Rod Stewart Information
Rod Stewart has been crooning his soulful, romantic ballads long before his 1969 debut album An Old Raincoat Wonâ€™t Ever Let You Down. Born in 1945, the British singer-songwriter began honing his musical talent performing around his native London in venues popular with the up and coming beatnik scene before traveling to Paris and Barcelona with folk-singer Wizz Jones. Stewart would later join up with Jimmy Powell as part of his backing band The Five Dimensions playing harmonica and background vocals.
After â€œRod the Modâ€ garnered some attention playing with The Jeff Beck Group he was signed to a solo deal and released his debut album, called The Rod Stewart Album in the United States. The album, which was a mixture of covers and originals, reached moderate success stateside but was the jumping off point for the man who would become a perennial headliner in the world of rock.
His sophomore album, Every Picture Tells a Story, solidified him as a performer. The record had the classic hit â€œMaggie Mayâ€. The single and the record were simultaneously number one in the UK and US putting Stewart in the company of The Beatles, The Monkees, and Simon & Garfunkel as the only musicians to achieve this feat at that time.
Rod Stewart toured as a solo artist and as the lead guitar and vocalist for the English band Faces until their break up in 1975. Stewart himself has never stopped making music, accumulating four number one hits, four number one albums, as well as going platinum 21 times over in the United States alone. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.