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Rod Stewart is one of the most prominent rock/pop artists of the 70’s. Known for his signature raspy voice and spiky hair, the flamboyant singer has been entertaining fans since the 60s when he began his music career. As soon as the 70s came, Stewart dominated the decade with many hits.
Released In 1971 "Maggie May" was Stewart’s first hit single. The rock n Roll blues artist followed it up with other smash hits like "Tonight's the Night" and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
To this day, the London born artist continues to win fans over with his pop rock music and entertaining performances.
Get Rod Stewart tickets to witness his live performances as he continues to entertain fans with his own specific brand of pop rock.
Stewart belongs to a British working class family. Born on January 10, 1945, in Highgate London, Stewart was the captain of his school football team but music was his calling. At a very young age he learnt to play the guitar gifted to him by his father and realized that he enjoyed music. Before starting off with his music experiments, Stewart did odd jobs to make some extra money on the side.
It was in 1964 that the young Stewart caught the attention of Long John Baldry when he was busking outside Twickenham railway station. The nineteen year old impressed the Blues singer and he invited Stewart to be a part of his band, the Hoochie Coochie Men. Thus Stewart became a full time musician and went on to be part of many bands over the next few years. Stewart often gives credit for his success to this chance meeting with Long John Baldry that he believes changed his life for good.
Rod and Long John joined hands to form Steampacket and toured as the supporting act Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers, before they split up in 1966. Stewart joined the Shotgun Express, and later the Jeff Beck Group at the end of 1966 with whom the British singer witnessed his rise to stardom.
Rise to Stardom
The debut album of the Jeff Beck Group titled “Truth” was released in 1968 and became a hit in both the US and the UK. It landed at number 15 on the Billboard 200. Vocals by Rod Stewart, Beck’s guitar work and Ron Wood’s bass all found much appreciation among fans and critics
A year later Stewart and Ron Wood, who had become good friends, joined The Faces. The year also marked Stewart’s beginning as a solo artist. He released his first solo album in 1969. Stewart remained with The Faces as their lead singer till 1975 while pursuing his solo career at the same time.
The Seventies - The Lucky Years
The seventies brought a string of hits for Stewart. This decade gave Stewart international acclaim and earned him the title, songwriter of the 70s.
It all started with 1971. It proved to be a lucky year for Stewart as the year not only saw his first solo success but it also saw the release of the hit single "Stay With Me" with the Faces, which made it to the Top 40 in the U.S.
His first solo success came in the shape of Every Picture Tells a Story. It became a number one hit in America and Britain. Single "Maggie May" turned out to be a big hit for Stewart. The single was an inspiration from his real life affair with a more mature woman when he was in his teens.
Soon the success of Stewart’s solo career began to interfere with his working relationship with his band, The Faces. A disagreement on one of the tours resulted in Stewart calling it quits in 1975. The same year Stewart moved to the US and throughout the 70s his streak of hits continued.
Released in 1974, even though Smiler was a commercial success, it had its critics. In 1975 with the album Atlantic Crossing, Stewart switched genres when he moved from rock to pop music. This was the time he started to make news for his playboy image, wild lifestyle and his girlfriends. This image was also reflected in his cheeky lyrics. His albums Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) and Blondes Have More Fun (1978) were hits and did well commercially. Blondes Have More Fun featured the smash hit single “Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" which turned out to be Stewart's biggest career hit. This album was however received badly by the critics.
Stewart says, “People said I went astray with Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? and they're absolutely right. I jumped on a bandwagon, but everyone loves it. It's my novelty song. I try to give the audience what they want, and sod the critics.”
The 80s weren’t as successful as the 70s for Stewart but he continued with his music doing what he loved the most. He continued with a series of hit albums in the 2000s that also won him a Grammy.
Despite the criticism, this London born artist has continued with his touring, performing and writing for more than fifty years. And he’s still going strong.
Awards, Achievements and Recognition
Rod Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both for his solo career (1994) and as part of the band, The Faces (2006). He was ranked at number 59 by the Rolling Stones in their 100 Greatest Singers of all time list. Stewart was awarded with the 1993 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution. He also holds the honor of being a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music. This was awarded to him in 2007 and then in 2016 he received the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire at the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to music and philanthropy.
Rod Stewart Concert Tickets
The talented singer-songwriter has made a place for himself with his unique style. His fan following has grown with passing years and that is why his tours are always sold out events. Encouraged by the love he receives from his fans, the singer is always keen to hit the road and treat his fans to his brand of pop rock.
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