Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart
Los Angeles Times


Rod Stewart
Music: North side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Singer | Songwriter
Born Jan. 10, 1945 in London, United Kingdom

With his haystack hair and roguish strut, Rod Stewart was the quintessential British rock star of the ’60s and ’70s, and even if his musical path meandered over the years, his first three solo albums permanently installed him as one of the premier vocal interpreters of his time.

Stewart emerged in the ’60s from a series of blues-rock bands as the vocalist with the hard-rock progenitor the Jeff Beck Group, then did double duty as the singer for the good-time rockers the Faces and as a solo artist with a distinctive, folk-rooted hybrid. He broke through in the early ’70s with such timeless recordings as “Gasoline Alley,” “Maggie May” and “Every Picture Tells a Story.”

Great fortune, celebrity, supermodels and some questionable musical directions ensued, but when his career was at a low ebb in the 1990s, the longtime Los Angeles resident turned it around by reinventing himself as a crooner of pre-rock standards.

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