Rod Stewart Biography

Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2007, he received a CBE for services to music.

With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963 he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist, then in 1964 he joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars. Later, in August 1964, he also signed a solo contract, releasing his first solo single, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", in October of the same year. He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album), in 1969. His early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. His aggressive blues work with The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces influenced heavy metal genres.

From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.

In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists". A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at No. 33 in Q Magazine's list of the top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and No. 59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. 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 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, as a member of the Faces.

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Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle perform at Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

The ceremony took place at Glasgow's Celtic Park

  • Jul 23, 2014

Rod Stewart: 'Ronnie Wood and I talk about a Faces reunion'

Singer also claims he is a better singer than Mick Jagger

  • Jul 2, 2013

Keith Richards and Rod Stewart to be best men at Ronnie Wood's wedding

Rolling Stones guitarist to have three best men at forthcoming wedding

  • Nov 5, 2012

Rod Stewart: 'I used to take cocaine anally'

The former Faces frontman also denies the urban myth about him 'pleasuring' sailors

  • Oct 25, 2012

Rod Stewart: 'I got tired of sex'

Lothario singer says The Faces were 'literally peeling girls' off each other

  • Oct 5, 2012

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Rod Stewart Reviews

Rod Stewart - 'Merry Christmas, Baby'

Rod Stewart - 'Merry Christmas, Baby'

The latest in an endless succession of I-could-not-give-a-shit-any-more covers albums

  • Dec 13, 2012

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