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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Rock icon Rod Stewart: 'I have to do something' for kids who trekked to D.C.
CNN - 7 months
Three weeks ago, a group of children with disabilities and their parents chartered a bus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and headed to Washington to protest proposed cuts in Medicaid, the government health insurance they all rely on.
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Rod Stewart closes the Isle of Wight Festival
Reuters.com - 8 months
Rod Stewart closes the world famous Isle of Wight Festival in England. Rough cut. No reporter narration.
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Rod Stewart sorry for mock execution video
Fox News - 12 months
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Pregnant Pink Cozies Up To Daughter In Sweet Topless Photo
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 finall...
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Some guys have all the luck: Rod Stewart knighted at Buckingham Palace
CNN - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
LONDON (AP) — Sir Rod, you wear it well.
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Ex-concert promoter gets 18 years in prison for fraud
CBS News - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 sa...
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Palm Beach (excerpt from Seduced By Polo)
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for "services to music and charity".
    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.
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    He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
  • 2015
    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.
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    He presented Celtic with the trophy after they won the 2015 Scottish League Cup Final.
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    On 23 June 2015, Stewart announced the release of a new studio album titled Another Country.
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  • 2013
    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.
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    In May 2013, Stewart released Time, a rock album of his own original material.
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    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.
  • 2012
    Stewart was the tenth best-selling artist in Canada in the year 2012 according to year-end sales data from Nielsen Soundscan Canada.
    On 10 December 2012, Stewart was a guest singer on Michael Bublé's television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.
    On 26 November 2012, Stewart's recording of "Let It Snow!
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    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.
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    In October 2012, Stewart's autobiography titled Rod: The Autobiography was released (exact dates vary worldwide).
    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.
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    On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Stewart had signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group.
  • 2011
    Stewart headlined the Sunday show at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling Festival on 26 June in London's Hyde Park.
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    In 2011, Stewart performed with Stevie Nicks on their Heart & Soul Tour.
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  • 2010
    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.
    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".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 14 November 2009, Stewart recorded a TV program in the UK for ITV that was screened on 5 December 2009.
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    On 17 October 2009, Stewart released the studio album Soulbook which was composed of covers of soul and Motown songs.
    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.
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    On 2, July 2009 Stewart performed his only UK date that year at Home Park, Plymouth.
    On 20 May 2009, Stewart performed "Maggie May" on the grand finale of American Idol season 8.
  • 2006
    On 22 December 2006, Stewart hosted the 8th Annual A Home for the Holidays special on CBS at 8:00 pm (PST).
    In November 2006, Stewart was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame.
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    In late 2006, Stewart made his return to rock music and his new approach to country music with the release of Still the Same...
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  • 2004
    In late 2004, Stardust: the Great American Songbook 3, the third album in Stewart's songbook series, was released.
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    In 2004, Stewart reunited with Ronnie Wood for concerts of Faces material.
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  • 2003
    A musical called Tonight's The Night, featuring many of Stewart's songs, opened 7 November 2003 at London's Victoria Palace Theatre.
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  • 2002
    By 2002, Stewart had sold over 100 million records during his career.
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    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.
  • 2001
    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.
    In 2001, he released Human.
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  • 2000
    In 2000, Stewart left Warner Bros. and moved to Atlantic Records, another division of Warner Music Group.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    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.
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  • 1995
    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.
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  • 1994
    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.
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    Stewart was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, presented by Jeff Beck.
  • 1993
    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.
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    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.
    At the 1993 Brit Awards in London, Stewart picked up the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
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  • 1991
    In 1991, Stewart also contributed guest lead vocals to the song "My Town" by the Canadian band Glass Tiger.
    Released in 1991, the Vagabond Heart album continued Stewart's renewal and inspiration.
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  • 1990
    Stewart's version of the Tom Waits song "Downtown Train" went to number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1990.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    In January 1989, Stewart set out on the South American leg of the Out of Order Tour playing to sell-out audiences throughout Americas.
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  • 1988
    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.
    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.
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  • 1985
    In January 1985, Stewart performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro before an estimated audience of over 100,000.
  • 1982
    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.
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  • 1981
    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.
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    Later in 1981, Stewart added further elements of new wave and synthpop to his sound for the Tonight I'm Yours album.
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    In August 1981, MTV was launched in the US with several of Stewart's videos in heavy rotation.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Stewart moved to a more new wave direction in 1980 by releasing the album Foolish Behaviour.
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  • 1979
    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.
  • 1978
    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.
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  • 1977
    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.
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  • 1976
    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.
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    In 1976 Stewart covered The Beatles' song "Get Back" for the musical documentary All This and World War II.
    His Holland-Dozier-Holland cover "This Old Heart of Mine" was also a Top 100 hit in 1976.
  • 1975
    In 1975, Stewart moved to Los Angeles.
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    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.
  • 1974
    In late 1974, Stewart released his Smiler album.
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  • 1972
    The Faces toured extensively in 1972 with growing tension in the band over Stewart's solo career enjoying more success than the band's.
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  • 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.
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  • 1969
    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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    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.
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    Stewart's sputtering solo career also continued, with the March 1968 release of non-hit "Little Miss Understood" on Immediate Records.
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  • 1967
    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.
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  • 1966
    Stewart then joined a somewhat similar outfit, Shotgun Express, in May 1966 as co-lead vocalist with Beryl Marsden.
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    Stewart departed from Steampacket in March 1966, with Stewart saying he had been sacked and Auger saying he had quit.
  • 1965
    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.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 1964
    Stewart played some dates on his own in late 1964 and early 1965, sometimes backed by the Southampton R & B outfit The Soul Agents.
    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.
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    He appeared on several regional television shows around the country and recorded his first single in September 1964.
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    He made some demo recordings, was scouted by Decca Records at the Marquee Club, and signed to a solo contract in August 1964.
    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.
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    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,
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    Contrary to popular legend, during this time Stewart likely did not play harmonica on Millie Small's 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop".
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  • 1963
    After returning to London, Stewart joined a rhythm and blues group, the Dimensions, in October 1963 as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist.
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    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.
    Finally this resulted in Stewart being rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy during 1963.
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  • 1962
    In 1962, Stewart began hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones, busking at Leicester Square and other London spots.
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    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.
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  • 1961
    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.
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    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.
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  • 1960
    In summer 1960, he went for trials at Brentford F.C., a Third Division club at the time.
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    In 1960, he joined a skiffle group with schoolfriends called the Kool Kats, playing Lonnie Donegan and Chas McDevitt hits.
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  • 1959
    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".
  • 1956
    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.
  • 1945
    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.
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