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Rod Stewart

1945

Roderick David Stewart (a.k.a. Rod Stewart) is born in London.

1964

Rod Stewart’s first single, “Good Morning Little School Girl,” is released in Britain. It fails to chart and Stewart will not, in fact, make the Top Forty as a solo artist until the 1971 release of “Reason to Believe”/”Maggie May.”

1968

The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Beck, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and Mickey Waller, makes its American performance debut at the Fillmore East in New York City.

1968

The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart on lead vocals, releases its debut album, ‘Truth.’ It fails to chart in the U.K. but reaches #15 in the U.S.

1969

‘Beck-Ola,’ the second album by the Jeff Beck Group (with Rod Stewart on vocals), enters the U.S. album charts. Like it’s predecessor, ‘Truth,’ it reaches #15.

1969

Vocalist Rod Stewart and bassist Ronnie Wood leave the Jeff Beck Group to join the Small Faces (later amended to, simply, the Faces). Wood reverts from bass to guitar, his original instrument.

1969

Rod Stewart releases his first solo album, entitled ‘An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down’ in the U.K. and ‘The Rod Stewart Album’ in the U.S.

1970

‘First Step,’ the first album by the re-formed Small Faces, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood having replaced vocalist/guitarist Steve Marriott, is released.

1970

Rod Stewart’s second album, ‘Gasoline Alley,’ enters the U.S. charts, where it will peak at #27. The album contains the favorites “It’s All Over Now,” “Cut Across, Shorty” and the title track.

1971

Almost exactly a year to the day after the appearance of ‘Gasoline Alley’, Rod Stewart releases his self-produced masterpiece, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story.’ It tops the Billboard album chart for four weeks.

1971

“Maggie May” b/w “Reason to Believe,” by Rod Stewart, becomes a double-sided hit, topping the singles chart for the first of five weeks.

1972

‘Never a Dull Moment,’ Rod Stewart’s fourth solo album, hits #1 in the U.K. It will reach #2 in the U.S. and launch a pair of hit singles in both countries

1975

Rod Stewart pointedly references his move from England to America with a new album (’Atlantic Crossing’) for a new label (Warner Bros.)

1976

“Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” by Rod Stewart, tops the singles chart for the first of seven weeks.

1977

“First Cut Is the Deepest,” Rod Stewart’s interpretation of a Cat Stevens songs, is lodged at #1 in the U.K., holding the Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” at bay.

1979

13 of the 23 #1 songs are disco, including Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”, and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”; “Disco Demolition Night” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, hosted by Steve Dahl, spearheads “Disco Sucks” movement

1979

Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” tops the singles charts for the first of four weeks. It owns the distinction of being the first 48-track 12-inch disco remix.

1980

Rod Stewart kicks off his first tour in three years, supporting a strong new album (’Tonight I’m Yours’) that yields another pair of hits

1981

“Passion,” from Rod Stewart’s ‘Foolish Behaviour’ album, hits #5.

1984

“Infatuation,” from Rod Stewart’s ‘Camouflage’ album, hits #6. “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” from the same album, follows it into the Top Ten in October.

1985

Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck team up for a version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” which appears on Beck’s album ‘Flash.’

1989

Rod Stewart’s version of Tom Waits’ “Downtown Train” enters the Top Forty, where it will peak at #3 – his highest showing in more than a decade. It is also his 25th Top Forty U.S. single.

1990

Rod Stewart’s recut version of the Isley Brothers’ “This Old Heart of Mine,” with Ronald Isley on duet vocals, enters the Top Forty.

1991

Rod Stewart releases ‘Vagabond Heart,’ which will peak at #10 – his most successful showing since ‘Blondes Have More Fun’ topped the chart in 1979.

1993

Rod Stewart tapes an “MTV Unplugged” appearance, which airs on May 5th.

1993

The CD version of Rod Stewart’s “Unplugged” session, entitled ‘Unplugged...And Seated,’ hits #2 for the first of five weeks.

1994

Rod Stewart is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner. Jeff Beck is his presenter. Stewart himself misses the ceremony because of the Los Angeles earthquake two days earlier.

1994

Rod Stewart’s ‘Greatest Hits, Volume I & II’ receives its third platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, signifying sales of more than 3 million copies.

1994

Rod Stewart performs on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro for an audience of 4.2 million people. He make into the Guinness Book of World Records for staging the largest outdoor concert in history.

1998

Rod Stewart releases ‘When We Were the New Boys,’ which contains songs by Oasis, the Waterboys, Elvis Costello, Graham Parker and Nick Lowe – as well as the Faces and Stewart himself.

2000

Rod Stewart releases ‘Human,’ the 21st album of his career – not counting best-ofs, compilations and repackagings or his work with the Faces (five albums) and Jeff Beck Group (two albums). Whew!