Chris Jagger

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Chris Jagger
Chris Jagger live in Strasbourg (2013).jpg
Chris Jagger
Background information
Birth name Christopher Jagger
Born (1947-12-19) 19 December 1947 (age 67)
Dartford, Kent, England
Genres Cajun, zydeco, folk, country, roots, blues, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer, songwriter, actor, producer
Instruments Guitar, harmonica, washboard

Chris Jagger (born 19 December 1947 in Dartford, Kent) is an English musician. He is the younger brother of Mick Jagger.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Chris Jagger live in Strasbourg (2013)

Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent.[3] His father, Basil Fanshawe "Joe" Jagger (13 April 1913 – 11 November 2006), and grandfather, David Ernest Jagger, were both teachers. His mother, Eva Ensley Mary (née Scutts; 6 April 1913 – 18 May 2000), born in New South Wales, Australia, of English descent,[4][5] was a hairdresser[6] and an active member of the Conservative Party.

After studying dramatic art, Jagger has worked in many fields, including theater, cinema, clothes design and decoration.

In the 1970s, his project for recording an album with the Flying Burrito Brothers was aborted. In the 1980s, he contributed to two of The Rolling Stones' albums, Dirty Work (1986) and Steel Wheels (1989), while he also worked in France with Vanessa Paradis's producer, Franck Langolff.

Jagger has also worked as a journalist (contributing articles for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Independent on Sunday and Rolling Stone), and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2 a program about Alexis Korner, a blues pioneer, and co-produced a film for Sky Arts channel called I Got the Blues in Austin.

Jagger and his partner Pat Townshend developed a guitar company in the mid 80's. Pat Townshend designed the magnesium alloy guitar called, "The Staccato." The guitar featured a neck and bridge system that could be swapped out. The user could interchange a bass neck for a six string neck. Some models featured no volume or tone pots. The user could activate the volume controls on a touch sensitive LED pad.

A prototype bass was built in Norfolk England in 1983 and a business partnership was formed to produce Staccato guitars, at the old school house in Woodbastwick, Norfolk. The partners on equal shares were Pat Townshend, Bill Wyman, Chris and Mick Jagger. The company went under in 1987. Gene Simmons can be seen playing a Staccato bass during Kiss' Crazy Night's tour.

In England, he also contributed to the organisation of three charity concerts: one for Bosnia (Bop for Bosnia) and the two others for Tibet.

After twenty years of silence, Jagger's third album was released in 1994. Since this date, his musical style has changed to incorporate elements of cajun, zydeco, folk, country, blues and rock.[7][8]

Jagger is married and has 5 children.

Jagger's song "Still Waters" appears on the 2013 Carla Olson album "Have Harmony, Will Travel."

Mick Jagger has teamed up with his brother Chris for two new duets to mark the 40th anniversary of the Chris' debut album.[9]


Chris Jagger live in Madrid (2013)


  • 1973 : You Know the Name But Not the Face
  • 1974 : The Adventures of Valentine Vox the Ventriloquist
  • 1994 : Atcha
  • 1995 : Rock the Zydeco (U.S. edition of Atcha)
  • 1996 : From Lhasa to Lewisham
  • 2001 : Channel Fever
  • 2006 : Act of Faith
  • 2009 : The Ridge
  • 2013 : Concertina Jack
  • 2014 : Chris Jagger's Acoustic Roots'


  • 1976 : Eric Clapton : No Reason to Cry (vocals)
  • 1997 : Knights of the Blues Table - one track: Racketeer Blues (with Mick Jagger on harmonica)
  • 2003 : Rick Payne : Sessions - one track: Blue Eyes Crying
  • 2005 : Edith Lefel : Mèci - one track: L'isine Fémin
  • 2007 : Whatever Colors You Have in Your Mind (tribute to Bob Dylan) - one track: To be alone with you
  • 2008 : Flipron : Gravity Calling (vocals)
  • 2009 : Thank You, Georges! (tribute to Georges Brassens) - one track: First Love (La Première Fille)
  • 2010 : Mustique Blues Festival[11] - one track: Evil




  • 1979 : BBC2 Playhouse - 1 episode : Standing in for Henry
  • 1980 : Shoestring - 1 episode : Find the Lady

Bands and musicians[edit]

Atcha Acoustic (1996)[edit]

  • Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
  • Charlie Hart : fiddle, accordion
  • Ben Waters : piano

Chris Jagger's Atcha![edit]

  • Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica, washboard
  • Charlie Hart : fiddle, accordion, piano, bass, double bass
  • Malcolm Mortimore : drums
  • Jim Mortimore : bass, guitar, double bass

The first version of the band also included Paul Emile on bass,
Jim Mortimore being on guitar.

Chris Jagger's Acoustic Trio[edit]

Apart from the band members, contributions also came from several artists such as
Ed Deane, Dave Stewart, David Gilmour (guitar), Mick Jagger or Sam Brown (vocals).


  1. ^ "Chris Jagger : People say : Why can't your brother Mick support you ?". The Independent (London). 10 July 2004. 
  2. ^ "Chris Jagger : He knows he's not Mick (but he likes it)". Time. 23 April 2011.  Time, 23 April 2011
  3. ^ Anon. "Baptism entry for Mick Jagger, rock musician, from the registers of Dartford St. Alban for 6 October 1943.". Medway City Ark Document Gallery. Medway Council. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Deaths England and Wales 1984–2006". Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ancestry of Mick Jagger". Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Barratt, Nick (24 November 2006). "Family detective: Mick Jagger". The Daily Telegraph (London, UK). Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Chris Jagger ... ... biography". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  8. ^ "Chris Jagger Biography - Music Artist Band Biographies - Artists Bands Bio". 1947-12-19. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Chris Jagger ... ... Discography". Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  11. ^ "Basil’s Bar". 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  12. ^ Chris Jagger (I) - Filmography by type
  13. ^ "Jagger Peyton". Jagger Peyton. 2010-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 

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