Friday, September 7, 2007

Rod Stewart

Roderick David Stewart, CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a Scottish singer and songwriter born and raised in London. He describes himself as a "Scottish rock singer", owing to his parentage.

With a distinctive, husky voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early '70s with The Jeff Beck Group and then the Faces and began a solo career in 1969, with his debut album "The Rod Stewart Album".

With his career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved numerous hit singles worldwide, most notably in the UK, where he has achieved six consecutive #1 albums and his tally of 62 hit singles includes 24 that went Top 10, of which six went to number one.It has been estimated that Stewart's album and single sales total more than 250 million, easily earning him a place on the list of best-selling music artists. His biggest-selling song was the 1978 disco hit "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?", which was atypical of his output, and which actually damaged his credibility amongst many critics and longtime fans.

Early life
Stewart is the youngest of five children and was born in Highgate, North London to parents who owned a newsagents shop there. His father, Robert Stewart, and his two brothers and two sisters were all born in Scotland. Rod and his mother, Elsie, are the only family members born in England. He decided to take up guitar at the young age of 11 years old.

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