Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Singer and Former Lover of Mick Jagger

Marianne Evelyn Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter and actress whose career has spanned five decades. Her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s. During the first two-thirds of that decade, she produced only two little-noticed studio albums. After a long commercial absence, she returned late in 1979 with the highly acclaimed album, Broken English.… Read More

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  • My Bookshelf, Myself: My 10 Favorite Books: Marianne Faithfull
    NYTimes - Jul 15, 2016
  • On My Radar: Marianne Faithfull’s Cultural Highlights
    Guardian (UK) - Jan 10, 2016
  • Aid Sbeat 2013 Will Be A Rock And Roll Circus
    Financial Post - Sep 11, 2013
  • The Everlasting Phil Ramone And Danielle Evin: Dog Ears Music: 'working Class Hero' Playlist
    Huffington Post - Aug 30, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Marianne Faithfull.


1946 Birth Born on December 29, 1946.


Born in Hampstead, London, Faithfull began her career in 1964 after attending The Rolling Stones party where she was discovered by Andrew Loog Oldham. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Faithfull married John Dunbar on 6 May 1965 in Cambridge with Peter Asher as the best man. … Read More
1966 19 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1966 to 1970, she had a highly publicised romantic relationship with Mick Jagger. … Read More


1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Faithfull, by now addicted to cocaine, miscarried a daughter (whom she had named Corrina) while retreating to Jagger's country house in Ireland.
1969 - 1970 2 More Events
1971 24 Years Old In 1971, producer Mike Leander found her on the streets and made an attempt to revive her career, producing part of her album Rich Kid Blues. … Read More
1975 28 Years Old In 1975 she released the country-influenced record Dreamin' My Dreams (a.k.a. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old Faithfull's career returned full force in 1979 (the same year she was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway) with the album Broken English, one of her most critically hailed albums. … Read More
1981 34 Years Old Faithfull began living in New York after the release of the follow-up to Broken English, Dangerous Acquaintances, in 1981. … Read More
1985 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Faithfull performed "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife" on Hal Willner's tribute album Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill. … Read More


In 1987, Faithfull dedicated a "thank you" to Tose within the album package of Strange Weather, on the back sleeve: "To Howard Tose with love and thanks". … Read More
1988 - 1994 3 More Events
1995 48 Years Old Faithfull also sang "Love is Teasin," an Irish folk standard, with The Chieftains on their album The Long Black Veil, released in 1995.
1996 49 Years Old Faithfull sang a duet and recited text on the San Francisco band Oxbow's 1996 album Serenade in Red.


1997 50 Years Old Faithfull also sang background vocals on Metallica's song "The Memory Remains" from their 1997 album ReLoad and appeared in the song's music video; the track reached No. 28 in the U.S. (No.3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart) and No.13 in the UK.
1998 51 Years Old 1 More Event
As her fascination with the music of Weimar-era Germany continued, Faithfull performed in The Threepenny Opera at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, playing Pirate Jenny. Her interpretation of the music led to a new album, Twentieth Century Blues (1996), which focused on the music of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht as well as Noël Coward, followed in 1998 by a recording of The Seven Deadly Sins, with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies. … Read More
1999 52 Years Old 1 More Event
Faithfull's 1999 DVD Dreaming My Dreams contained material about her childhood and parents, with historical video footage going back to 1964 and interviews with the artist and several friends who have known her since childhood. … Read More
2002 55 Years Old Her renaissance continued with Kissin Time, released in 2002. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, she released Before the Poison. … Read More


In 2007, Faithfull collaborated with the British singer/songwriter, Patrick Wolf on the duet "Magpie" from his third album The Magic Position and wrote and recorded a new song for the French film Truands called "A Lean and Hungry Look" with Ulysse.
On 31 March 2009, Faithfull performed "The Crane Wife 3" on The Late Show. … Read More
On 31 January 2011, Faithfull released her 18th studio album Horses and High Heels in mainland Europe with mixed reviews from the most important media. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old In late 2012, Faithfull performed in a production of Weill's Seven Deadly Sins at the Linz State Theatre.
2013 66 Years Old On 22 June 2013 she made a sell-out concert appearance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, with jazz musician Bill Frisell playing guitar, as a part of Meltdown Festival curated by Yoko Ono.
On 30 May 2014 Faithfull suffered a broken hip after a fall while on holiday on the Greek island of Rhodes and underwent surgery. … Read More
2016 69 Years Old During a webchat hosted by The Guardian on 1 February 2016, Faithfull revealed plans to release a live album from her 50th Anniversary tour.
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