Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about British rock singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart.
Rod Stewart is a British rock singer and songwriter, that was born and raised in London, and of Scottish and English ancestry.
Before becoming a famous singer and songwriter, Rod Stewart used to work as a gravedigger at High Gate Cemetery, which is designated on the English heritage register of parks and garden of special historic interest.
Stewart is known for his distinctive raspy singing voice, and he came to prominence during the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with the group Faces, although he actually began his music career in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica.
When Rod Stewart decided to start his own solo career, his first albums were a fusion of folk music, rock, soul music, and R&B. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, his music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s, Stewart released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.
In 1981, when MTV launched, they did not have many videos available because most American artists didn't make them. On the other hand, Rod Stewart had already made several videos, and because of that was able to gain significant exposure on the network.
Rod Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records all over the world. Stewart has had six consecutive No.1 albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that made it the Top 10, six of them topping the chart. He also has had 16 Top 10 singles in the US, four of them topping the Billboard Hot 100.
In 1994, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2006 into the UK Music Hall of Fame. He was also knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
The song "Baby Jane" was written by Rod Stewart whilst his bass guitarist Jay Davis wrote the music to the song.
Rod Stewart said that he puts writing the words off until the last minute. Instead, he simply hums and hahs along, while the band are playing.
Then, Stewart starts singing whatever comes to mind and nine times out of ten, that will be the title of the song.
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