Rod Stewart, singer
Jeff Beck Group ~ The (Small) Faces
birth name: Roderick David Stewart

Rod Stewart

January 10, 1945, London, England

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 (US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and Faces influenced heavy metal genres. ~ Wikipedia: Rod Stewart ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Wikipedia

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January 10, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) The Teddy Bears, To Know Him Is To Love Him ~ #2 (2) The Platters, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes ~ #1 (1) The Chipmunks With David Seville, The Chipmunk Song


Rod Stewart may have begun his career as a respected singer, yet that critical respect eroded as he got older, as he became more concerned with stardom and adult contemporary songcraft than the rock music that launched him. While he has recorded some terrible albums - and he would admit that freely - Stewart was once rock & roll's best interpretive singer as well as an accomplished songwriter, creating a raw combination of folk, rock, blues, and country that sounded like no other folk-rock or country-rock material. Instead of finding the folk in rock, he found how folk rocked like hell on its own. After Stewart became successful, he began to lose the rootsier elements of his music, yet he remained a superb singer, even as he abandoned his own artistic path in favor of following pop trends. ~ Allmusic: Rod Stewart ~ retrieved January 7, 2014 © Allmusic

Rod Stewart ~ Ranked #59 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008.

In 2008 two Rod Stewart albus made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ Every Picture Tells A Story (1971) ~ Gasoline Alley (1970)

The (Small) Faces

Ronnie Lane invited Marriott to jam with his band at a show they were playing at a local club - the gig was a disaster, but out of that show the group members decided to turn their talents toward American R&B. The band - with Marriott now installed permanently and Jimmy Winston recruited on organ - cast its lot with a faction of British youth known as the mods, stylish posers (and arch enemies of the leather-clad rockers, sometimes with incredibly violent results) who, among their other attributes, affected a dandified look and a fanatical embrace of American R&B. The quartet, now christened the Small Faces (‘face’ being a piece of mod slang for a fashion leader), began making a name for themselves on-stage, sparked by their no holds barred performance style. ~ Allmusic: The Small Faces ~ retrieved April 24, 2014 © Allmusic

The (Small) Faces ~ Inducted in the 2012 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ They began as the Small Faces, a band of mod rockers who embraced soul and psychedelia in the latter half of the Sixties. Then they became the Faces, a rollicking band of pub-rockers who barnstormed their way through the first half of the Seventies. ~ 2012 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

In 2008 two (Small) Faces albums made it to the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die ~ A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse (1971) ~ Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (1968)

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