Mick Jagger's Most Iconic Moments and Looks

Mick Jagger's Most Iconic Moments and Looks

In celebration of the star's 74th birthday.

In celebration of the star's 74th birthday.

Text: Carolyn Hanson

The best-dressed man in classic rock is 74 today, so let's take a look at some notable moments (and outfits) from his history:

Meeting Keith Richards at Dartford Station:

In April 1962, an 18-year-old Keith Richards wrote a letter to his aunt describing the meeting that ignited the fire that would become The Rolling Stones:

"You know I was keen on Chuck Berry and I thought I was the only fan for miles but one mornin' on Dartford Stn. (that's so I don't have to write a long word like station) I was holding one of Chuck's records when a guy I knew at primary school 7-11 yrs y'know came up to me. He's got every record Chuck Berry ever made and all his mates have too, they are all rhythm and blues fans, real R&B I mean (not this Dinah Shore, Brook Benton crap) Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Chuck, Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker all the Chicago bluesmen real lowdown stuff, marvelous. Bo Diddley he's another great.

Anyways the guy on the station, he is called Mick Jagger and all the chicks and the boys meet every Saturday morning in the 'Carousel' some juke-joint well one morning in Jan I was walking past and decided to look him up. Everybody's all over me I get invited to about 10 parties. Beside that Mick is the greatest R&B singer this side of the Atlantic and I don't mean maybe. I play guitar (electric) Chuck style we got us a bass player and drummer and rhythm-guitar and we practice 2 or 3 nights a week. SWINGIN'."

Getting (Temporarily) Banned From the Ed Sullivan Show:

When told to censor the lyrics for the Stones' hit "Let's Spend the Night Together" before going on-air at the Ed Sullivan Show in 1967, Jagger was having absolutely none of it. He rolled his eyes and glared so many times at the camera that after the performance, Sullivan himself banned the band from his show. However, because they're The Rolling Stones, they allowed them back on just two years later.

Wearing this White Dress at a Hyde Park Performance in 1969:

Dressing to the Nines With Then-Girlfriend Marianne Faithfull at a Train Station that Same Year:

Marrying Bianca Jagger:

Much like Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg, Mick and Bianca Jagger are one of classic rock's most iconic couples. Although their marriage lasted short of 10 years (1971-1979,) the Stones had at that point become so famous that the ceremony was a nightmare. French law at the time dictated there had to be a civil ceremony open to the public, which means that the couple was subjected to the paparazzi and bystanders trying to get a look at the iconic moment.

Posing in Fur for a 1974 Shoot:

Going Shirtless With Satin Pants and a Cape for a Performance in 1976:

Fully Taking on the '80s:

Teaming up With David Bowie for "Dancing in the Street":

This 1985 video is peak Mick Jagger–lots of dancing, pelvic thrusts, and overt sexuality. Add David Bowie to the mix and you get one of the most iconic music videos in history, despite mixed critical reaction to the song itself.

Getting Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

The Rolling Stones' induction in 1989 is one of the few times Mick has worn a more muted style.

Casually Bro'ing Down With Keith on a Plane in 1990:

Stunning in Sequins in Chile in 2016:

Strutting his Stuff at Desert Trip in 2016:

The singer's first words when he hit the stage were "Give it up for our opener, Bob Dylan!"

Happy birthday, Mick!


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