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Stewart, Roderick David (Rod)

Born: 1945 AD
Currently alive, at 70 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Musicians, Singer


1945 - Roderick David Stewart, born on the 10th of January in London, England. He is a English singer.

1960 - He then worked as a grave digger.

1961 - Switched to a career in music joining folk singer Wizz Jones in the early 60s as a street singer travelling around Europe; this resulted in his being deported from Spain for vagrancy.

1962 - He helped to found The Ray Davies Quartet, later known as the successful British band The Kinks, as their lead singer.

1964 - After his return to London, he also joined Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions as a vocalist and blues harp player.

1965 - Earned the nickname "Rod the Mod" during that period, as a result of his appearance in BBC documentary on the mod subculture.

1966 - Steampacket broke up him joining Shotgun Express as lead vocalist with Beryl Marsden.

1968 - First album Truth became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic and the group toured extensively.

1969 - The second album Beck-Ola also was a hit but the group had broken up by the end of the year.

1970 - Sang guest vocals for the Australian group Python Lee Jackson on "In a Broken Dream".

1971 - His 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", started receiving radio play.

1976 - His biggest-selling single in the UK. Holland-Dozier-Holland cover "This Old Heart Of Mine" was also a Top 100 hit.

1980 - Moved a bit to a more New Wave direction by releasing the album Foolish Behaviour.

1981 - Added further elements of New Wave and synth pop to his sound for the Tonight I'm Yours album.

1988 - He returned with Out Of Order produced by Duran Duran's Andy Taylor and by Bernard Edwards of Chic.

1989 - He set out on the South American leg of the Out of Order Tour playing to sold out audiences throughout South America.

1990 - His version of the Tom Waits song "Downtown Train" went to #2 of the US singles charts.

1993 - He recorded "All For Love" with Sting and Bryan Adams for the soundtrack to the movie The Three Musketeers; the single reached #1 on the US charts.

1994 - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1995 - 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.

1998 - When we Were the New Boys, his final album on the Warner Bros. label released, contained versions of songs by Britpop acts such as Oasis and Primal Scream, and reached #2 on the UK album charts.

2000 - Decided to leave Warner Bros. Records and moved to Atlantic Records, another division of Warner Music Group.

2001 - He released his only album "Human" in Atlantic label.

2002 - The first album from the songbook series, It Had to Be You ... The Great American Songbook, reached #4 on the US album chart, #8 in the UK and #10 in Canada when released.

2003 - A musical featuring many of Stewart's songs opened November at London's Victoria Palace theatre.

2004 - Reunited with Ron Wood for concerts of The Faces material.

2005 - He saw the release of the fourth and final songbook album. Thanks for the Memory: The Great American Songbook 4 it included duets with Diana Ross and Elton John.

2006 - Made his return to the rock music, with the release of Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of Our Time, a new album featuring 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.


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