Sunday 28 December 2014

Colourful characters from the iconic Rolling Stones

As singer Mick Jagger talks about life in his 70s, Pat Fitzpatrick looks at him and other colourful characters from the iconic band

Pat Fitzpatrick

Published 25/08/2014 | 02:30

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Ronnie Wood
Charlie Watts
Bill Wyman

As singer Mick Jagger talks about life in his 70s, Pat Fitzpatrick looks at him and other colourful characters from the iconic band

Mick Jagger

Everyone knew that Jagger was referring to his black girlfriend or heroin when he sang Brown Sugar. Except in 1970s Ireland, where we thought he was telling us what to add to coffee in a posh restaurant. We waited for further advice in the form of songs called Egg Mayonnaise or Mushroom Vol-au-Vents. It never happened. Their song Mother's Little Helper was about Valium. A lot of Irish mammies steered clear of that lad. They were terrified it would work and they'd have nothing to complain about.

Keith Richards

Keith revealed in his autobiography, Life, that he hardly slept at all during the glory days. In fairness, if you were Keith back in the 1960s and 1970s, you'd stay awake too, just in case you'd miss anything. Johnny Depp took Keith as his inspiration for the Captain Jack Sparrow character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. They were brilliant at first, but ended up as a sad, money-making parody in later years. But enough about the Rolling Stones, says you.

Charlie Watts

They say that cool drummer Charlie is the one member of the Rolling Stones who is doing a decent job of growing old gracefully. We say that's not too difficult when you consider that the competition is Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards. You'd wonder what the band members must be thinking on tour these days when Mick Jagger is belting out their iconic lyric, "what a drag it is getting old". Our guess is at that least one of them is thinking, "I can't believe I need another pee".

Ronnie Wood

You might not feel comfortable marrying a woman half your age. But it's fair to say that Ronnie would. Sorry. 
His ex-wife Jo had to put up with so much that a lot of people thought her first name was Long-Suffering. We're not for a moment suggesting that Ronnie is starting to look like a waxwork doll 
of himself. But we would not advise him to stand around Madame Tussauds at closing time. That's 
how a lad could get locked in.

Bill Wyman

Bill married 
18-year-old Mandy Smith when he was 49. Seriously, what is it that attracts teenage girls to fabulously rich and famous older men? We might never know. Bill estimates that he slept with around 1,000 women. Not at the 
same time, obviously. Let's face it, you'd never get a wink of sleep if you had 1,000 women in the same bed. There would always be one of them waking you up to check if you had put 
out the bins.

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