Rod Stewart is a man who leads a varied life. Whether it’s songwriting, singing, playing soccer or model railroading, he’s always doing something. His accomplishments in the music business are legendary. Today he continues to perform and thrill his legions of fans worldwide.
In his career, Rod Stewart achieved approximately 250 million album and single sales. He began his music career in the middle of the 1960s. His name and talents gained attention on the British music scene in 1968. This was due to his membership in the Jeff Beck Group.
After leaving Jeff Beck, he joined the group The Faces. During his time with this group, he recorded his first solo album. This was 1969’s “The Rod Stewart Album.” He subsequently released his second solo album “Gasoline Alley” in 1970.
The year 1971 proved to be a breakout year for Rod Stewart. He released his third solo album entitled “Every Picture Tells a Story.” The song “Maggie May” from this album began to receive airplay. The reception to this song was phenomenal. “Maggie May” went number one in the U.S and the U.K. at the same time.
Another popular song off “Every Picture Tells a Story” was entitled “You Wear It Well.” The album displayed the singer-songwriter’s talents in performing folk, R&B and blues flavored tunes. In 1972, Rod Stewart released another solo album called “Never a Dull Moment.”
It was apparent that his music career was moving in high gear. By the mid-70s he was on his way as a true solo artist, having left The Faces. He hasn’t stopped since. In subsequent years, smash hits followed such as “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright),” which hit number one. His top of the charts 1978 album “Blondes Have More Fun” contained two top 10 hits. These were “You’re In My Heart” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy.”
Over his 40 plus year career Rod Stewart has garnered multiplatinum albums and top of the chart singles. The 80s and 90s saw him release hits such as “Infatuation,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Have I Told You Lately” and “Forever Young.” In 1994, he received induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On October 11, 2005 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
With the new millennium, Rod Stewart embarked on an ambitious new project. From 2002 through 2005, he released four volumes of the Great American Songbook. These releases are his recorded versions of classic crooning tunes from the 1930s and 1940s.
Proving immensely popular, this song series showed a completely new side of the singer’s talents. This series has the honor of being the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history. The 2004 release from the series, “Stardust: The Great American Songbook 3” reached number one on the charts. It also garnered a Grammy for the singer.
In 2006, Rod Stewart returned to his roots somewhat. Featuring his unique raspy, bluesy voice, he released “Still The Same: Great Rock Classics of Our Time.” On this CD, he gives his renditions of classic rock and roll numbers form the late 60s and early 70s. In his career, he has 62 hit singles, of which 24 made it into the top 10.
A varied life often means other interests, and Rod Stewart is no different in this respect. He is an avid soccer fan. He has even played in a senior soccer league in Palos Verdes, California. He is a supporter of Celtic F.C. and the Scottish National Team. In addition he follows Manchester United on the English front.
He is also a model railway enthusiast. His large railway layout in his California home received media coverage. This was in the December 2007 issue of “Model Railroader Magazine.” This is an example of a man whose interests cover a broad spectrum in life.
The youngest of five children, Rod Stewart’s place of birth was London, England. The birth of his two brothers and two sisters was in Scotland. His ancestry is both Scottish and English.
Of course, a varied life extends to personal relationships when it comes to Rod Stewart. He had a relationship with Britt Ekland in the 70s. His first marriage was to Alana Hamilton. His second marriage was to model Rachel Hunter. On June 16, 2007, he married Penny Lancaster on a yacht in Italy. They have a boy, Alastair Wallace Stewart.
Rod Stewart, singer, songwriter, lover of music, soccer, trains and women continues his ride. He will perform in Tenerife, Canary Islands on May 16, 2009. The venue will be the Golf Costa Adeje, a gorgeous setting for the man and his tunes. There’s never a dull moment when Rod Stewart is in town.