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Who is Marianne Faithfull, and what has she contributed to music?

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Who is Marianne Faithfull, and what has she contributed to music?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 17, 2014 at 7:11 PM (Answer #1)

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Singer, songwriter, and actress, Marianne Faithfull has a career that has extended for five decades. She is probably best known for her connection with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones from 1966-1970, a period in which she engaged in heavy drug usage, but was also very creative. 

Beginning as a folk singer in London's coffeehouses, but in 1964 when she attended a launch party for The Rolling Stones with John Dunbar and Andrew Loog Oldham, Faithfull met Oldman, who felt she had real talent. Her song, "As Tears Go By," written by Jagger, Richards, and Oldham, her first major release, became a success on the music charts. This success was followed by more with the release of such songs as This Little Bird", "Summer Nights" and "Come and Stay With Me." While she lived with Mick Jaggers, Marianne inspired such songs as "You Can't Always Get What You Want," "Wild Horses," and "I Got the Blues." She herself co-wrote "Sister Morphine" as she was both a cocaine and heroin addict.

Despite her addictions and attempted suicide, Marianne Faithfull has lived to be 67 and attained fame. In 1999, she 25th on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. As an actress, Faithfull has also been successful and in 2011, she received one of France's highest cultural honors, the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the highest of awards offered yearly to less than 20 people in the Arts.

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