Rod Stewart

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Legal name: Roderick David Stewart


Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (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 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 at Buckingham Palace 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 "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top 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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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down 3
1970 Gasoline Alley 8
1971 Every Picture Tells a Story 5 13
1972 Never a Dull Moment 7
1974 Smiler 3
1975 Atlantic Crossing 10
1976 A Night on the Town 6
1977 Foot Loose & Fancy Free 4 6
1978 Blondes Have More Fun 6
1980 Foolish Behaviour 2
1981 Tonight I'm Yours 3
1983 Body Wishes 4
1984 Camouflage 2
1986 Every Beat of My Heart 3
1986 Rod Stewart 2
1988 Out of Order 3
1990 Baby Come Home 1
1991 Vagabond Heart 4
1995 A Spanner in the Works 2
1998 When We Were the New Boys 2
2001 Human 2
2002 It Had to Be You... The Great American Songbook 3
2003 As Time Goes by... The Great American Songbook, Volume II 4
2004 Stardust... The Great American Songbook, Volume III 3
2005 Thanks for the Memory... The Great American Songbook, Volume IV 3 3
2005 Trilogy 1
2006 Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time 2
2008 The Mod 2 1
2009 Soulbook 3
2010 Fly Me to the Moon... The Great American Songbook, Volume V 3
2012 Merry Christmas, Baby 3 4
2013 Time 5
2013 Rarities 5 1
2015 Another Country 5
Two in One 1969+1970 (An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down / Gasoline Alley) 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1973 Sing It Again Rod 4
1976 The Best of Rod Stewart 2
1979 Greatest Hits 6
1982 Absolutely Live 1
1989 Storyteller 3
1989 Bring It On Home 1
1989 Storyteller: The Complete Anthology 1
1989 The Ballad Album 3
1989 The Best of Rod Stewart 4
1990 Downtown Train 2
1990 The Original Recordings 1965-1968 1
1992 The Mercury Anthology 1
1992 Stay With Me 1
1992 The Best of Rod Stewart 1
1993 Lead Vocalist 1

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