Soul singer Pat “P.P.” Arnold has made his return to London. Also of one of her many returns was, on roller skates, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Starlight Express in the mid ’80s. Spain has been home for 20 years, until Brexit complicated her residency. But London will always seethe with memories. She recently spoke about Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and revealed that the singer did not want to marry a black woman.
Mick Jagger never wanted to marry black woman
Speaking to Sydney Morning Herald, Arnold stated, “A girlfriend once said to me, ‘Do you think Mick Jagger pimped you to Andrew Oldham?’,” she said, referring to the early Stones manager who signed her to his Immediate label in 1966. “I said, ‘I don’t know, maybe he did!’
“I was not Mick Jagger’s woman. He was not my man. We were friends. And we were lovers,” she says of the guy who convinced her to jump ship from the predatory grooming factory of Ike & Tina Turner’s soul revue to become a UK-based solo artist, already a mother of two, at the age of 19.
“Yeah, and we were lovers for many years, from the time that we had together in the beginning through all those relationships with all those other women,” she stresses, “[who] came and went, who wanted to be Mrs Mick Jagger. But I always knew Mick Jagger was not gonna marry no black woman. You know what I mean?”
PP, who was one of The Ikettes, the backing singers for Ike and Tina Turner, met Mick when they supported The Rolling Stones on tour in the sixties. She had once revealed how she had an abortion after falling pregnant by the singer, who inspired her song ‘Though It Hurts Me Badly’.