|Known for his classic rock sounds, gravelly voice and enticing lyrics, Rod Stewart has become one of the most successful musical artists of all time. Throughout a career that has spanned more than five decades, Stewart has delighted fans time and time again with a battery of rock hits including such titles as “Maggie May,” “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” “(I Know) I’m Losing You,“ “Every Picture Tells a Story” and more. In addition to his work as a solo artist, Stewart has been a primary member of numerous successful bands, most notably The Faces. He regularly sells out large venues and amphitheaters across the U.S. and Europe. Purchase your Rod Stewart tickets today to take in this rock wonder in the flesh!
Roderick David Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in the northern area of London and was raised there for his childhood and adolescence. He was born into an upper middle class family and was the youngest of several children. Stewart began playing music when he was 14 years old, after his father purchased him a guitar as a gift. From that point on he began playing music in his spare time, but still was dedicating much of his energy to playing soccer and spending time with friends. Ultimately he bounced around several jobs and areas of Europe before joining his first official band, Jimmy Powell & The Five Dimensions. While he would experience some small, local success with this group, Stewart’s true breakout came as a solo artist in the years that followed.
Breakout and rise to fame
In 1964, Stewart was noticed by record executives while performing a solo set. After being approached, he signed his first recording contract with Decca Records in September of that year. While he would continue to work with several bands throughout the years that followed, this marked the genesis of his solo work. Stewart released his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, in 1969. The album attracted some attention in London, but was considerably outdone by Stewart&rsqou;s second record, Gasoline Alley, the following year. As he began to gain more and more attention, he was also working on his third release, Every Picture Tells a Story. That album, released in 1971, solidified Stewart as a rock 'n' roll immortal. The record peaked in the No. 1 spot in the UK, Canada, the U.S. and Australia and has been certified platinum several times over.
Other records and commercial success
As a solo artist, Stewart has released more than 25 other albums, nearly all of which have been commercially successful. Those titles include such hits as Body Wishes, Blondes Have More Fun, Out of Order, Every Beat of My Heart, When We Were The New Boys, Human, A Spanner in the Works, Vagabond Heart, A Night on the Town, Atlantic Crossing and Never a Dull Moment. Among other accolades, Stewart has won several Grammy Awards, been named to Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of all time and has also sold more than 100 million albums.