Rod Stewart

Born 10 January 1945.
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Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English and Scottish 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 includes 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.

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  1. Review of Merry Christmas, Baby

    Merry Christmas, Baby 2012

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Rod’s first festive collection finds the crooner on fine fireside form.
  2. Review of Soulbook

    Soulbook 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    It’s a dream come true for Rod, but what about for everyone else?
  3. Review of It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook

    It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook 2007

    Reviewed by Mick Fitzsimmons
    Rod croons: standards from the pens of Cole Porter, Gershwin and Hoagy Carmichael.
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