Rod Stewart (b. January 10, 1945) is a highly acclaimed British rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer with trademark powerful, raspy vocals who first became famous worldwide beginning in the early 1970s. Over the years, he has made his mark in many diverse genres spanning pop, rock, folk rock, blue-eyed soul, blues rock, soft rock, disco, new wave, and, more recently, traditional pop. The London-born pop/rock icon began in the early 1960s as a member of a local R&B group known as The Dimensions (later Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions), serving as both a vocalist and harmonica player. In 1964, he joined Long John Baldry & The All Stars and, while still with Baldry, signed a solo contract and released his first single, a cover of the blues standard, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." His fame began to take off in 1967 when he joined The Jeff Beck Group before becoming the lead singer of Faces in 1969, where he remained through the group's breakup in 1975. Stewart released his debut solo album in 1969, "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down" (released in the U.S. as "The Rod Stewart Album").
Stewart debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1970 with his impassioned blues rock/honky-tonk rendition of the Bobby Womack/Shirley Womack-penned "It's All Over Now," from his critically-acclaimed second album, "Gasoline Alley." His international fame took off the following year with the chart-topping "Maggie May," a wryly ambivalent love song about a teenage boy seduced by an older woman. This Stewart/Martin Quittenton-penned smash, which features a mandolin solo, is from the platinum-certified "Every Picture Tells A Story" which also includes two other 1971 hits, "Reason To Believe" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" (credited to Rod Stewart With Faces). Stewart topped the Pop/Rock charts again with "Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (1976), "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (1978), and "All For Love" (1993, with Brian Adams and Sting). He also topped the Adult Contemporary charts with "Downtown Train" (1989), "This Old Heart Of Mine" (1990), and "Have I Told You Lately" (1993). Stewart's long string of hits, which has continued through the present on both the Adult Contemporary and U.K. charts, also includes "Handbags And Gladrags" (1972), "You Wear It Well" (1972), "Angel" (1972), his cover of the Cat Stevens-penned "The First Cut Is The Deepest" (1977), "You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)" (1977), "Passion" (1980), "Young Turks" (1981), "Infatuation" (1984), "Some Guys Have All The Luck" (1984), "Love Touch" (1986), "My Heart Can't Tell You No" (1988), "Rhythm Of My Heart" (1991), and "The Motown Song" (1991, with The Temptations).
In 2016, Sir Roderick David Stewart, CBE received his nation's highest honor when he was knighted for services to music and charity. He is one of very few performing artists to be inducted twice into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, first as a solo artist in 1994, and later as a member of Faces in 2012. Stewart's numerous honors and accolades also include the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music (1993), a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2005), the ASCAP Founders Award (2011), and being inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame (2006). His 2005 album, "Stardust... The Great American Songbook Volume III," was awarded a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. With his many gold- and platinum-certified singles and albums, he is one of the top selling performing artists of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide.
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Rod Stewart With Faces
- (I Know) I'm Losing You 1971
(This song was previously a hit for the Temptations (1966) and Rare Earth (1970) and later also became a hit for Uptown (1987).)
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