Jagger, Stewart Win Golden Globe Award

Duo snags Best Original Song award for "Old Habits

January 18, 2005 12:00 AM ET

Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics producer-songwriter Dave Stewart won Best Original Song at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards Saturday night in Los Angeles for the track "Old Habits Die Hard." This was the first time either veteran rocker had been nominated for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association prize.

"Old Habits" is among the thirteen original tracks written, produced and recorded by Jagger and Stewart for last year's remake of the 1966 comedy Alfie, starring Jude Law. (They have collaborated in the past: on Jagger's 1987 solo record Primitive Cool and on the title song of the 1986 comedy Ruthless People.) But while Stewart has penned soundtracks in the past -- Beautiful Girls, The Ref and Cookie's Fortune among them -- this was the first such effort for Jagger.

"It's good to do something new," Jagger told Rolling Stone in December. "Lots of Stones songs have been quite famously featured in movies, but it's different when you're starting from scratch. It's nice to do it and get nominated for the first time around."

According to Jagger, the song title, which captures the dilemma of serial philanderer Alfie, came to him while flipping through some of his scribblings. "I found that lyric in a notebook," Jagger said, "and it just worked for me."

"Old Habits Die Hard" -- featured on the soundtrack album as a Jagger solo effort, an instrumental and a bonus-track duet with Sheryl Crow -- beat out songs from the Counting Crows ("Accidentally in Love," Shrek 2), Wyclef Jean ("Million Voices," Hotel Rwanda), Josh Groban ("Believe," The Polar Express) and Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Learn to Be Lonely," The Phantom of the Opera).

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