Chris Jagger

Christopher Jagger (born 19 December 1947) is an English musician. He is the younger brother of rock star Mick Jagger, frontman for the Rolling Stones.[1][2]

Chris Jagger
Chris Jagger in 2013
Chris Jagger in 2013
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Jagger
Born (1947-12-19) 19 December 1947 (age 73)
Dartford, Kent, England
GenresCajun, zydeco, folk, country, roots, blues, rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, actor, producer
InstrumentsGuitar, harmonica, washboard

Early life, family and educationEdit

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] was a hairdresser.[5]

Jagger attended secondary school at Eltham College. He won a place to study drama at the University of Manchester but opted not to go, preferring instead to spend time in London where elder brother Mick was enjoying his first years of fame.[6]


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 on two of the Rolling Stones' albums Dirty Work (1986) and Steel Wheels (1989)[7] while he also worked in France with Vanessa Paradis's producer, Franck Langolff.

Jagger has 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 programme about Alexis Korner, a blues pioneer, and co-produced a film for Sky Arts channel, I Got the Blues in Austin.

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 Sinéad O'Connor.

After twenty years, 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.[8][9]

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

Jagger teamed with his brother Mick for two duets to mark the 40th anniversary of his debut album.[10]

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.[11][12]

Guitar companyEdit

Jagger and his business partner Pat Townshend developed the guitar company Staccato in the mid-1980s. Townshend designed the magnesium alloy guitar, The Staccato. It features 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 played a Staccato bass during Kiss' Crazy Nights World Tour.

Personal lifeEdit

Jagger is married and has five children. Through his brother Mick, he also has four nephews and four nieces, among them Jade, Elizabeth and Georgia May; six grandnephews or grandnieces; and three great-grandnieces.




  • 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[14] - one track: Evil




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

Bands and musiciansEdit

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 TrioEdit

  • Chris Jagger : guitar, harmonica
  • Elliet Mackrell : fiddle, didgeridoo
  • David Hatfield : double bass

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). Steve Laffy has also played drums with Chris on many occasions.


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  2. ^ "Chris Jagger : He knows he's not Mick (but he likes it)". Time. 23 April 2011. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Time, 23 April 2011
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  7. ^ "Chris Jagger on Apple Mujsic". Retrieved 4 April 2021.
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  11. ^ "Chris Jagger lockt Nena nach Verden". Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Nichts versäumt tour 2018". (in German). Laugh and Peas Lifestyle and Entertainment GmbH. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Chris Jagger ... ... Discography". Archived from the original on 11 January 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Basil's Bar". 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
  15. ^ "Chris Jagger". Archived from the original on 19 February 2017. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  16. ^ "Jagger Peyton". Jagger Peyton. 8 November 2010. Archived from the original on 21 February 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2011.

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