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					He was born Roderick Stewart in London, England, in 1945. His first
musical influences, while growing up, were Al Jolson, Little Richard and
Bill Haley. Rod got his first guitar in 1959 and by 1960 he had joined a
skiffle band called The Kool Kats.Rod dropped out of school at the age of
fifteen and, despite his father's desire for Rod to play football, Rod's
desire for a musical career outweighed his father's ambitions for him to
be a sports legend. While trying to get his musical career off the
ground, Rod worked as a newspaper delivery boy, fence erector and a grave
digger.Rod worked as a folksinger, in Europe, in the early 1960's by
playing and singing in numerous bands, including lead singer, in 1962, of
The Ray Davies Quartet, later known as The Kinks. When Rod returned to
London, he became heavily influenced by the R&B sounds of Otis Redding
and Sam Cooke.Rod was discovered by Long John Baldry (who also discovered
Elton John). Baldry hooked Rod up with The Hoochie Coochie Men and later
he was with Steampacket and then Shotgun Express.In 1967, Rod joined The
Jeff Beck group, where he stayed until 1969, when he and Ron Wood joined
the group Faces. That collaboration remained until 1975. During that time
Rod signed a solo recording contract with Mercury Records, where he had
his first Top 40 hit with "Maggie May" in 1971.On the charts, Rod has had
34 Billboard Top 40 hits. Four of those went to number one. Here's a look
at Rod Stewart's twenty biggest hits, according to Billboard's Weekly Top
40 charts.1. Tonight's The Night (Gonna Be Alright) - 1976 - after not
having a top 40 hit in 4 years, Rod returned with the biggest record of
1976, taking it to the top of the charts for eight weeks.2. Maggie May -
1971 - Rod's first top 40 hit was also his first #1 hit and was
originally released as the B side to "Reason To Believe."3. Do Ya Think
I'm Sexy? - 1979 - Rod was criticized for releasing this disco-oriented
single and abandoning his R&B roots. His defense was that other rock
artists were releasing similar material, including Paul McCartney and The
Rolling Stones.4. All For Love - 1993 - from the 1993 film "The Three
Musketeers", Rod shares the spotlight on this single with Bryan Adams and
Sting.5. Downtown Train - 1990 - Originally recorded by Tom Waits in
1985, Rod's cover version includes guitar work by Jeff Beck.6. You're In
My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - 1978 - from the "Footloose And Fancy Free"
album, the single includes the lyrics "Celtic, United" which are the
names of two of Rod's favorite football teams (Glasgow Celtic and
Manchester United.)7. My Heart Can't Tell You No - 1989 - from the "Out
Of Order" album.8. Passion - 1981 - from the "Foolish Behaviour" album.9.
Young Turks - 1981 - also known as "Young Hearts" the video of this song
is the first one shown on MTV displaying breakdancing.10. Rhythm Of My
Heart - 1991 - from the "Vagabond Heart" album, "Buggles lead singer,
Trevor Horn, produced this single for Rod.11. Have I Told You Lately -
1993 - written and originally recorded by Van Morrison in 1989 and
winning him a Grammy, Rod's live version came from his "Unplugged...And
Seated" album.12. Infatuation - 1984 - from his "Camouflage" album and
going to #6 on the weekly charts.13. Love Touch - 1986 - from the film
"Legal Eagles" starring Robert Redford, Debra Winger and Darryl Hannah,
this single was featured on Rod's "Every Beat Of My Heart" album.14. The
Motown Song - 1991 - also from the "Vagabond Heart" album, this single
features backing vocals by The Temptations.15. Some Guys Have All The
Luck - 1984 - originally recorded by The Persuaders in 1973, a country
version was recorded by Louise Mandrell in 1985 called, "Some Girls Have
All The Luck."16. This Old Heart Of Mine - 1990 - originally recorded by
The Isely Brothers in 1966, Rod first charted in 1976 with this single
and then rerecorded it with Ron Isely in 1990.17. Crazy About Her - 1989
- from the "Out Of Order" album.18. Forever Young - 1988 - a rewrite of a
Bob Dylan song of the same title, Rod shares writing credits with Dylan,
after fearing a plagiarism suit. Another version of this song is being
used as the opening theme to the NBC TV series, "Parenthood."19. Lost In
You - 1988 - also from the "Out Of Order" album.20. You Wear It Well -
1972 - from the "Never A Dull Moment" album.In 2002, Rod released an
album of old standards called, "The Great American Songbook." As of 2010,
Rod has released five "Great American Songbook" albums garnering him 13
Top 30 singles on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts.Rod has been
married three times; first, to actor George Hamilton's ex-wife, Alana,
from 1979-1984. In 1990, he married model Rachel Hunter and they divorced
in 2006. He is currently married to model Penny Lancaster and is the
father of seven children with the eighth due early in 2011.In 1989, Rod
Stewart won Grammy's Living Legends Award. He still enjoys performing and
recording. He plays in a senior soccer league and is a model railway
enthusiast.

				
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