Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart


Official Rod Stewart PageOfficial Rod Stewart Page

Rod Stewart may have began his career as a respected singer, yet that respect eroded as he got older, as he became more concerned with stardom than music. While he has recorded some terrible albums � and he would admit that freely � Stewart was once rock & roll's best interpretive singer as well as an accomplished songwriter, creating a raw combination of folk, rock, blues, and country that sounded like no other folk-rock or country-rock. Instead of finding the folk in rock, he found how folk rocked like hell on its own. After Stewart became successful, he began to lose the rootsier elements of his music, yet he remained a superb singer, even as he abandoned his own artistic path in favor of following pop trends.

Stewart began his musical career after spending some time as an apprentice with the Brentford Football Club, touring Europe with folksinger Wizz Jones in the early '60s; during this time he was deported from Spain for vagrancy. When he returned to England in 1963, he joined the Birmingham-based R&B group Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions as a vocalist and harmonica player. The band toured the U.K. and recorded one single for Pye Records that featured Stewart on blues harp.

After moving back to London, he joined Long John Baldry's band, the Hoochie Coochie Men. The group recorded a single in 1964, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," that failed to chart, and soon afterward the group evolved into Steampacket. During the summer of 1965, the group supported the Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers on a U.K. tour as well as recorded an album that remained unreleased until 1970. Early in 1966, Steampacket disbanded and Stewart became a member of the blues-rock combo Shotgun Express, which released one single that fall before splitting. Stewart then joined the Jeff Beck Group at the end of 1966.

With the Jeff Beck Group, Stewart began his climb to stardom. He and the former Yardbird guitarist pioneered the heavy blues-rock team of a virtuoso guitarist and a dynamic, sexy lead vocalist that became the standard blueprint for heavy metal. Truth, the band's debut album, was released in the fall of 1968, becoming a hit in both America and Britain. The Jeff Beck Group toured both countries several times in 1968 and 1969, gaining a dedicated following. In the summer of 1969, they released their second album, Beck-Ola, which became another hit record in both the U.S. and U.K. However, the group fell apart in the fall.

After rejecting an offer to join the American rock group Cactus, Stewart and Jeff Beck Group bassist Ron Wood joined the Small Faces, replacing the departed vocalist/guitarist Steve Marriott. With Wood switching over to guitar, the group shortened their name to the Faces and recorded their debut album, First Step. During this time, Stewart had also signed a solo contract, releasing his first album, An Old Raincoat Won't Let You Down (retitled The Rod Stewart Album for its American release), at the end of 1969; the record failed to chart in the U.K., yet it made it to number 139 on the U.S. charts. On the album, Stewart's folk roots meshed with his R&B and rock influences, creating a distinctive, stripped-down acoustic-based rock & roll that signalled he was a creative force in his own right.

The Faces released First Step in the spring of 1970. The album was a departure both from the R&B/pop direction of the Small Faces and the heavy blues of the Jeff Beck Group; instead, the group became a boisterous, boozy, and sloppy Stones-inspired rock & roll band. The album fared better in the U.K. than it did in the U.S., yet the group built a devoted following on both continents with their reckless, messy live shows. Stewart released his second solo album, Gasoline Alley, in the fall of 1970, supporting it with an American tour.

The following year proved to be pivotal in Stewart's career. At the beginning of 1971, the Faces released their second album, Long Player, which became a bigger hit than First Step, yet his third solo album, Every Picture Tells a Story, made Rod Stewart a household name, reaching number one in both America and Britain. "Reason to Believe" was the first single from the album, becoming a minor hit in both the countries, but when DJs began playing the B-side, "Maggie May," the single became a number one hit in both the U.K. and U.S. for five weeks in September. The Faces released their third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse, a couple of months later. Thanks to the success of Every Picture Tells a Story, the album was a Top Ten hit in both countries; it also launched the single "Stay with Me," which became the band's only Top 40 hit in the U.S.

The following year, the Faces began a lengthy spring tour. During the tour, tensions grew within the band as Stewart's solo career increased in popularity. That summer, Stewart released his fourth solo album, Never a Dull Moment, which nearly replicated the success of Every Picture Tells a Story, peaking at number two in the U.S. and number one in the U.K. In the spring of 1973, the Faces released their final album, Ooh La La. Stewart expressed his disdain for the record in the press, yet it hit number one in the U.K. and number 21 in the U.S. After releasing the "Pool Hall Richard" single in the beginning of 1974, the band went on tour; it would prove to be their last.

Stewart released Smiler in the fall of 1975. Smiler followed the same formula as his previous four albums � and it also became a hit � yet it showed signs that the formula was wearing thin. In March of 1975, he began a love affair with Swedish actress Britt Ekland; the romance, along with a bitter fight with U.K. tax collectors, prompted him to apply for U.S. citizenship. Atlantic Crossing, released in the summer of 1975, made the singer's relocation explicit. Recorded with producer Tom Dowd and the Muscle Shoals rhythm section, the album removed much of the singer's folk roots and accentuated his pop appeal. At the end of the year, Stewart left the Faces and the band finally called it quits.

Recorded in Los Angeles with a group of studio musicians, 1976's A Night on the Town continued Stewart's move to slicker pop territory and proved quite successful, becoming his first platinum album; it featured the hit single "Tonight's the Night," which was number one in the U.S. for eight weeks. Foot Loose & Fancy Free, released the following year, followed the same artistic pattern as A Night on the Town while surpassing its commercial performance, selling over three million copies. Stewart incorporated some disco to his musical formula for 1978's Blondes Have More Fun. Supported by the number one single "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?," the record became Stewart's first number one album since Every Picture Tells a Story, selling over four million records. By this time, Stewart was notorious for his jet-set lifestyle, particularly the series of actresses and models he dated.

With 1981's Tonight I'm Yours, Stewart began adding elements of new wave and synth pop to his formula, resulting in another platinum album. Soon afterward, his career hit a slump. His next four albums sounded forced and he only scored three Top Ten hits between 1982 and 1988; out of those four albums, only 1983's Camouflage went gold. Stewart rebounded with 1988's Out of Order, recorded with Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and Chic's Bernard Edwards. His version of Tom Waits' "Downtown Train," taken from the 1989 four-disc box set Storyteller, became his biggest hit since "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Vagabond Heart (1991) reflected a more mature and reflective Rod Stewart and continued his comeback streak.

Stewart reunited with Ron Wood to record an MTV Unplugged concert in 1993; the accompanying album, Unplugged...and Seated, launched the Top Ten hit single "Have I Told You Lately." Unplugged also returned Stewart to a more acoustic-based sound. On his 1995 album A Spanner in the Works, the singer explored a more polished version of this sound, scoring another hit with Tom Petty's "Leave Virginia Alone." The following year, he released If We Fall in Love Tonight, which was comprised of both previously released and new material. When We Were the New Boys, a return to his roots in trad rock, followed in 1998.

In 2001, Stewart embarked on a new path with Human, an album that attempted to cross over to contemporary and urban audiences, but it failed with the critical and commercial public alike. His next project may have sounded equally unlikely, but it was much more successful. It Had to Be You, the first in his series crooning the Great American Songbook, became an adult contemporary favorite and lodged near the top of the album charts after its release in 2002. As Time Goes By followed it into the charts in 2003 and missed the top spot by only one notch. In late 2004, his third volume in the series (Stardust) hit number one. Thanks for the Memory became the fourth entry in the series in 2005. By the year's end, all four volumes were collected in The Great American Songbook Box Set.

In 2006 he continued his series of cover albums, but this time he focused on the rock & roll era. Still the Same: Great Rock Classics of Our Time appeared toward the end of the year, with a version of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" as its lead single.

----- Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the All Music Guide


Do You Think I'm Sexy?


1969 The Rod Stewart Album
1970 Gasoline Alley
1971 Every Picture Tells a Story
1972 Never A Dull Moment
1973 Overtures And Beginnings (Live)
1974 Smiler
1975 Atlantic Crossing
1976 A Night On The Town
1977 Foot Loose & Fancy Free
1978 Blondes Have More Fun
1980 Foolish Behavior
1981 Tonight I�m Yours
1982 Absolutely Live
1983 Body Wishes
1984 Camouflage
1986 Every Beat Of My Heart
1988 Out Of Order
1991 Vagabond Heart
1992 Unplugged . . . And Seated (Live)
1995 Spanner In The Works
1998 When We Were The New Boys
2001 Human
2002 It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook
2003 As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Vol. 2
2004 Stardust: The Great American Songbook Vol.3
2005 The Day Will Come
2006 Thanks For The Memory: The Great American Songbook Vol.4
2007 Still The Same: Great Rock Classics Of Our Time


1969 The Rod Stewart Album

1. Street Fighting Man
2. Man of Constant Sorrow
3. Blind Prayer
4. Handbags & Gladrags
5. An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down
6. I Wouldn't Ever Change a Thing
7. Cindy's Lament
8. Dirty Old Town

1970 Gasoline Alley

1. Gasoline Alley
2. It's All Over Now
3. Only a Hobo
4. My Way of Giving
5. Country Comfort
6. Cut Across Shorty
7. Lady Day
8. Jo's Lament
9. You're My Girl (I Don't Want to Discuss It)

1971 Every Picture Tells a Story

1. Every Picture Tells a Story
2. Seems Like a Long Time
3. That's All Right
4. Tomorrow Is a Long Time
5. Maggie May
6. Mandolin Wind
7. (I Know) I'm Losing You
8. Reason to Believe


1972 Never A Dull Moment

1. True Blue
2. Lost Paraguayos
3. Mama, You Been on My Mind
4. Italian Girls
5. Angel
6. Interludings
7. You Wear It Well
8. I'd Rather Go Blind
9. Twistin' the Night Away

1973 Overtures And Beginnings (Live)

1974 Smiler

1. Sweet Little Rock 'N' Roller
2. Lochinvar
3. Farewell
4. Sailor
5. Bring It on Home to Me/You Send Me
6. Let Me Be Your Car
7. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man
8. Dixie Toot
9. Hard Road
10. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face [instrumental]
11. Girl from the North Country
12. Mine for Me

1975 Atlantic Crossing

1. Three Time Loser
2. Alright for an Hour
3. All in the Name of Rock 'n' Roll
4. Drift Away
5. Stone Cold Sober
6. I Don't Want to Talk About It
7. It's Not the Spotlight
8. This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)
9. Still Love You
10. Sailing


1976 A Night On The Town

1. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)
2. The First Cut Is the Deepest
3. Fool for You
4. The Killing of Georgie, Pts. 1 & 2
5. The Balltrap
6. Pretty Flamingo
7. Big Bayou
8. The Wild Side of Life
9. Trade Winds

1977 Foot Loose & Fancy Free

1. Hot Legs
2. You're Insane
3. You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)
4. Born Loose
5. You Keep Me Hangin' On
6. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right
7. You Got a Nerve
8. I Was Only Joking

1978 Blondes Have More Fun

1. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
2. Dirty Weekend
3. Ain't Love a Bitch
4. The Best Days of My Life
5. Is That the Thanks I Get?
6. Attractive Female Wanted
7. Blondes (Have More Fun)
8. Last Summer
9. Standin' in the Shadows of Love
10. Scarred and Scared

1980 Foolish Behavior

1. Better Off Dead
2. Passion
3. Foolish Behavior
4. So Soon We Change
5. Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight
6. Gi' Me Wings
7. My Girl
8. She Won't Dance With Me
9. Somebody Special
10. Say It Ain't True

1981 Tonight I'm Yours

01. Tonight I'm Yours(don't hurt me)
02. How Long
03. Tora, Tora, Tora(out with the boys)
04. Tear It Up
05. Only A Boy
06. Just Like a woman
07. Jealous
08. Sonny
09. Young Turks
10. Never Give Up On A Dream


1982 Absolutely Live

01. The Stripper
02. Tonight I'm Yours
03. Sweet Little Rock & Roller
04. Hot Legs
05. Tonight's The Night(gonna be alright)
06. Passion
07. She Won't Dance With Me/Little Queenie
08. You're In My Heart(the final acclaim))
09. Rock My Plimsoul
10. Young Turks
11. Gasoline Alley
12. Maggie May
13. Tear It Up
14. Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
15. Sailing
16. I don't Want To Talk About It
17. Stay With Me

1983 Body Wishes

01. Dancing Alone
02. Baby Jane
03. Move Me
04. Body Wishes
05. Sweet Surrender
06. What Am I Gonna Do
07. Ghetto Blaster
08. Ready Now
09. Strangers Again
10. Satisfied

1984 Camouflage

01. Infatuation
02. All Right Now
03. Some Guys Have All The Luck
04. Can We Still Be Friends
05. Bad For You
06. Heart Is On The Line
07. Camouflage
08. Trouble

1986 Every Beat Of My Heart

01. Here To Eternity
02. Another Heartache
03. A Night Like This
04. Who's Gonna Take Me Home
05. Red Hot In Black
06. Love Touch(theme from Legal Eagles)
07. In My Own Crazy way
08. Every Beat Of My Heart
09. Ten Days Of Rain
10. In My Life


1988 Out Of Order

01. Lost In You
02. The Wild Horse
03. Lethal Dose Of Love
04. Forever Young
05. My Heart Can't Tell You No
06. Dynamite
07. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out
08. Crazy About Her
09. Try A Little Tenderness
10. When I was Your Man
11. Almost Illegal

1991 Vagabond Heart

01. Rhythm Of The Heart
02. Rebel Heart
03. Broken arrow
04. It Takes Two
05. When A Man's In Love
06. You Are Everything
07. The Motown Song
08. Go Out Dancing
09. No Holding Back
10. Have I Told You Lately
11. Moment Of Glory
12. If Only

1992 Unplugged . . . And Seated (Live)

01. Hot Legs
02. Tonight's The Night
03. Handbags And Gladrags
04. Cut Across Shorty
05. Every Picture Tells A Story
06. Maggie May
07. Reason To Believe
08. People Get Ready
09. Have I Told You Lately
10. Tom Traubert's Blues(waltzing matilda)
11. The First Cut Is The Deepest
12. Mandolin Wind
13. Highgate Shuffle
14. Stay With Me
15. Having A Party

1995 Spanner In The Works

01. Windy Town
02. The Downtown Lights
03. Leave Virginia Alone
04. Sweetheart Like You
05. This
06. Lady Luck
07. You're The Star
08. Muddy, Sam And Otis
09. Hang On St. Christopher
10. Delicious
11. Soothe Me
12. Purple Heather


1998 When We Were The New Boys

01. Cigarettes And Alcohol
02. Ooh La La
03. Rocks
04. Superstar
05. Secret Heart
06. Hotel Chambermaid
07. Shelly My Love
08. When We Were The New Boys
09. Weak
10. What Do You Want Me To Do

2001 Human

01. Human
02. Smitten
03. Don't Come Around Here
04. Soul On Soul
05. Loveless
06. If I Had You
07. Charlie Parker Loves Me
08. It Was Love That We Needed
09. To Be With You
10. Run Back Into Your Arms
11. I Can't Deny It

2002 It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook

01. You Go To My Head
02. You Can't Take That Away From Me
03. The Way You Look Tonight
04. It Had To Be You
05. That Old Feeling
06. These Foolish Things
07. The Very Thought Of You
08. Moonglow
09. I'll Be Seeing You
10. Every Time We Say Goodbye
11. The Nearness Of You
12. For All We Know
13. We'll Be Together Again
14. That's All

2003 As Time Goes By: The Great American Songbook Vol. 2

01. Time After Time
02. I'm In The Mood For Love
03. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
04. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
05. Till There Was You
06. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
07. Where Or when
08. Smile
09. My Heart Stood Still
10. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. As Time Goes By
12. I Only Have Eyes For You
13. Crazy She Calls Me
14. Love Is Here To Stay


2004 Stardust: The Great American Songbook Vol.3

01. Embraceable You
02. For Sentimental Reasons
03. Blue Moon
04. What A wonderful World
05. Stardust
06. Manhattan
07. 'S Wonderful
08. Isn't It Romantic
09. I can't Get Started
10. But Not For Me
11. A Kiss To Build A Dream On
12. Baby, It's Cold Outside
13. Night And Day
14. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

2005 The Day Will Come

01. I Just Got Some
02. Bright Lights, Big City
03. Ain't That Loving You Baby
04. Mopper's Blues
05. Why Does It Go On
06. Shake
07. The Day Will Come
08. Little Miss Understood
09. Come Home Baby
10. Sparky Rides
11. Can I Get A Witness
12. Baby Take Me
13. keep Your Hands Off Her
14. Don't You Tell Nobody
15. Just Like I treat You

2006 Thanks For The Memory: The Great American Songbook Vol.4

01. I've Got a Crush On You
02. I Wish You Love
03. You Send Me
04. Long Ago And Far Away
05. Makin' Whoopee
06. My One And Only Love
07. Taking A Chance On Love
08. My Funny Valentine
09. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
10. Nevertheless
11. Blue Skies
12. Let's Fall In Love
13. Thanks For the Memory

2007 Still The Same: Great Rock Classics Of Our Time

01. Have You Seen The Rain
02. Fooled Around And Fell In Love
03. I'll Stand By You
04. Still The Same
05. It's A Heartache
06. Day After Day
07. Missing You
08. Father & Son
09. The Best Of My Love
10. If Not For You
11. Love Hurts
12. Everything I Own
13. Crazy Love



graphics by YSM