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Born in London, he was an extremely talented but largely unknown British folk rock singer during the 1960s. He sang in different bands, like Shotgun Express, Steampacket, Long John Baldry and Alexis Corner, one of his first meaningfull recordings was when he played a steaming mouthharp on the number one hit by Milly Small, My Boy Lollypop. In 1967, he joined the original Jeff Beck Group with guitar virtuoso Jeff Beck on lead as well as bassist Ron Wood and drummer Aynsley Dunsbar.
In 1971, Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group after already having done some work with The Faces. Stewart's 1971 solo album Every Picture Tells a Story made him a household name, and when the B-side "Maggie May" started receiving radio play, the album and the single hit #1 in both the U.S. and the UK,something witch nobody had done before,or afther for that matter. The Faces (with Stewart) also got their only U.S. top ten hit with "Stay With Me". The Faces where seen as the only band that could challenge The Rolling Stones in terms off live performences,they where even seen as the rougher rock and roll band,they where a treat to the Stones and from the beginning Keith Richards tried to buy Ron Wood away from The Faces,in witch he succeeded in 1975.
In the late 1970s, Stewart began to enter more pop-oriented music,alltough he recorded some of the best rocksongs of that era, and got another #1 hit with 1978's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" After a slump during the early 1980s, Stewart started spending less time recording music and playing the role of famous rock star. In 1993, he recorded the hit song "All For Love" with Sting and Bryan Adams for the soundtrack to the movie The Three Musketeers.
A musical featuring many of Stewart's songs opened November 7, 2003 at London's Victoria Palace theatre. It is written and directed by Ben Elton, who previously created a similar production, We Will Rock You, with music by Queen.
Rod and Ron are still good oll' lads as they are working together on an album to be recorded one of these days,or so they say. The working tittle is You'l Struth, I'll Sing and will be a back to the roots collage off songs written by Rod Stewart/Ron Wood.
Stewart has been known for his liasons with relatively attractive women, including Britt Ekland and was later married to another woman. He was quoted as saying that he'd rather have his penis cut off than cheat on her. He was later sued for divorce on the grounds of adultery.