Who Was The Rolling Stones' 'Angie?' Theories About Her Identity

By | July 24, 2018

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Left: Angie Dickinson in 'Rio Bravo' (1959); center: single sleeve for the Rolling Stones' 'Angie,' 1973; right: Angela Merkel in 2011. Sources: IMDB; discogs.com; Wikimedia Commons

The 1973 acoustic ballad "Angie" by the Rolling Stones shot to the top of the charts when it was released on the group’s Goats Head Soup album. In fact, it is the band’s only ballad to hit #1 in the United States. “Angie,” written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, was different than the hard, aggressive sound that fans were used to with The Rolling Stones. The public was captivated by the tune. Part of the allure of the song was the mystery in evoked. Who was Angie? There have been many theories circulating that try to answer that question. 

Was David Bowie’s First Wife the Inspiration for 'Angie?'

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David Bowie with his wife Angie. Source: Pinterest

British singer David Bowie, a contemporary of The Rolling Stones, was influencing music and pop culture with his unique brand of music and his outrageous styles. From 1970 to 1980, he was married to an American actress, model, and journalist, Angela Barnett Bowie, who herself was a fashion icon of the seventies. Angie Bowie often claimed to be the muse to Richards and Jagger’s “Angie”, but both Stones band members have continuously denied her claim.