Rod Stewart is one of the most successful English rock stars in his generation. He was born outside London in 1945 by Scottish father and English mother. His full name is Roderick David Stewart and when he was young, he used to play football. He was a fan of singer Al Jolson and he obtained his first guitar in 1959. He left school at the age of fifteen and later he tried to follow a football career.
Stewart started to listen to various genres, like R&B and soul, while during his huge career, he joined several music groups, but only with two of them managed to gain success. The first was “The Jeff Beck Group” which was formed in 1967, releasing two successful albums, while the second was “Faces”, where he stayed until their dissolve in 1975. This group recorded four albums, with the two latest being their more successful.
Stewart’s first album as a solo artist was “An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down” in November of 1969 and it was followed by the cover album “Gasoline Alley” and “Every Picture Tells a Story”. The latest was his first big success, topping at the UK and USA charts. The album is a combination of cover songs and new releases and is characterized by its various sound styles, with rock, folk, blues and country elements. Among its hits are “Mandolin Wind”, “Maggie May” (no. 1 on the charts), one of Stewart’s most famous songs, the cover Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and other.
His fourth album, named “Never a Dull Moment” came out in 1972. It also entered at the top of UK charts, as well as the hit “You Wear It Well". It was followed by “Smiler” almost two years later, which contained covers of great artists like Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and collaborations with Elton John, Paul McCartney and more. Stewart recorded another four successful albums in 70’s, including many hits, like the cover of The Sutherland brothers’ “Sailing” which is his most-selling single in the UK, “Tonight’s the Night” (no. 1 in the US Billboard Hot 100) and “You’re in My Heart”, along with many high rated covers.
Although the album “Blondes Have More Fun” was a turn in Stewart’s music career, since he followed the disco wave, it topped the album chart in the USA (no. 3 in the UK) and included the no. 1 hit “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” which became worldwide popular. He continued experimenting with other music genres, such as new wave, pop rock, soft rock, traditional pop, soul and jazz. His Huge discography includes 30 studio albums and over 20 compilation albums.
Rod Stewart has received various music awards, including a Grammy for the album “Stardust: The Great American Songbook, Volume III” in 2005, while he has entered two times into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” (one with Faces), he has received the first “Diamond Award” for having more than 100 million music copies sold in 2001 and a “Legend Award” from the World Music Awards. He has also taken part in the highest attended free rock concert in history (almost 3.5 million people) which took place in Copacabana beach in Rio, Brazil and entered at the “Guinness Book of World Records”.