Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart

British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, England, and currently residing in Epping add

Category: Music

Born in 1945.

Countries: United States (40%), United Kingdom (39%), (7%)

Main connections: Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood, Brian Auger

Linked to: Mercury Records, The Rolling Stones, Columbia Graphophone Company, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl




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Rod Stewart was born in 1945 add something


His introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richard's 1956 hit "The Girl Can't Help It" and seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert add something


His father bought him a guitar in January 1959; the first song he learned was the folk tune "It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song" and the first record he bought was Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody" add something


In 1960, he joined a skiffle group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie Donegan and Chas McDevitt hits add something


With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces add something


Bruce Robb (producer) - He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of The Robbs during the music revolution of the 1960s, as a founder of Cherokee Studios in the 1970s; followed by decades of producing, engineering and recording with artists like Mos Def, Macy Gray, Henry Rollins, Steve Vai, The Lemonheads, John Mellencamp, Steve Cropper, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Del_Shannon, Wilson Pickett


Wizz Jones - In the early 1960s he went busking in Paris , France, and there mixed in an artistic circle that included Rod Stewart, Alex Campbell, Clive Palmer and Ralph McTell


In 1961 he went to Denmark Street with The Raiders and got a singing audition with well-known record producer Joe Meek, but Meek stopped the session with a rude sound add something


Stewart was an active supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at this time, joining the annual Aldermaston Marches from 1961 to 1963 and being arrested on three occasions when he took part in sit-ins at Trafalgar Square and Whitehall for the cause add something


In 1962 he had his first serious relationship, with London art student Suzannah Boffey ; he moved to a bed-sit in Muswell Hill to be near her add something


In 1962, Stewart began hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones, busking at Leicester Square and other London spots add something


In early 1962, Stewart joined The Ray Davies Quartet, later known as the successful British band The Kinks, as their lead singer add something


Finally this resulted in Stewart being rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy during 1963 add something


In 1963, Stewart adopted the Mod lifestyle and look, and began fashioning the spiky rooster hairstyle that would become his trademark add something


After returning to London, Stewart joined a rhythm and blues group, the Dimensions, in October 1963 as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist add something


Stewart played some dates on his own in late 1964 and early 1965, sometimes backed by the Southampton R & B outfit The Soul Agents. and legendary impresario Giorgio Gomelsky put together Steampacket, which featured Baldry, Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Micky Waller, Vic Briggs, and Rick Brown; their first appearance was in support of The Rolling Stones in July 1965 add something


There he first played with Ronnie Wood whom he had first met in a London pub in 1964; the two soon became fast friends add something


In June 1964, Stewart made his recording début on "Up Above My Head", the B-side to a Baldry and Hoochie Coochie Men single add something


He appeared on several regional television shows around the country and recorded his first single in September 1964 add something


His parallel solo career attempts continued on EMI's Columbia label with the November 1965 release of "The Day Will Come", a more heavily arranged pop attempt, and the April 1966 release of his take on Sam Cooke's "Shake", with the Brian Auger Trinity add something


Stewart's "Rod the Mod" image gained wider visibility in November 1965, when he was the subject of a 30-minute Rediffusion, London television documentary titled "An Easter with Rod" that portrayed the Mod scene add something


Brian Auger - In 1965 Auger formed the group The Steampacket, along with Long John Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Vic Briggs and Rod Stewart


Stewart departed from Steampacket in March 1966, with Stewart saying he had been sacked and Auger saying he had quit add something


Stewart joined a somewhat similar outfit, Shotgun Express, in May 1966 as co-lead vocalist with Beryl Marsden add something


Shotgun Express released one unsuccessful single in October 1966, the orchestra-heavy "I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round", before disbanding add something


Steve Marriott - They first met in 1966 and Marriott was immediately smitten, but Rylance was dating up-and-coming singer Rod Stewart and so the two became friends


Jeff Beck - He formed The Jeff Beck Group, which briefly featured ex Shadow Jet Harris, on bass, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ronnie Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano and, after a series of drummers, eventually Micky Waller in early 1967


Stewart's sputtering solo career continued, with the March 1968 release of non-hit "Little Miss Understood" on Immediate Records add something


The Jeff Beck Group toured Western Europe in spring 1968, recorded, and were nearly destitute; assistant manager Peter Grant booked them on a six-week tour of the United States starting in June 1968 with the Fillmore East in New York add something


In August 1968, their first album "Truth" was released; by October it had risen to number 15 on the US albums chart but failed to chart in the UK. The radical, groundbreaking, landmark album featured Beck's masterly guitar technique and manipulated sounds as Stewart's dramatic vocalising tackled the group's varied repertoire of blues, folk, rock, and proto-heavy metal add something


Mercury Records A&R man Lou Reizner had seen Stewart perform with Beck, and in October 1968 signed him to a solo contract; but contractual complexities delayed Stewart's recording for him until July 1969 add something


"An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" became Stewart's first solo album in 1969 add something


Stewart sang guest vocals for the Australian group Python Lee Jackson on "In a Broken Dream", recorded in April 1969 but not released until 1970 add something


Meanwhile, in May 1969, guitarist and singer Steve Marriott left English band The Small Faces add something


The group's second album, "Beck-Ola", was released in June 1969 in the US and September 1969 in the UK, bracketing the time the group was dissolving; it made number 15 in the US albums chart and placed to number 39 in the UK albums chart add something


Ron Wood was announced as the replacement guitarist in June and in October 1969 Stewart followed his friend and was announced as their new singer add something


Ian McLagan - In 1969, after Steve Marriott left the group and Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood joined, the band changed its name to Faces


Faces released their debut album "First Step" in early 1970 with a rock and roll style similar to the Rolling Stones add something


These albums have been released on Clive Davis's J Records label and have seen Stewart enjoy album sales equal to the 1970s add something


Tumbleweed Connection - Country Comfort was recorded in 1970 for Gasoline Alley, the second album by Rod Stewart


Lyn Paul - During the 1970s Paul dated pop star Rod Stewart


Bonnie Tyler - Her voice has had her compared to Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes as a result of her vocal nodules operation in the 1970s, sometimes even being referenced as "the female Rod Stewart", and "the female Meat Loaf", after her collaboration with Jim Steinman


Stewart's 1971 solo album "Every Picture Tells a Story" made him a household name when the B-side of his minor hit "Reason to Believe", "Maggie May", started receiving radio play add something


The second Faces album, "Long Player", was released in early 1971 and enjoyed greater chart success than "First Step" add something


The Temptations - British rock singer Rod Stewart released a cover of "I'm Losing You" in 1971; in 1991, he collaborated with the Temptations on the single "The Motown Song"


John Peel - In 1971 he appeared not as presenter but performer, alongside Rod Stewart and The Faces, pretending to play mandolin on "Maggie May"


Madeline Bell - She sang backing vocals on Rod Stewart's 1971 song "Every Picture Tells A Story", and contributed to the soundtrack of the romance film "A Touch of Class"


Faces toured extensively in 1972 with growing tension in the band over Stewart's solo career enjoying more success than the band's add something


It was re-released in 1972 to become a worldwide hit add something


Faces released their final album "Ooh La La," which reached number one in the UK and number 21 in the US in 1973 add something


Brian Matthew - Guests in 1974 included Rod Stewart, Joni_Mitchell and Neil Diamond


In 1975 Faces toured the US twice before Stewart announced the Faces' break-up at the end of the year add something


In 1975, Rod Stewart moved to Los Angeles add something


Britt Ekland - In 1975 she provided "whispers" in French on the end of boyfriend Rod Stewart's Tonight's the Night


Additionally in 1976 Stewart covered The Beatles' song "Get Back" for the ephemeral musical documentary "All This and World War II" add something


Later in 1976, Stewart topped the US "Billboard" Hot 100 for eight weeks and the Australian ARIA chart with the ballad "Tonight's the Night", with an accompanying music video featuring Ekland add something


The single returned to the UK Top 10 a year later when used as the theme music for a BBC documentary series about "HMS Ark Royal", and having been a hit twice over became, and remains, Stewart's biggest-selling single in the UK. His Holland-Dozier-Holland cover "This Old Heart Of Mine" was a Top 100 hit in 1976 add something


"Foot Loose & Fancy Free" featured Rod's own band, the original Rod Stewart Group that featured Carmine Appice, Phil Chen, Jim Cregan, Billy Peek, Gary Grainger and John Jarvis, from 1977 continued Stewart's run of chart success, again reaching number two add something


Jim Cregan - In 1977 he joined Rod Stewart's band and became Stewart's musical director, co-producer and co-writer


Jorge Ben Jor - This album features a remake of his previously released song "Taj Mahal," from which Rod Stewart's 1977 hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy- was plagiarized


A focal point of criticisms about this period was his biggest-selling 1978 disco hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy-", which was atypical of his earlier output, and disparaged by critics add something


Stewart donated his royalties from the song to UNICEF, and he performed it with his band at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 add something


Donna Summer - In 1979, Summer performed at the world-televised Music for UNICEF Concert, joining contemporaries such as ABBA, Olivia Newton-John, the Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rod Stewart, John_Denver, Earth, Wind & Fire, Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson for a TV special that raised funds and awareness for the world's children


Alana Stewart - In 1979, she married rock star Rod Stewart


Rod moved a bit to a more New Wave direction in 1980 by releasing the album "Foolish Behaviour" add something


MTV - MTV played some classic rock acts from the 1980s and earlier decades, including David Bowie, Dire Straits , Journey, Rush, Aerosmith, The Moody Blues, John Mellencamp, Billy Joel, Genesis, Billy Squier, Robert Palmer, Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, The Who and &ZZ_Top; newly solo acts such as Robert Plant, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, David Lee Roth and Pete_Townshend; supergroup acts such as Asia, Power Station, The Firm and Traveling Wilburys, as well as forgotten acts such as Michael Stanley Band, Shoes, Blotto and Taxxi


Later in 1981, Stewart added further elements of New Wave and synth pop to his sound for the "Tonight I'm Yours" album add something


In August 1981, MTV was launched in the US with several of Stewart's videos in heavy rotation add something


On 18 December 1981, Stewart played the Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner add something


Wally Stocker - The Babys disbanded in 1981 and he toured with Rod Stewart and Air Supply, as well as Humble Pie Featuring Jerry Shirley, Jimmy Barnes and Zoomer


Pete Carr - During the Falklands War of 1982, as British battle ships set sail to reclaim the Islands the BBC played the Rod Stewart song "Sailing" nation wide


Kelly Emberg - Emberg was at the top of her career when she began dating singer Rod Stewart in 1983


Scotiabank Saddledome - The Moody Blues were the first musical act to appear with Stevie Ray Vaughan opening, in November 1983, while Rod Stewart has made the most appearances in the Dome, eleven


Alana Stewart - Alana and Rod Stewart divorced in 1984, but she retained his surname for her career


In January 1985, he performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro before an estimated audience of over 100,000 add something


Jeff Beck - In 1985 Beck released "Flash", featurng a variety of vocalists, but most notably former bandmate Rod Stewart on a rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready"


He reached UK number two in 1986 with "Every Beat of My Heart" add something


In 1988, he returned with "Out Of Order", produced by Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and by Bernard Edwards of Chic add something


Carmine Rojas - He recorded and toured with Rod Stewart as a musical director and bass guitarist from 1988 through 2003


In January 1989, Stewart set out on the South American leg of the Out of Order Tour playing to sell-out audiences throughout Americas add something


By the early 1990s, Stewart had mostly abandoned creating his own material, saying that he was not a natural songwriter and that the tepid response to his recent efforts was not rewarding add something


Stewart's version of the Tom Waits song "Downtown Train" went to number three on the "Billboard" Hot 100 in 1990 add something


The latter half of the 1990s was not so commercially successful, though the 1996 album "If We Fall in Love Tonight" managed to ship gold and hit No. 19 on the "Billboard" album chart, thanks in large part to an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" add something


The lead single "It Takes Two" with Tina Turner, was released in 1990 in advance of the album's release, and reached number five on the UK charts, but did not chart in the U.S. The followup songs from Vagabond Heart both reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991, with "Rhythm of My Heart" peaking at No. 5 and "The Motown Song" peakng at No. 10 add something


Rachel Hunter - At the age of 21, Hunter met rock star Rod Stewart, 24 years her senior, and they were married on 15 December 1990


In 1991 Stewart contributed guest lead vocals to the song "My Town" by the Canadian band Glass Tiger add something


The "Vagabond Heart" album released in 1991 continued his comeback add something


In 1993 Stewart recorded "All For Love" with Sting and Bryan Adams for the soundtrack to the movie "The Three Musketeers"; the single reached number one in the US and number two in the UK. Also in 1993, Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood to record an "MTV Unplugged" special that included "Handbags and Gladrags", "Cut Across Shorty", and four selections from "Every Picture Tells A Story" add something


Stewart has had the number one song on this chart three times previously, the last being in 1993 with "Have I Told You Lately", giving him the second-largest hiatus between number ones in the history of the chart add something


Bryan Adams - In 1993 he collaborated with Rod Stewart and Sting for the single "All for Love" written for the Motion Picture Soundtrack of the movie "Three Musketeers"


As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted a second time into the US Hall of Fame, as a member of Faces, in April 2012 add something


Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, presented by Jeff Beck add something


Jimmy Crespo - From 1994-1996, Crespo was part of Rod Stewart's live band as lead guitarist


In 1995, Brentford Deputy President Eric White was quoted as saying, "He trained with us for a week or two, and he may even have kicked a ball around with the juniors, but there is no record of Rod Stewart ever having signed to Brentford add something


In 1995, Stewart released "A Spanner in the Works" containing a single written by Tom Petty "Leave Virginia Alone", which reached the Top 10 of the adult contemporary charts add something


Eros Ramazzotti - In the summer of 1995, Ramazzotti participated in the European summer festival along with Rod Stewart, Elton_John and Joe Cocker


In 2000, Stewart decided to leave Warner Bros. and moved to Atlantic Records, another division of Warner Music Group add something


In May 2000, Stewart was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, for which he underwent surgery in the same month add something


In 2001, he released "Human", his only album for Atlantic add something


"Human" only just reached the Top 50 in 2001 with the single "I Can't Deny It" going Top 40 in the UK and Top 20 in the adult contemporary add something


By 2002, Stewart had sold over 100 million records during his career add something


A musical called "Tonight's The Night", featuring many of Stewart's songs opened, 7 November 2003 at London's Victoria Palace Theatre add something


Cher - Also in 2003, Cher recorded a duet of "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" for Rod Stewart's As Time Goes By..


Ben Elton - "Tonight's the Night", based on the songs of Rod Stewart, opened in November 2003


In 2004, Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood for concerts of Faces material add something


In a 2004 "Rolling Stone" interview, Stewart said he went three or four times a week and did play add something


Tina Barrett - In 2004, Barrett, along with singers Natasha Bedingfield and Atomic Kitten member Liz McClarnon, recorded a single, a cover of Do Ya Think I'm Sexy- by Rod Stewart


On 18 and 19 April 2006 Stewart was the guest artist and celebrity vocal coach on "American Idol", leading the remaining seven finalists in singing entries from the Great American Songbook add something


In November 2006, Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame add something


Ryan Molloy - In 2006 Molloy starred in the role of Stuart in the touring production of Ben Elton's Rod Stewart musical, "Tonight's The Night"


Rachel Hunter - She is best known for her appearance in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her marriage to singer Rod Stewart, which ended in 2006


In 2007, Rod's son Sean starred in the A&E television show "Sons of Hollywood", in which Rod's role as a parent is a major theme add something


In the 2007 article Stewart said that he would rather be in a model railroad magazine than a music magazine add something


In July 2007, Stewart collected his CBE for "services to music" at Buckingham Palace, commenting; "It's a marvellous occasion add something


On 1 July 2007, Rod Stewart performed "Sailing", "Baby Jane" and "Maggie May" at the memorial concert for Princess Diana at Wembley Stadium in London add something


Called the Three Rivers City, the layout was featured in the cover story of the December 2007 and December 2010 issues of "Model Railroader" Magazine add something


Ultimo (brand) - In April 2007, Rod Stewart claimed he felt insulted when Mone signed his daughter Kimberly Stewart as the face and body of Adore Moi for Debenhams


In 2008, "Billboard" magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists" add something


On 11 June 2008, Stewart announced that the Faces had discussed a reunion for at least one or two concerts add something


Macy Gray - In August 2008, Gray headlined at the 2008 Summer Sundae music festival in Leicester, England, performing cover versions of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy-", Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" and Radiohead's "Creep"


On 20 May 2009, Stewart performed "Maggie May" on the grand finale of "American Idol" season 8 add something


On 2 July 2009 Stewart performed his only UK date this year at Home Park, Plymouth add something


On 29 September 2009 a 4-CD, 65-track compilation entitled "Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998" was released; it is composed of previously-unreleased tracks and outtakes from the bulk of his career add something


On 17 October 2009, Stewart released the studio album "Soulbook" which was composed of covers of soul and Motown songs add something


On 14 November 2009, Stewart recorded a TV program in the UK for ITV that was screened on 5 December 2009 add something


Nokia Arena - The arena has hosted musical acts such as Teen Angels 2009-2010-2011, Scorpions, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Oasis, LMFAO, Cirque du Soleil, Philipp Kirkorov, Natalia Oreiro,


Suggs (singer) - He has been involved with Cancer Research UK and their 'Busking Cancer' campaign, for which he busked live with Rod Stewart on in May 2009


Susanna Hoffs - The duo released another album "Under the Covers, Vol. 2" on July 21, 2009, which included covers of songs by Fleetwood Mac, Carly Simon, Rod Stewart and others


Mick Hucknall - In October 2009, Mick appeared at a charity performance as vocalist for a re-formed version of Faces, replacing Rod Stewart


On 14 January 2010, Rhino records released Stewart's "Once in a Blue Moon" a "lost album" originally recorded in 1992, featuring ten cover songs including the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday", Dylan's "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar" and Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back", as well as Tom Waits' "Tom Traubert's Blues add something


In his 2012 autobiography, Stewart attributes all of this to a tale that took on its own life, partly and deliberately helped by statements he made in interviews, such as to talk show host Michael Parkinson add something


In his 2012 autobiography, Stewart said that was "just one of those legends, fables, and downright lies told in the name of publicity" and that the V-2 hit and his birth were separated by some weeks add something


On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Stewart had signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group add something


On 4 September 2012, it was announced that Stewart would be releasing his first Christmas album, titled "Merry Christmas, Baby", on the Verve Music Group label on 30 October 2012 add something


In October 2012, during an appearance on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and in several other interviews, Stewart confirmed that he has just finished working on his brand new original rock album, tentatively titled "Love the Life You Live", which is expected to be released in spring 2013 add something


In November 2012, Stewart performed "Auld Lang Syne" from his Christmas album and his hit "Sailing" at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II add something


The album will be supported by the Live The Life Tour, which was announced officially in December 2012 add something


On 10 December 2012, Stewart was a guest singer on Michael Buble's television "Home for the Holidays" Christmas special add something


Ella Fitzgerald - In 2012, Rod Stewart performed a "virtual duet" with Ella Fitzgerald on his Christmas album "Merry Christmas, Baby", and his television special of the same name


Holly Willoughby - In November 2012 Willoughby was a guest at Rod Stewart's Christmas performance where she interviewed him and other celebrity performers in Stirling Castle which was aired in mid December on ITV


In a 2013 radio interview with Shaun Keaveny, Stewart said of the notion that he was in the quartet, "No, no," echoed Keaveny in saying, "It's balls," and added, "As far as I know, we were never in a band together add something


In February 2013, Stewart was nominated for a Canadian Juno award in the International Album of the Year category for his album "Merry Christmas, Baby" add something


In May 2013, Stewart released "Time", a rock album of his own original material add something


In September 2013, Stewart presented his close friend Sir Elton John with the first Brits Icon award in a special show at the London Palladium, recognizing John's "lasting impact" on UK culture add something


Steve Winwood - In 2013 Winwood is touring North America with Rod Stewart as part of the "Live the Life" tour which continues until the autumn


Stewart's home is located in Epping, Essex, on part of the Copped Hall estate In a sidebar to the 2014 "Model Railroader" article, Stewart admitted that he was color-blind add something


On 23 June 2015, Stewart announced the release of a new studio album titled "Another Country" add something


It was made available for pre-order and is set to be released on 23 October 2015 add something


Lauren Hutton - She appeared in a campaign title "Do Something" by designer Alexander Wang, alongside Rod Stewart and Kate Moss in 2015, and was featured in Tod's "Timeless Icons" retrospective in 2016


Jim Cregan - Cregan joined Rod Stewart on stage at Radio 2 festival in a day in September 2015


Jim Cregan - On 13 September 2015, Cregan joined Rod Stewart on stage at the BBC Radio 2 'Live in Hyde Park London' Festival


Stewart recorded vocals with Joe Walsh on the upcoming Frankie Miller album "Frankie Miller's Double Take", which is due to be released on 30 September 2016 add something


Stewart was estimated to have a fortune of £170 million in the "Sunday Times Rich List" of 2017, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry add something


Stewart was estimated to have a fortune of £180 million in the "Sunday Times Rich List" of 2018, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry add something


On September 28, 2018, Stewart will release his 30th studio album, "Blood Red Roses", on Republic Records add something


Stewart duets with Bonnie Tyler on three tracks of her 2019 studio album , "Between the Earth and the Stars", including the title track add something