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Rod Stewart

"Roderick David Stewart" (born January 10, 1945) is an English born singer and songwriter of Scottish descent, most known for his uniquely raspy, gravelly, hoarse-sounding voice and personable singing style, as exemplified in his signature song "Maggie May".

In a career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved 27 Top 10 hit singles worldwide.

Stewart is the youngest of five children born to Robert and Elsie Stewart in the Highgate, London. His parents moved to London and owned a newsagent's shop in North London, and the family resided above the shop. Minutes before Rod Stewart was born in Highgate, a German V-2 rocket hit the police station just down the street and exploded.

Rod Stewart had trials with Glasgow Celtic and Brentford F.C. based in West London. He soon switched to a career in music joining folk singer Wizz Jones in the early 1960s as a street singer travelling around Europe; this resulted in his being deported from Spain for vagrancy. Stewart also worked as a gravedigger during this period.

Rod Stewart returned to London in 1964 and joined Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions as a vocalist and blues harp player. He and the band recorded a ...

country London, England
years active 1964—
music genre Rock and roll
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