|History Of Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart was the youngest of five children born on January 10, 1945 to Robert and Elsie Stewart in North London, England. He was the first of his siblings to be born in England after his family moved from Scotland.
Stewart has had a varied career ranging from football to a grave digger. He tried for many football clubs and also worked as before deciding that it was music where his true calling laid; given the fact that he started playing guitar at the age of eleven. In the early 1960s, he joined folk singer Wizz Jones and travelled around Europe as a street singer. He has been deported from Spain for vagrancy because of his street singing.
In 1962, he helped found The Ray Davies Quartet, which on to become the successful British band The Kinks. It is believed that he was dropped from The Ray Davies Quartet after drummer John Start’s mother complained about his voice and the fact that he had musical and personality differences with the other band members. However, this has been denied by Ray and Dave Davies.
After his stint with The Ray Davies Quartet, Stewart joined Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions in 1964 as a vocalist and harmonica player. He had just one single with the band. Long John Baldry discovered Rod Stewart drunk and busking for his train fare and invited him to join The Hoochie Coochie Men, which went on to develop into Steampacket with Stewart, Baldry, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, Mickey Waller and Rick Brown. In 1965, Steampacket support the Rolling Stones and the Walker Brothers on their tour.
Steampacket broke up in 1966 and Stewart joined the Shotgun Express as lead vocalist with Beryl Marsden, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and Peter Bardens. They just released one single before breaking up. After this, Stewart joined Jeff Beck Group as a vocalist and their first album, Truth, was released in 1968 which became a hit in the UK and the US. Their second album, Beck-Ola, also was a hit but the group broke up by the end of 1969.
Stewart had his first solo album release in 1969 with An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, which is known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US. This set precedence for Rod Stewart’s solo career which became a mix of folk, rock and country blues. His best selling song was a disco hit in 1978 called Da Ya Think I’m Sexy which ended up damaging his credibility among his longtime fans and critics.
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