Rod Stewart is best known as the pop/rock singer with a signature raspy voice, who performed from the 1960s to the present day.
He is a British singer-songwriter born Roderick David Stewart on January 10, 1945 in London, England. Born into a working-class family, Stewart excelled at soccer. He worked a series of odd jobs, including working as a grave digger, before his singing career took off.
Stewart performed in several U.K. bands in the 1960s. Embarking on a solo career, “Maggie May” became his first hit single in 1971. Moving to the U.S. in 1975, Stewart’s hit songs included “Tonight’s the Night” (1976) and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” (1978). He experienced a career lull during the 1980s and only had a few hits in the 1990s, but came back strong singing the classics in the 2000s, winning a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2004.
The 1980s proved to be more challenging for Stewart. While 1981’s Tonight I’m Yours went platinum, the albums that followed did not fare as well. He ended the decade on a positive note, however. At the age of 60, Stewart became a father for seventh time. In 2006, Stewart returned to rock music. The album reached the top of the pop charts in October of that year. The following year, he made an impressive return to songwriting with his album Time. Stewart co-wrote of many of the record’s songs as well as serving as a co-producer on the project.
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