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Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

On April 16, 1964, the Rolling Stones released their first album in Britain, simply titled “The Rolling Stones.” (It was released in America six weeks later.) That album would be the first of more than 25 studio releases, several live recordings, and a number of compilations. Mick Jagger has been fronting the Rolling Stones since the band formed in London in 1962. “I’ll never tour when I’m 50,” he said when he was 29. But when the band wrapped up its 50th anniversary tour, Jagger had just turned 70.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

From left, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones carry their bags past London’s Donmar Rehearsal Theatre in 1963.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones receive bouquets from fans in New York during their first US tour in June 1964.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The band gets ready to perform on the American musical variety show “Shindig” in 1965.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones leave London on a flight to New York on June 23, 1966. It was before the start of their fifth North American tour.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Paul McCartney of the Beatles, left, sits across from Jagger on a train at London’s Euston Station in 1967.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger sits in a London recording studio during the filming of director Jean-Luc Godard’s “Sympathy For the Devil” in 1968.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones in central London’s Hyde Park in 1969. His then-girlfriend Marianne Faithfull watches from behind the photographers.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards holds his son Marlon alongside Anita Pallenberg, the mother of his first three children, and Jagger in 1970.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and his new bride, Bianca Perez Morena de Macias, make their way through the crowds on their wedding day in St. Tropez, France, in 1971.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger returns to his seat during a cricket match between England and Australia in 1972.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Daily Express entertainment writer David Wigg interviews Jagger in 1973.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones record a music video for the song “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” in 1974. The video, filmed in London, was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger takes a break during rehearsals for a show in 1975.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger empties a bucket of water on stage at the 1976 Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, England.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and his wife, Bianca, spend an evening at Chez Castel in Paris in 1977.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Stones film a music video for the song “Respectable” in 1978.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger arrives at a London court in 1979 to go over his divorce settlement with Bianca. They were married for nine years.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger performs in 1980 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger returns to his New York apartment after attending a Jimmy Cliff show in 1981.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger looks out at the crowd during a 1982 concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and then-girlfriend Jerry Hall attend an opening at the Mizuno Gallery in Los Angeles in 1983. Jagger and Hall were married for nine years starting in 1990.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger has makeup applied backstage in 1984.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger performs at Live Aid in Philadelphia on July 13, 1985.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

From left, Paul McCartney, Jagger and David Bowie take the stage together at London’s Wembley Arena in 1986.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Jerry Hall spend a day at a beach in Barbados in 1987.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Bruce Springsteen share a microphone during the Beatles’ induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Keith Richards take the stage in 1989, when the Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger performs in the Netherlands during the Urban Jungle Tour in 1990.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger poses for a portrait in France in 1991.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Jerry Hall leave the Shaftesbury Theatre in London in 1992.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger plays Keith Richards, right, on a “Saturday Night Live” episode in 1993. Mike Myers, center, was playing the part of Jagger.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones perform at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger takes the stage in 1995.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger parties with Slash, the Guns N’ Roses guitarist, at a club in London in 1996.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger has his picture taken on a subway in New York in 1997.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger attends the final match of the 1998 World Cup.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Keith Richards perform on stage in London during their Bridges to Babylon Tour in 1999.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Jerry Hall leave The Ivy Restaurant in London after Hall’s debut in the stage production of “The Graduate” in 2000.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jimmy Fallon acts like Jagger’s reflection during a “Saturday Night Live” skit in 2001.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

From left, Charlie Watts, Jagger, Ron Wood and Keith Richards pose in front of a Rolling Stones blimp after arriving in New York in 2002.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger addresses the crowd during a show in Munich, Germany, in 2003.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner, left, is presented an award by Jagger and Ahmet Ertegun during the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

From left, Jagger, David A. Stewart and Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart attend a Golden Globes after-party in 2005. Jagger and Stewart, best known for his work with the Eurythmics, formed a supergroup called Super Heavy with Joss Stone, Damian Marley and A.R. Rahman.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones perform the Super Bowl halftime show in 2006.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Keith Richards perform in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2007.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

From left, Charlie Watts, Jagger, director Martin Scorsese, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood attend the opening ceremony of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger and Bono of U2 perform together during a concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 2009. It was marking the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger leaves his hotel in France during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones perform during the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger watches the 2012 Olympic Games in London with his girlfriend, American fashion designer L’Wren Scott. Scott died in 2014.

Five decades of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones

Jagger takes center stage at the Glastonbury Festival in England on June 29, 2013. It was the Rolling Stones’ first appearance at the event. Showing no signs of slowing down, Jagger thanked fans for following the band through the years.



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