Mick Jagger, 70 years old today, weight: 149 pounds, Waist: 28 inches, distance travelled (running, walking, dancing) in a single concert: 12 miles, amount of breath inhaled and exhaled in concert equivalent to a race horse in action. It’s no exaggeration to say that Jagger has the fitness levels of a man less than half his age.
The hair is dyed, the wrinkles and facial wadis are evident, and the singing voice is frankly not what it once was, but Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones show no signs of quitting just yet.
Born in war time Dartford in Kent this day in 1943, Mick Jagger was from a middle class family. His father was a physical fitness instructor who ensured that Mick kept to a daily fitness routine, even when he became a world famous pop star.
To witness the Rolling Stones when they first came to prominence in the early to mid 60s is to witness what is still probably the most exciting phenomenon ever to have happened in rock and roll; perhaps because it was all so new, but perhaps because they just had more edge than any band before or since. They were regarded as the dangerous bad boys next to the Beatles parent friendly mop top image.
Of course today the ‘danger’ levels have somewhat subsided. The Rolling Stones are hailed by princes and presidents, and Jagger has been knighted by the Queen. Jagger’s idea of a day off is to visit a museum with his family. They are all more wealthy and more pro-establishment than the people they were once rebelling against. Meanwhile, each concert is not so much a rock and roll revolution as a testament to their stubborn endurance.
Sir Winston and Sir Mick
Sir Winston Churchill aged 69
Sir Mick Jagger aged 69
In 1943, Sir Winston Churchill was busy trying to save Britain from Nazi domination. He turned 69 that year, and a portrait was painted of him at the time. You can make up your own mind which one of them aged better – and which one of them has had more of an impact on the culture of Britain. In 1943 they lived just half an hour away from each other, Sir Winston at Chartwell Manor in Westerham, and Mick in Dartford, now an easy journey on the M25.
It may surprise you to learn that Sir Mick and Sir Winston also share very much the same philosophy in life.
When told his finances were not in good shape, Sir Winston’s idea of economising was to drink only three bottles of Moet champagne each night. His favourite expression was ‘KBO – Keep Buggering On.’
At 70, Sir Mick still confesses to indulging in alcohol, and even told The Sun that some partying is necessary just to keep a healthy and happy outlook on life. Mick‘s philosophy is ‘don’t look at the clouds of tomorrow through the sunshine of today,’ – in other words – keep buggering on.
July 26th 1943 was a very bad news day for Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. The loss of North Africa and the successful Allied invasion of Sicily forced Premier Benito Mussolini to resign from office. Premier Mussolini and his cabinet were immediately placed under arrest by the new government led by Marshal Pietro Badoglio. This ultimately led to him being shot by firing squad in April 1945 and being hung upside down in a public square for all to vent their hatred, pictures of which are available online.
Happy birthday to a still very sprightly Mick Jagger.
1943 Rolex Bubbleback, California dial
This excellent Rolex Bubbleback of 1943 vintage has far less wrinkles than Sir Mick. A California dial refers to a clock face that consists of half Roman (usually 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock) and half Arabic numerals (usually 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock). Sometimes the hours of 3, 6, and 9 are replaced with a dash instead of a numeral and an inverted triangle in place of the 12. The use of this dial style dates back to the 1930s, for example in early Rolexes, Marina Militare and Kampfschwimmer diver’s watches. A number of Rolexes were refurbished by a company based in California using this style of dial, and resulting in the name “California dial”.