful the Rolling Stones' music could be. They didn't do rock operas. They didn't try to import exotic instruments. They rocked -- and probably will continue to do so. Their music rose up out of Blues and R&B with a hardy dose of Country.
When the Beatles sang "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You," the Rolling Stones had different intentions as noted by the title of a Muddy Waters' song that was a staple in their early song lineup, "I Just Want to Make Love to You."
While newer Stones albums don't cover new ground, there's not a Stones album out there that doesn't have at least a handful of great rockers that would knock the socks off of most bands at their best. There is no greater entertainment specticle than a Rolling Stones concert.
Who would have imagined when the Rolling Stones were peforming haunting numbers like "Sympathy for the Devil" and "Gimme Shelter" they'd still be a staple on rock radio well past 40 years later.
Somehow to say Mick Jagger has aged gracefully might miss the point. His last media event was appearing with his pal, Bill Clinton at the World Soccer Tournament in South Africa.