Rod Stewart
English singer, songwriter
Rod Stewart
Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE is a British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, and currently residing in Epping. He is of Scottish and English ancestry. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down .
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Pregnant Pink Cozies Up To Daughter In Sweet Topless Photo
Huffington Post - 3 months
Pink can’t hide her happiness in a new and intimate photo with daughter Willow Sage. The “Just Like Fire” singer, who is expecting her second child with husband Carey Hart, posed for a photo revealing her very pregnant belly on Monday. In the picture, Willow hugs her mom’s stomach. Pink wears a gorgeous ornate necklace along with bracelets like her daughter’s. “The snuggle is real,” the singer captioned her Instagram post, crediting her hairstylist for the braided look and her daughter, Willow, for the extra set of hands. the snuggle is real :@deborahandersoncreative hair: @pamwiggy hands: willow sage A photo posted by P!NK (@pink) on Dec 12, 2016 at 2:43pm PST Pink’s fans were clearly in love with the sweet photo, leaving comments including “gorgeous picture,” “stunning” and “love is so beautiful.”  Nearly one month ago, the singer announced that she was expecting another baby in an Instagram photo alongside Willow, captioned “Surprise!” ...
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Songbird Carole Bayer Sager Reveals How Fears Gave Way To Music And Love
Huffington Post - 4 months
William Shakespeare once wrote "if music be the food of love, play on." Few contemporary songwriters have generated such a feast of delicacies as Carol Bayer Sager. She has whipped up unrequited love songs, sweeping ballads and generational anthems into a culinary cultural smorgasbord. Sager's five-decade songwriting career is among the most impressive in all of the music business. But after writing hit after hit, Sager's most recent offering is not a song at all. She has penned her memoir appropriately titled, They're Playing Our Song, an homage of sorts to her 1978 hit Broadway show title. The book is filled with intimate details about the inspirations behind many of her songs. It also includes funny and candid anecdotal stories about dating, plastic surgery and a steamy romantic liaison she had in the early 1990's with real estate mogul Richard Cohen. She says writing her story was difficult. The book took two years to complete. Now, at 69, she says she was finally ...
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Some guys have all the luck: Rod Stewart knighted at Buckingham Palace
CNN - 5 months
Music legend Rod Stewart was knighted by Britain's Prince William at Buckingham Palace Tuesday, to become Sir Roderick Stewart.
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Arise Sir Roderick: Singer Rod Stewart gets a knighthood
Reuters.com - 5 months
LONDON (Reuters) - Pop singer Rod Stewart can now call himself Sir Roderick.
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Tonight's the knight: Rod Stewart becomes Sir Rod at palace
Yahoo News - 5 months
LONDON (AP) — Sir Rod, you wear it well.
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Ex-concert promoter gets 18 years in prison for fraud
CBS News - 5 months
Jack Utsick had staged hundreds of shows for bands such as the Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees and Rod Stewart
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Couples Are Asking This 9-Year-Old To Photograph Their Weddings
Huffington Post - 8 months
Nine-year-old Regina Wyllie always had a knack for photography. At age three, the fifth grader from Ayrshire, Scotland picked up one of her photographer dad's cameras and asked how to use it. And on April 15, she shot her very first wedding. "She first picked up a camera at the age of three when she asked to accompany me to a mountain bike race that I was shooting," Regina's dad Kevin told The Huffington Post. "Since then, she started taking cameras from my bags and asking me to show her how to work them. It just grew from there and I always made sure never to push her for it, preferring to let her ask the questions." Regina's first official assignment took place on April 15, when she was asked to assist her dad in shooting the nuptials of a close family friend. The couple had seen her past work and wanted their wedding to be her first. "I really enjoyed the wedding as I had to work quite fast, which was a challenge," Regina told HuffPost. "It was great fun." It's saf ...
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Palm Beach (excerpt from Seduced By Polo)
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Palm Beach Palm Beach is a headline always waiting to happen. One small Southern county, brazen enough to throw off a national election, Palm Beach curtsied from debutante to a diamond-edged dart-board with fate for a bulls-eye. Palm Beach proper, or improper to those who know her intimately, spread her scandalous, tropical wings into Palm Beach County to let the world know what Palm Beach was all about: a don't f... -with- me- hurricane of money, power, good old boys and nouveau arrivistes, waiting to let out a buck and a roar. A little jail time here, a little polygamy there, no one really cared, as long as you spelled his name right. Palm Beach made her social debut as the winter home of Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon who set his tracks on Florida. He was unstoppable, and so were his tropical investments. The Breakers Hotel, a Flagler get-a-way, inspired by a famous Italian Renaissance Palace, with an aura that ghosts were there from the get go, burned to the ground ...
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The Rise and Rise of Caroline D'Amore
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Caroline D'Amore was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but she's not your run-of-the-mill California Girl. A mix of old-Hollywood glamor with new Hollywood hunger, the girl's got chops. Her latest release on Republic Records, "Come to California", features National Anthem. "I was the girl dancing on tables," D'Amore states of her younger years. Then she met and befriended DJ AM and quickly jumped off of the dance floor and into the DJ booth where she had one goal in mind. To make people move. "The first song I wrote that anyone ever heard was a song called "Music Man", she recalls. It was a song she wrote after meeting Bobby Alt (who is now her husband). She produced the song with Stonebridge and it went to number 1 on the Beatport Charts. You can here the song here (https://soundcloud.com/stonebridge/stonebridge-caroline-damore). She's worked with Robbie Rivera, remixed for Rod Stewart, and appeared as the DJ in the Music video for the Jessie J, Ariana Grande ...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 10-16
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 10: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 81. Singer Frank Sinatra Jr. is 72. Singer Rod Stewart is 71. Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 68. Singer Pat Benatar is 63. Guitarist Michael Schenker (Scorpions) is 61. Singer Shawn Colvin is 60. Singer-guitarist Curt Kirkwood of Meat Puppets is 57. Actor Evan Handler ("Sex and the City," ''Californication") is 55. Singer Brad Roberts of Crash Test Dummies is 52. Actress Trini Alvarado is 49. Singer Brent Smith of Shinedown is 38. Rapper Chris Smith of Kris Kross is 37.
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How To Crush And Destroy The Mother (or Father) Of Your Children
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house. ~ Rod Stewart Here in sunny California, marriages of ten years or more are considered marriages of "long duration" and if divorce occurs thereafter the court is NOT allowed to set a definite termination date for spousal support at the time of trial. Now the median age people get married in California is 29.5 and life expectancy is 80.77. So let's say a couple gets married when both of them are 29.5 years old and they happen to decide to divorce when both are 40. That means that the primary breadwinner could be required to pay spousal support every month for the next 40 years or more. Famously, Tom Cruise filed to divorce Nicole Kidman - according to him - three days shy of their tenth marriage anniversary. However, according to Nicole, "...the parties had (already) happily celebrated their 10th anniversary with a group of friends. During the balance of December and thereafter the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rod Stewart
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to music and charity".
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    Stewart recorded vocals with Joe Walsh on the upcoming Frankie Miller album Frankie Miller's Double Take, which is due to be released on 30 September 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In May 2000, Stewart 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. Besides being a major health scare, the resulting surgery also threatened his voice, and he had to re-learn how to sing. Since then he has been active in raising funds for The City of Hope Foundation charity to find cures for all forms of cancer, especially those affecting children.
    He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    Stewart was estimated to have a fortune of £150 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2015, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart is known for his liaisons with women and has had eight children, by five different mothers: In reference to his divorces, Stewart was once quoted as saying, "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house." During his career, Rod Stewart has been a member of a number of groups including: Stewart's album and single sales total have been variously estimated as more than 100 million, or at 200 million, in either case earning him a place on the list of best-selling music artists.
    He presented Celtic with the trophy after they won the 2015 Scottish League Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart is a model railway enthusiast. His 23 x 124 foot (≈7 x 37 m) HO scale layout in his Los Angeles home is modelled after the New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroads during the 1940s. Called the Three Rivers City, the layout was featured in the cover story of the December 2007, December 2010, and February 2014 issues of Model Railroader magazine. In the 2007 article, Stewart said that it meant more to him to be in a model railroad magazine than a music magazine. He has a second layout at his UK home, based on Britain's East Coast Main Line. In a sidebar to the 2014 Model Railroader article, Stewart admitted (in an anecdote about his having unwittingly mixed red scenery texturing material into a "turf" mix he used around the bases of buildings) that he is colour-blind.
    On 23 June 2015, Stewart announced the release of a new studio album titled Another Country.
    More Details Hide Details It was made available for pre-order and was released on 23 October 2015. The video for the first single "Love Is" is available on his Vevo account.
  • 2013
    Age 68
    In September 2013, Stewart presented his close friend Elton John with the first Brits Icon award in a special show at the London Palladium, recognising John's "lasting impact" on UK culture.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart quipped that John was "the second-best rock singer ever", before the two performed a duet on stage.
    In May 2013, Stewart released Time, a rock album of his own original material.
    More Details Hide Details 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. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist. Stewart's last No. 1 on the chart had been Greatest Hits Volume 1 in 1979 and his last studio album to top the chart was 1976's A Night on the Town.
    In February 2013, Stewart was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in the International Album of the Year category for his album Merry Christmas, Baby.
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  • 2012
    Age 67
    Stewart was the tenth best-selling artist in Canada in the year 2012 according to year-end sales data from Nielsen Soundscan Canada.
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    On 10 December 2012, Stewart was a guest singer on Michael Bublé's television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.
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    On 26 November 2012, Stewart's recording of "Let It Snow!
    More Details Hide Details Let It Snow! Let It Snow! " reached the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. Stewart has had the number one song on this chart three times previously, the last being in 1993 with "Have I Told You Lately", giving him the second-largest hiatus between number ones in the history of the chart. The song remained in the No. 1 spot for a total of five weeks, tying it for the longest-leading holiday title in the chart's 51-year history.
    In November 2012, Stewart performed "Auld Lang Syne" from his Christmas album and his hit "Sailing" at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II.
    More Details Hide Details Later that month, Stewart again performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen during the 100th Royal Variety Performance, singing "When You Wish upon a Star".
    In October 2012, Stewart's autobiography titled Rod: The Autobiography was released (exact dates vary worldwide).
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    On 4 September 2012, it was announced that Stewart would be releasing his first Christmas album, titled Merry Christmas, Baby, on the Verve Music Group label (a division of Universal Music Group) on 30 October 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The album was produced by David Foster and features several duets, as well as an original song written by Stewart, Foster and Amy Foster called "Red-Suited Super Man". According to IFPI, Merry Christmas, Baby was the seventh best-selling album worldwide in 2012.
    On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Stewart had signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    Stewart headlined the Sunday show at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling Festival on 26 June in London's Hyde Park.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart signed on to a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, commencing on 24 August. Performing his greatest hits, the residency also saw him perform selected tracks from his upcoming, untitled blues album.
    In 2011, Stewart performed with Stevie Nicks on their Heart & Soul Tour.
    More Details Hide Details Starting on 20 March in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the tour visited arena concerts in North America – with performances in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa and Montreal, among others.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    On 19 October 2010, Stewart released another edition of his Great American Songbook series titled Fly Me to the Moon The Great American Songbook Volume V on J Records.
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    On 14 January 2010, Rhino records released Stewart's Once in a Blue Moon, a "lost album" originally recorded in 1992, featuring ten cover songs including the Rolling Stones' "Ruby Tuesday", Bob Dylan's "The Groom's Still Waiting at the Altar" and Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back", as well as Tom Waits' "Tom Traubert's Blues".
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    On 14 November 2009, Stewart recorded a TV program in the UK for ITV that was screened on 5 December 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The music in the programme featured tracks from his new album and some old favourites.
    On 17 October 2009, Stewart released the studio album Soulbook which was composed of covers of soul and Motown songs.
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    On 29 September 2009 a 4-CD, 65-track compilation entitled Rod Stewart Sessions 1971–1998 was released; it is composed of previously-unreleased tracks and outtakes from the bulk of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart has also mentioned plans for a compilation of covers of soul classics, the possible release of another edition of the Great American Songbook album and a country covers album.
    On 2, July 2009 Stewart performed his only UK date that year at Home Park, Plymouth.
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    On 20 May 2009, Stewart performed "Maggie May" on the grand finale of American Idol season 8.
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  • 2006
    Age 61
    On 22 December 2006, Stewart hosted the 8th Annual A Home for the Holidays special on CBS at 8:00 pm (PST).
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    In November 2006, Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details On 1 July 2007, Stewart performed at the Concert for Diana held at Wembley Stadium, London, an event which celebrated the life of Princess Diana almost 10 years after her death. He performed "Sailing", "Baby Jane" and "Maggie May". On 12 December, he performed for the first time at the Royal Variety Performance at the London Coliseum in front of HRH Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, singing another Cat Stevens number, "Father and Son", and Bonnie Tyler's song "It's a Heartache".
    In late 2006, Stewart made his return to rock music and his new approach to country music with the release of Still the Same...
    More Details Hide Details Great Rock Classics of Our Time, a new album featuring rock and southern rock milestones from the last four decades, including a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain? ", which was released as the first single. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts with 184,000 copies in its first week. The number one début was helped by a concert in New York City that was on MSN Music and an appearance on Dancing with the Stars. He performed tracks from his new album live from the Nokia Theater on 9 October. Control Room broadcast the event Live on MSN and in 117 cinemas across the country via National CineMedia.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    In late 2004, Stardust: the Great American Songbook 3, the third album in Stewart's songbook series, was released.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first US number one album in 25 years, selling over 200,000 albums in its first week. It also debuted at number one in Canada, number three in the UK and Top 10 in Australia. His version of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World", featuring Stevie Wonder, made the Top 20 of the world adult charts. He also recorded a duet with Dolly Parton for the album – "Baby, It's Cold Outside". Stewart won his first ever Grammy Award for this album. 2005 saw 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. Within weeks of its release, the CD made it to number two on the Top 200 list.
    In 2004, Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood for concerts of Faces material.
    More Details Hide Details A Rod Stewart and the Faces best of album, Changing Faces, reached the Top 20 of the UK album charts. Five Guys Walk into a Bar, a Faces box set compilation, was released.
  • 2003
    Age 58
    A musical called Tonight's The Night, featuring many of Stewart's songs, opened 7 November 2003 at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details It is written and directed by Ben Elton, who previously created a similar production, We Will Rock You, with music by Queen.
  • 2002
    Age 57
    By 2002, Stewart had sold over 100 million records during his career.
    More Details Hide Details He concentrated on singing 1930s and 1940s pop standards from the Great American Songbook, written by songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George and Ira Gershwin, with great popular success. These albums have been released on Clive Davis's J Records label and have seen Stewart enjoy album sales equal to the 1970s. The first album from the songbook series, It Had to Be You: the Great American Songbook, reached number four on the US album chart, number eight in the UK and number ten in Canada when released in late 2002. The track "These Foolish Things" (which is actually a British, not American, song) reached number 13 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, and "They Can't Take That Away From Me" went Top 20. The second series album, As Time Goes By: the Great American Songbook 2, reached number two in the US, number four in the UK and number one in Canada. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered", a duet with Cher, went Top 20 on the US adult contemporary charts. "Time After Time" was another Top 30 track on the US adult contemporary charts.
    In June 2002, Stewart performed "Handbags and Gladrags" at the Party at the Palace held at Buckingham Palace Garden, a concert which celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II and featured stars from five decades of music.
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  • 2001
    Age 56
    The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart, a greatest hits album compiled from his time at Warner Bros., went to the Top 10 in the UK and reached number one in 2001 in, among other places, Belgium and France.
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    In 2001, he released Human.
    More Details Hide Details The single "I Can't Deny It" went Top 40 in the UK and Top 20 in the adult contemporary. Stewart then signed to Clive Davis' new J Records label.
  • 2000
    Age 55
    In 2000, Stewart left Warner Bros. and moved to Atlantic Records, another division of Warner Music Group.
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  • 1998
    Age 53
    When We Were the New Boys, his final album on the Warner Bros. label released in 1998, contained versions of songs by Britpop acts such as Oasis and Primal Scream, and reached number two on the UK album charts.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, he recorded the song "Faith of the Heart", written by Diane Warren, for the film Patch Adams.
  • 1995
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    On 31 December 1994, Stewart played in front on 4.2 million people on Copacabana beach in Rio, and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for staging the largest free rock concert attendance in history.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, presented by Jeff Beck.
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  • 1993
    Age 48
    Also in 1993, he reunited with Ronnie Wood to record an MTV Unplugged special that included "Handbags and Gladrags", "Cut Across Shorty", and four selections from Every Picture Tells a Story.
    More Details Hide Details The show featured an acoustic version of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately", which topped the Billboard adult contemporary chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. A rendition of "Reason to Believe" also garnered considerable airplay. The resulting Unplugged and Seated album reached number two on the Billboard 200 album charts.
    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.
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    At the 1993 Brit Awards in London, Stewart picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart brought back the Faces on stage for an impromptu reunion.
  • 1991
    Age 46
    In 1991, Stewart also contributed guest lead vocals to the song "My Town" by the Canadian band Glass Tiger.
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    Released in 1991, the Vagabond Heart album continued Stewart's renewal and inspiration.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single "It Takes Two" with Tina Turner, was released in 1990 in advance of the full album's release, and reached number five on the UK charts, but did not chart in the US. The follow-up songs from Vagabond Heart both reached the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991, with "Rhythm of My Heart" peaking at No. 5 and "The Motown Song" peaking at No. 10.
  • 1990
    Age 45
    Stewart's version of the Tom Waits song "Downtown Train" went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details This song was taken from a four-CD compilation set called Storyteller – The Complete Anthology: 1964–1990.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    In January 1989, Stewart set out on the South American leg of the Out of Order Tour playing to sell-out audiences throughout Americas.
    More Details Hide Details There were 80,000 people at his show at Corregidora Stadium, Querétaro, México (9 April), and 50,000 at Jalisco Stadium, Guadalajara, Jalisco (12 April). In Buenos Aires, the audience at the River Plate Stadium, which seats 70,000+, was at over 90,000, with several thousand outside the stadium. Firehoses were sprayed on the crowd to avoid heat prostration.
  • 1988
    Age 43
    In September 1988, Stewart performed "Forever Young" at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and in 1989 he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song.
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    In 1988, he returned with Out of Order, produced by Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and by Bernard Edwards of Chic. "Lost in You", "Forever Young", "Crazy About Her", and "My Heart Can't Tell You No" from that album were all top 15 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and mainstream rock charts, with the latter even reaching the Top Five. "Forever Young" was an unconscious revision of Bob Dylan's song of the same name; the artists reached an agreement about sharing royalties.
    More Details Hide Details The song reached No. 12 in the US.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    In January 1985, Stewart performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro before an estimated audience of over 100,000.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 37
    Stewart had four US Top 10 singles between 1982 and 1988, "Young Turks" (No. 5, carrying over from 1981 into 1982), "Some Guys Have All the Luck" (No. 10, 1984), "Infatuation" (No. 6, 1984) and "Love Touch" (No. 6, 1986, a Holly Knight/Mike Chapman collaboration), although "Baby Jane" became his sixth and final UK number one in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details It reached No. 14 in the US. The corresponding Camouflage album went gold in the UK, and the single "Infatuation" (which featured his old friend Jeff Beck on the guitar) received considerable play on MTV. The second single "Some Guys Have All The Luck" reached No. 15 in the UK and No. 10 in the US. A reunion with Jeff Beck produced a successful take on Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready", but an attempt to tour together fell apart after a few dates. In the UK, "Every Beat of My Heart" reached number two in 1986.
  • 1981
    Age 36
    On 18 December 1981, Stewart played the Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner, broadcast around the world to a television audience of 35 million.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart's albums between Tonight I'm Yours (1981) and Out of Order (1988) received harsh reviews from many critics. He was criticised for breaking the widely observed cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa by performing at the Sun City resort complex in Bophuthatswana as part of his Body Wishes (1983) and Camouflage (1984) tours.
    Later in 1981, Stewart added further elements of new wave and synthpop to his sound for the Tonight I'm Yours album.
    More Details Hide Details The title song reached No. 20 in the US, while "Young Turks" reached the Top 5 with the album going platinum.
    In August 1981, MTV was launched in the US with several of Stewart's videos in heavy rotation.
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  • 1980
    Age 35
    Stewart moved to a more new wave direction in 1980 by releasing the album Foolish Behaviour.
    More Details Hide Details The album produced one hit single, "Passion", which proved particularly popular in South Africa (reaching no. 1 on the Springbok Top 20 Charts and Radio 5 Charts in early 1981). It also reached No. 5 on the US Billboard Charts.
  • 1979
    Age 34
    Stewart donated his royalties from "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" to UNICEF, and he performed it with his band at the Music for UNICEF Concert at the United Nations General Assembly in 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 33
    A focal point of criticisms about this period was his biggest-selling 1978 disco hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", which was atypical of his earlier output, and disparaged by critics.
    More Details Hide Details In interviews, Stewart, while admitting his accompanying look had become "tarty", has defended the lyrics by pointing out that the song is a third-person narrative slice-of-life portrayal, not unlike those in his earlier work, and that it is not about him. The song's refrain was identical to Brazilian Jorge Ben Jor's earlier "Taj Mahal" and a lawsuit ensued.
  • 1977
    Age 32
    By explicitly marking the album as having a "fast side" and a "slow side", Stewart continued the trend started by Atlantic Crossing, "The First Cut Is the Deepest", a cover of a Cat Stevens song, went number one in the UK in 1977, and top 30 in the US. "The Killing of Georgie (Part 1 and 2)", about the murder of a gay man, was also a Top 40 hit for Stewart during 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) 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. "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. This was the lead single from 1978's Blondes Have More Fun or do they?, which went to number one on the Billboard album charts and sold 4 million albums. It was to be Stewart's last number one album for 25 years.
  • 1976
    Age 31
    Later in 1976, 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.
    More Details Hide Details It came from the A Night on the Town album, which went to number two on the Billboard album charts and was Stewart's first album to go platinum.
    In 1976 Stewart covered The Beatles' song "Get Back" for the musical documentary All This and World War II.
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    His Holland-Dozier-Holland cover "This Old Heart of Mine" was also a Top 100 hit in 1976.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975, Stewart moved to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details He 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. Atlantic Crossing marked both a return to form and a return to the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts. The first single, a cover of the Sutherland Brothers song "Sailing", was a number-one hit in the UK, but it only reached the Top 60 of the US charts. The single returned to the UK Top 10 a year later when used as the theme music for a BBC documentary series about HMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice over, "Sailing" became, and remains, Stewart's biggest-selling single in the UK.
    In 1975, Faces toured the US twice (with Ronnie Wood joining The Rolling Stones' US tour in between) before Stewart announced the Faces' break-up at the end of the year.
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  • 1974
    Age 29
    In late 1974, Stewart released his Smiler album.
    More Details Hide Details 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. After the release of the double album compilation The Best of Rod Stewart he switched to Warner Bros. Records and remained with them throughout the vast majority of his career (Faces were signed to Warner Bros., and Stewart's solo releases in the UK appeared on the Riva label until 1981).
  • 1972
    Age 27
    The Faces toured extensively in 1972 with growing tension in the band over Stewart's solo career enjoying more success than the band's.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart released Never a Dull Moment in the same year. Repeating the Every Picture formula, for the most part, it reached number two on the US album charts and number one in the UK, and enjoyed further good notices from reviewers. "You Wear It Well" was a hit single that reached number 13 in the US and went to number one in the UK, while "Twisting the Night Away" made explicit Stewart's debt to Sam Cooke. For the body of his early solo work Stewart earned tremendous critical praise. Rolling Stones 1980 Illustrated History of Rock & Roll includes this in its Stewart entry: Rarely has a singer had as full and unique a talent as Rod Stewart; rarely has anyone betrayed his talent so completely. Once the most compassionate presence in music, he has become a bilious self-parody – and sells more records than ever … a writer who offered profound lyricism and fabulous self-deprecating humour, teller of tall tales and honest heartbreaker, he had an unmatched eye for the tiny details around which lives turn, shatter, and reform … and a voice to make those details indelible. His solo albums were defined by two special qualities: warmth, which was redemptive, and modesty, which was liberating. If ever any rocker chose the role of everyman and lived up to it, it was Rod Stewart.
  • 1971
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album and the single hit number one in both the US and the UK simultaneously, a chart first, in September. Set off by a striking mandolin part (by Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne), "Maggie May" was also named in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, one of three songs by him to appear on that list. The rest of the album was equally strong, with "Mandolin Wind" again showcasing that instrument; "(I Know) I'm Losing You" adding hard-edged soul to the mix; and "Tomorrow Is a Long Time", a cover of a Bob Dylan song. But the ultimate manifestation of the early Stewart solo style was the Stewart-Wood-penned "Every Picture Tells a Story" itself: powered by Mick Waller's drumming, Pete Sears's piano and Wood's guitar work in a largely acoustic arrangement; it is a fast, rocking, headlong romp relating the picaresque adventures of the singer.
  • 1969
    Age 24
    Ron Wood was announced as the replacement guitarist in June and on 18 October 1969, Stewart followed his friend and was announced as their new singer.
    More Details Hide Details The two joined existing members Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan, and Kenney Jones, who soon decided to call the new line-up Faces.
    Stewart sang guest vocals for the Australian group Python Lee Jackson on "In a Broken Dream", recorded in April 1969 but not released until 1970.
    More Details Hide Details His payment was a set of seat covers for his car. It was re-released in 1972 to become a worldwide hit.
    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).
    More Details Hide Details It established the template for his solo sound: a heartfelt mixture of folk, rock, and country blues, inclusive of a British working-class sensibility, with both original material ("Cindy's Lament" and the title song) and cover versions (Ewan MacColl's "Dirty Old Town" and Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags"). The backing band on the album included Wood, Waller and McLagan, plus Keith Emerson and guitarists Martin Pugh (of Steamhammer, and later Armageddon and 7th Order) and Martin Quittenton (also from Steamhammer). Faces released their début album First Step in early 1970 with a rock and roll style similar to the Rolling Stones. While the album did better in the UK than in the US, the Faces quickly earned a strong live following. Stewart released his second album, Gasoline Alley that autumn. Rod's approach was similar to his first album, as exemplified by the title track; and mandolin was introduced into the sound. He then launched a US tour with the Faces.
    He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart's early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazines list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.
  • 1968
    Age 23
    Mercury Records A&R man Lou Reizner had seen Stewart perform with Beck, and on 8 October 1968 signed him to a solo contract; but contractual complexities delayed Stewart's recording for him until July 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Meanwhile, in May 1969, guitarist and singer Steve Marriott left English band The Small Faces.
    Stewart's sputtering solo career also continued, with the March 1968 release of non-hit "Little Miss Understood" on Immediate Records.
    More Details Hide Details The Jeff Beck Group toured Western Europe in spring 1968, recorded, and were nearly destitute; then assistant manager Peter Grant booked them on a six-week tour of the United States starting in June 1968 with the Fillmore East in New York. The first-time-in-America Stewart suffered terrible stage fright during the opening show and hid behind the amplifier banks while singing; only a quick shot of brandy brought him out front. Nevertheless, the show and the tour were a big success, with Robert Shelton of The New York Times calling the group exciting and praising "the interaction of Mr. Beck's wild and visionary guitar against the hoarse and insistent shouting of Rod Stewart," and New Musical Express reporting that the group was receiving standing ovations and pulling receipts equal to those of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors. 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. The album featured Beck's masterly guitar technique and manipulated sounds as Stewart's dramatic vocalising tackled the group's varied repertoire of blues, folk, rock, and proto-heavy metal. Stewart also co-wrote three of the songs, and credited the record for helping to develop his vocal abilities and the sandpaper quality in his voice. The group toured America again at the end of the year to a very strong reception, then suffered from more personnel upheaval (something that would continue throughout Beck's career).
  • 1967
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details This would become the big break of his early career. There he first played with Ronnie Wood whom he had first met in a London pub in 1964; the two soon became fast friends. During its first year, the group experienced frequent changes of drummers and conflicts involving manager Mickie Most wanting to reduce Stewart's role; they toured the UK, and released a couple of singles that featured Stewart on their B-sides.
  • 1966
    Age 21
    Stewart then joined a somewhat similar outfit, Shotgun Express, in May 1966 as co-lead vocalist with Beryl Marsden.
    More Details Hide Details The other members included Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green (who would go on to form Fleetwood Mac), and Peter Bardens. Shotgun Express released one unsuccessful single in October 1966, the orchestra-heavy "I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round", before disbanding. Stewart later disparaged Shotgun Express as a poor imitation of Steampacket, and said "I was still getting this terrible feeling of doing other people's music. I think you can only start finding yourself when you write your own material." By now, Stewart had bounced around without achieving much success, with little to distinguish himself among other aspiring London singers other than the emerging rasp in his voice.
    Stewart departed from Steampacket in March 1966, with Stewart saying he had been sacked and Auger saying he had quit.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 20
    His parallel solo career attempts continued on EMI's Columbia label with the November 1965 release of "The Day Will Come", a more heavily arranged pop attempt, and the April 1966 release of his take on Sam Cooke's "Shake", with the Brian Auger Trinity.
    More Details Hide Details Both failed commercially and neither gained positive notices. Stewart had spent the better part of two years listening mostly to Cooke; he later said, "I didn't sound like anybody at all … but I knew I sounded a bit like Sam Cooke, so I listened to Sam Cooke." This recording solidified that singer's position as Stewart's idol and most enduring influence; he called it a "crossing of the water."
    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.
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    The Hoochie Coochie Men broke up, Baldry and Stewart patched up their differences (and indeed became lifelong friends), and legendary impresario Giorgio Gomelsky put together Steampacket, which featured Baldry, Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Micky Waller, Vic Briggs and Ricky Fenson; their first appearance was in support of The Rolling Stones in July 1965.
    More Details Hide Details The group was conceived as a white soul revue, analogous to The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, with multiple vocalists and styles ranging from jazz to R & B to blues. Steampacket toured with the Stones and The Walker Brothers that summer, ending in the London Palladium; seeing the audience react to the Stones gave Stewart his first exposure to crowd hysteria. Stewart, who had been included in the group upon Baldry's insistence, ended up with most of the male vocal parts. Steampacket was unable to enter the studio to record any material due to its members all belonging to different labels and managers, although Gomelsky did record one of their Marquee Club rehearsals.
  • 1964
    Age 19
    Stewart played some dates on his own in late 1964 and early 1965, sometimes backed by the Southampton R & B outfit The Soul Agents.
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    The resulting single, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", was recorded released in October 1964; despite Stewart performing it on the popular television show Ready Steady Go!, it failed to enter the charts.
    More Details Hide Details Also in October Stewart left the Hoochie Coochie Men after having a row with Baldry.
    He appeared on several regional television shows around the country and recorded his first single in September 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Turning down Decca's recommended material as too commercial, Stewart insisted that the experienced session musicians he was given, including John Paul Jones, learn a couple of Sonny Boy Williamson songs he had just heard.
    He made some demo recordings, was scouted by Decca Records at the Marquee Club, and signed to a solo contract in August 1964.
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    In June 1964, Stewart made his recording début (without label credit) on "Up Above My Head", the B-side to a Baldry and Hoochie Coochie Men single.
    More Details Hide Details While still with Baldry, Stewart embarked on a simultaneous solo career.
    In January 1964, while Stewart was waiting at Twickenham railway station after having seen Long John Baldry and the All Stars at Eel Pie Island,
    More Details Hide Details Baldry heard him playing "Smokestack Lightnin'" on his harmonica, and invited him to sit in with the group (which passed into his hands and was renamed the Hoochie Coochie Men when Cyril Davies died of endocarditis on 7 January); when Baldry discovered Stewart was a singer as well, he offered him a job for £35 a week, after securing the approval of Stewart's mother. Quitting his day job at age nineteen, Stewart gradually overcame his shyness and nerves and became a visible enough part of the act that he was sometimes added to the billing as "Rod the Mod" Stewart, the nickname coming from his dandyish style of grooming and dress. Baldry touted Stewart's abilities to Melody Maker magazine and the group enjoyed a weekly residence at London's fabled Marquee Club.
    Contrary to popular legend, during this time Stewart likely did not play harmonica on Millie Small's 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop".
    More Details Hide Details That was probably Peter Hogman of the Dimensions, although Powell has also claimed credit. Powell did record and release a single during this period, though Stewart did not appear on it.
  • 1963
    Age 18
    After returning to London, Stewart joined a rhythm and blues group, the Dimensions, in October 1963 as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist.
    More Details Hide Details It was his first professional job as a musician, although Stewart was still living at home and working in his brother's painting and picture frame shop. A somewhat more established singer from Birmingham, Jimmy Powell, then hired the group a few weeks later, and it became known as Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions, with Stewart being relegated to harmonica player. The group performed weekly at the famed Studio 51 club on Great Newport Street in London, where The Rolling Stones often headlined; this was Stewart's entrée into the thriving London R & B scene, and his harmonica playing improved in part from watching Mick Jagger on stage. Relations soon broke down between Powell and Stewart over roles within the group and Stewart departed.
    In 1963, Stewart adopted the Mod lifestyle and look, and began fashioning the spiky rooster hairstyle that would become his trademark. (It was made possible with sugar water or large amounts of his sisters' hair lacquer, backcombing, and his hands holding it in place to protect it from the winds of the Highgate Underground station.) 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.
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    Finally this resulted in Stewart being rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy during 1963.
    More Details Hide Details At this time, Stewart, who had been at William Grimshaw School with three of their members, was briefly considered as singer for the embryonic Kinks.
  • 1962
    Age 17
    In 1962, Stewart began hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones, busking at Leicester Square and other London spots.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart took up playing the then-fashionable harmonica. On several trips over the next 18 months Jones and Stewart took their act to Brighton and then to Paris, sleeping under bridges over the River Seine, and then finally to Barcelona.
    In 1962 he had his first serious relationship, with London art student Suzannah Boffey (and a friend of future model and actress Chrissie Shrimpton); he moved to a bed-sit in Muswell Hill to be near her.
    More Details Hide Details She became pregnant, but neither Rod nor his family wanted him to enter marriage; the baby girl was given up for adoption and Rod's and Suzannah's relationship ended.
  • 1961
    Age 16
    Stewart became attracted to beatnik attitudes and left-wing politics, living for a while in a beatnik houseboat at Shoreham-by-Sea. He was an active supporter of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at this time, joining the annual Aldermaston Marches from 1961-63 and being arrested on three occasions when he took part in sit-ins at Trafalgar Square and Whitehall for the cause.
    More Details Hide Details He also used the marches as a way to meet and bed girls.
    In 1961 he went to Denmark Street with The Raiders and got a singing audition with well-known record producer Joe Meek, but Meek stopped the session with a rude sound.
    More Details Hide Details Stewart began listening to British and American topical folk artists such as Ewan MacColl, Alex Campbell, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and especially Derroll Adams and the debut album of Bob Dylan.
  • 1960
    Age 15
    In summer 1960, he went for trials at Brentford F.C., a Third Division club at the time.
    More Details Hide Details Contrary to some longstanding accounts, Stewart states in his 2012 autobiography that he was never signed to the club and that the club never called him back after his trials. In any case, regarding possible career options, Stewart concluded, "Well, a musician's life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I can't do that and play football. I plumped for music … They're the only two things I can do actually: play football and sing." Stewart worked in the family shop and as a newspaper delivery boy. He then worked briefly as a labourer for Highgate Cemetery, which became another part of his biographical lore. He worked in a North Finchley funeral parlour and as a fence erector and sign writer.
    In 1960, he joined a skiffle group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie Donegan and Chas McDevitt hits.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1959
    Age 14
    His father bought him a guitar in January 1959; the first song he learned was the folk tune "It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song"; the first record he bought was Eddie Cochran's "C'mon Everybody".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Age 11
    His introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richard's 1956 hit "The Girl Can't Help It", and seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert.
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  • 1945
    Age 0
    Roderick David Stewart was born at 507 Archway Road, Highgate, North London on 10 January 1945, the youngest of five children of Robert Stewart and Elsie Gilbart.
    More Details Hide Details His father was Scottish and had been a master builder in Leith, Edinburgh, while Elsie was English and had grown up in Upper Holloway in North London. Married in 1928, the couple had two sons and two daughters while living in Scotland, then they moved to Highgate. Stewart came after an eight-year gap following his youngest sibling; he was born at home during World War II. The family was neither affluent nor poor; Stewart was spoiled as the youngest, and has called his childhood "fantastically happy". He had an undistinguished record at Highgate Primary School and failed the eleven plus exam. He then attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School (later Fortismere School), Muswell Hill. His father retired from the building trade at age 65, buying a newsagent's shop on the Archway Road when Stewart was in his early teens; the family lived over the shop. Stewart's main hobby was railway modelling.
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