Chris Jagger in 2013
|Birth name||Christopher Jagger|
19 December 1947|
Dartford, Kent, England
|Genres||Cajun, zydeco, folk, country, roots, blues, rock|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, actor, producer|
|Instruments||Guitar, harmonica, washboard|
Life and career
Jagger was born into a middle-class family in Dartford, Kent. 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, was a hairdresser.
After studying dramatic art, Jagger has worked in many fields, including theatre, cinema, clothes design, and decoration. He first appeared in the musical 'Hair' in Tel Aviv for six months, later with the Black Theatre of Brixton at the ICA in London with Rufus Collins, then joined The Glasgow Citizens' Theatre where he appeared with, amongst others, Kieran Hinds, Pierce Brosnan, and Sian Thomas. He also played repertory theatre in Nottingham, Plymouth, and Hammersmith Lyric London.
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 business partner Pat Townshend developed the guitar company Staccato in the mid-1980s. 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, and Chris and Mick Jagger. The company went under in 1987. Gene Simmons can be seen playing a Staccato bass during Kiss' Crazy Nights World Tour.
In England, he also organised charity concerts: one for Bosnia (Bop for Bosnia) and the three others for Tibet including one at Alexandra Palace London in the presence of the Dalai Lama, where the acts included Dave Gilmour and Sinead O'Connor.
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.
Jagger is married and has five children.
Jagger's song "Still Waters" appears on the 2013 Carla Olson album Have Harmony, Will Travel.
Jagger teamed up with his brother Mick for two new duets to mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album.
In April 2018 it was announced that Jagger would be the support act at six concerts in June 2018 of the German popstar Nena, a long-time fan of the Rolling Stones who had met Jagger during one of his performances in Verden the previous October.
- 1973 : You Know the Name But Not the Face
- 1973 : Chris Jagger (US #186)
- 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
- 2017 : All The Best
- 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 - one track: Evil
- 1972 : Lucifer Rising
- 1978 : The Stud
- 1979 : Home Before Midnight
- 1979 : The Bitch
- 1985 : Lifeforce (L'étoile du mal)
- 2000 : Attraction
- 2009 : I Got the Blues in Austin - Co-producer (Jagger Peyton Films)
- 1979 : BBC2 Playhouse - 1 episode : Standing in for Henry
- 1980 : Shoestring - 1 episode : Find the Lady
Bands and musicians
Atcha Acoustic (1996)
- Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
- Charlie Hart : fiddle, accordion
- Ben Waters : piano
Chris Jagger's Atcha!
- 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
- Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
- Elliet Mackrell : fiddle, didgeridoo
- David Hatfield : double bass
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