29 December 1946, Hampstead, London, England. Ex-convent schoolgirl Faithfull began her singing career upon meeting producer Andrew Loog Oldham at a London party. She was thus introduced into the Rolling Stones circle and a plaintive Mick Jagger / Keith Richards song, As Tears Go By, became her debut single in 1964. This folksy offering reached number 9, the first of four UK Top 10 hits, which also included Come And Stay With Me (penned by Jackie DeShannon) and the pounding Summer Nights. Her albums reflected an impressive balance between folk and rock, featuring material by Donovan, Bert Jansch and Tim Hardin, but her doomed relationship with Jagger undermined ambitions as a performer. Faithfull also pursued her thespian aspirations, appearing on stage in Chekhovs Three Sisters and on celluloid in the title role of Girl On A Motorcycle, but withdrew from the public eye following a failed suicide attempt upon her...
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