Rod Stewart struts his stuff in 1971.
Rod Stewart struts his stuff in 1971.

Famous birthdays this week: Rod Stewart

10/01/1945 - current (73 years old)

"Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house”.

1945: Sir Roderick David Stewart, CBE 'Rod the Mod' is a British rock singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. He is the youngest of five children of Robert Stewart and Elsie Gilbart.

1960: Stewart left school at age 15 and worked briefly as a silk screen printer. Spurred on by his father, his ambition was to become a professional footballer.

1961: Stewart worked in the family shop and as a newspaper delivery boy. He went to Denmark Street with The Raiders and got a singing audition with well-known record producer Joe Meek.

1962: He had his first serious relationship, with London art student Suzannah Boffey, moved to a bed-sit in Muswell Hill to be near her. She became pregnant, but neither Rod nor his family wanted him to enter marriage; the baby girl, Sarah Streeter was born is 1963 and given up for adoption. relationship ended.

1963: Stewart adopted the Mod lifestyle and look, and began fashioning the spiky rooster hairstyle that would become his trademark. Disillusioned by rock and roll, he saw Otis Redding perform in concert and began listening to Sam Cooke records; he became fascinated by rhythm and blues and soul music. He joined a rhythm and blues group, the Dimensions, in October of that yeat as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist.

1964-65: Stewart played some dates on his own and sometimes backed by the Southampton R & B outfit The Soul Agents. Stewart's "Rod the Mod” image gained wider visibility in November 1965, when he was the subject of a 30-minute Rediffusion, London television documentary titled "An Easter with Rod” that portrayed the Mod scene.

1967-69: Guitarist Jeff Beck recruited Stewart for his new post-Yardbirds venture and in February 1967, Stewart joined the Jeff Beck Group as vocalist and sometime songwriter. In August 1968, their first album Truth was released; by October it had risen to number 15 on the US albums chart but failed to chart in the UK. Mercury Records A&R man Lou Reizner had seen Stewart perform with Beck, and on 8 October 1968 signed him to a solo contract. An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down became Stewart's first solo album in 1969 (it was known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US).

1971: Stewart's 1971 solo album Every Picture Tells a Story made him a household name when the B-side of his minor hit "Reason to Believe”, "Maggie May”, (co-written with Martin Quittenton) started receiving radio play.

1974: Stewart released his Smiler album. In Britain, it reached number one, and the single "Farewell” number seven, but only number 13 on the Billboard pop album charts and the single "Mine for Me” only number 91 on the Billboard pop singles charts. It was his last original album for Mercury Records.

1975: He moved to Los Angeles and released the Atlantic Crossing album for his new record company, using producer Tom Dowd and a different sound based on the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

1976: Later this year, Stewart topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks and the Australian ARIA chart with the ballad "Tonight's the Night”, with an accompanying music video featuring actress Britt Ekland.

1977: Foot Loose & Fancy Free featured Stewart's own band, the original Rod Stewart Group that featured Carmine Appice, Phil Chen, Jim Cregan, Billy Peek, Gary Grainger and John Jarvis. It continued Stewart's run of chart success, reaching number two. "You're in my Heart” was the hit single, reaching number four in the US.

1978: "Hot Legs” achieved a lot of radio airplay as did the confessional "I Was Only Joking”. In appearance, Stewart's look had evolved to include a glam element, including make-up and spandex clothes. Stewart scored another UK number one and US number one single with "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?”, which was a crossover hit reaching number five on the Billboard black charts due to its disco sound.

1979: His first wife was Alana Hamilton and they were married until 1984. Kimberly Alana Stewart was born 21 August 1979 and Sean Roderick Stewart was born 1 September 1980.

1982-88: Stewart had four US Top 10 singles during this time.

1983: Started a relationship with Model Kelly Emberg and they had a daughter, Ruby Stewart, born 21 August 1987.

1990: He married his second wife Rachel Hunter, they separted in 1999 and later divorced in 2006. Renee Cecili Stewart was born 1 June 1992 and Liam McAlister Stewart was born 5 September 1994.

1991: Released in 1991, the Vagabond Heart album continued Stewart's renewal and inspiration.

1993: At the Brit Awards in London, Stewart picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Stewart brought back the Faces on stage for an impromptu reunion. In 1993, Stewart recorded "All For Love” with Sting and Bryan Adams for the soundtrack to the movie The Three Musketeers; the single reached number one in the US and number two in the UK.

1994: As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and again in 2012 as a member of Faces.

1995-1999: By the early 1990s, Stewart had mostly abandoned creating his own material, saying that he was not a natural songwriter and that the tepid response to his recent efforts was not rewarding. In 1995, Stewart released A Spanner in the Works containing a single written by Tom Petty, "Leave Virginia Alone”, which reached the Top 10 of the adult contemporary charts. The latter half of the 1990s was not as commercially successful though the 1996 album If We Fall in Love Tonight went gold and hit No. 19 on the Billboard album chart.

2000: In May of this year he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, for which he underwent surgery in the same month. It had been previously reported he suffered from a benign vocal cord nodule.

2002: By this time, Stewart had sold over 100 million records during his career.

2005: The release of the fourth songbook album, Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook 4; it included duets with Diana Ross and Elton John.

2006: Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

2007: Rod Stewart was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for services to music. He married his third wife Penny Lancaster-Stewart and they are still together. Alastair Wallace Stewart was born 27 November 2005 and Aiden Patrick Stewart was born 16 February 2011.

2008: Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists.

2009: Stewart performed "Maggie May” on the grand finale of American Idol season 8 and released the studio album Soulbook which was composed of covers of soul and Motown songs.

2011: Stewart performed with Stevie Nicks on their Heart & Soul Tour.

Rod Stewart during his Live to air Christmas Album promotion in 2012.
Rod Stewart during his Live to air Christmas Album promotion in 2012.

2012: In December of this year he was a guest singer on Michael Buble's television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.

2013: Stewart released Time, a rock album of his own original material. It marked a return to songwriting after what Stewart termed "a dark period of twenty years”; he said that writing his autobiography gave him the impetus to write music again.

2015: He announced the release of a new studio album titled Another Country.

2017: Stewart was estimated to have a fortune of £170 million in the Sunday Times Rich List, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry.

INTERESTING FACTS:

He is a model railway enthusiast and an auto collector. Stewart owns one of the 400 Ferrari Enzos.


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