Sir Michael Philip Jagger, the only member of the Rolling Stones to be granted knighthood, turns 68 today.
Much of the recent focus on the Stones has been their lack of touring and that rift between Jagger and Keith Richards that's been around for about 50 years. But Jagger's been keeping on -- despite the critics who have been calling on him to hang up the microphone for years -- including recording a new version of "Plundered My Soul" for last year's Exile on Main St. rerelease, and the album of his new supergroup, SuperHeavy, is coming out later this year.
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For Jagger's 68th, though, we'll fill you in on (or remind you of) some of his most classic on-stage duets as the Stones' frontman, and don't worry -- "Dancing in the Street" ain't showing up here:
- "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" with Amy Winehouse
"Champagne & Reefer" with Muddy Waters
"State of Shock" and "It's Only Rock 'n Roll" with Tina Turner
- "Honky Tonk Woman" with Sheryl Crow
"Loving Cup" with Jack White
Amy Winehouse, who was found dead Saturday morning, was a troubled yet very talented vocalist who unfortunately joins former Stones guitarist Brian Jones in the fateful "27 Club." Still, her performance with the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007 is undoubtedly worthy of this list. The performance of Jagger and Winehouse is a stunning re-creation of the Stones' own 1974 release of the song, which is based on the original Temptations hit.
Watching Jagger perform alongside Muddy Waters, it looks like Mick is living out a boyhood dream next to one of the idols of American blues. Another great version of this song is with Jagger and Buddy Guy, well after Muddy Waters died in 1983. Buddy Guy's version includes redirecting the cocaine lyric at Keith, which makes a great quip since he's on stage with him, but the Muddy Waters/Jagger version is a classic.
Just about everyone saw this one happen live during the Live Aid concert in 1985, which had an estimated global television audience of around 2 billion people. Unsurprisingly, Jagger's shirt comes off at one point, and Tina Turner's dress goes missing at some point too.
Sheryl Crow dropped by the Madison Square Garden stop during the Stones' "Forty Licks World Tour" in 2003, which ended up in the Four Flicks DVD compilation. Aside from her ever-strong voice, Crow also brought along some of the sweetest pants imaginable.
Jack White is kind of Keith's guy, but the somewhat strange contrast between White's and Jagger's voices make this song -- which was shown in the Martin Scorsese-directed Shine a Light -- fun as hell.