Born and raised in North London, Rod Stewart began his musical career in 1962 as the lead singer of The Ray Davies Quartet (which later became The Kinks), a stint that did not last long. After several stints as a harmonica player and then a singer with several groups, and a short stint as a solo artist, Stewart achieved his first real success as a singer and songwriter with The Jeff Beck Group from 1967 to 1969.
While re-establishing himself as a solo artist in the late ’60s, Rod Stewart followed his friend Ronnie Wood in joining The Small Faces, which with the addition of Stewart on lead vocals and Wood on guitar was renamed The Faces. Throughout the early 1970s, he remained with The Faces while continuing to pursue a solo career, and it was during this time that Stewart enjoyed his first hit as a solo artist with the song Maggie May.
When The Faces broke up in 1975, Stewart turned his focus completely on his solo career, recording a series of hits throughout the late 1970s that included Tonight’s The Night, The First Cut Is The Deepest, You’re In My Heart, Hot Legs, and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?
Stewart continued to record and tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, picking up a variety of awards throughout that time, including induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2002, he changed his musical focus from rock and pop to standards, releasing five albums in the 2000s under “The Great American Songbook” title. These albums included songs from songwriters such as Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin. In 2007, he was awarded the title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
After a number of tours throughout the 2000s, in August 2011 Rod Stewart began a two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
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