Happy 70th Birthday Mick Jagger

1 Son of a gymnastics teacher and a hairdresser.
2 Began singing in his church's choir when he was a child.
3 Was a Business Economics major.
4 First ambitions were to be either a journalist or a politician.
5 Said in 1972, "I'll never tour when I'm 50"....

And before anyone says that neither Mick nor anyone else should be performing rock & roll at this age, I'm bending over. Please kindly kiss my ass.

Happy Birthday, Mick!


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