Copyright by Flora Breen Robison
From English R&B Singer to British Rock Star to American Songbook Singer
English citizen Rod Stewart has been recording and performing for over forty years and is showing no signs of slowing down. He belonged to several British bands before and in between periods as a solo singer before becoming a soloist full time. These include early versions of The Kinks before they were called The Kinks, and also The Dimensions.
In two other bands Stewart joined, he performed alongside bass guitarist Ron Wood who would find even greater fame with The Rolling Stones. The first group was The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960’s-known for R&B music-and the second was Faces. Faces was originally called Small Faces because the members were all short,but the name had to change when Stewart joined as he is quite tall. In between Stewart’s solo efforts and Wood performing for The Rolling Stones, both of them toured with Faces. When Faces broke up in 1975, Stewart become a solo singer star full time.
Over the next few decades, Stewart reached extreme highs and lows in his career. He has recorded almost 450 songs: some of them he wrote or co-wrote himself, some were written by others for him, and some were covers of other people’s music. He has sold over 100 million records and is still recording albums. Starting in this century, Stewart decided to change his career path again by switching from rock to the the Great American Songbook. His career is as hot as it has ever been with his singing standards first made famous in the 1920s, 1930s, or 1940’s.
The following poem is based upon his iconic hits from the 1970s as well as hits he had when I was a teenager in the later 1980’s and early 1990s-*not* the songs from the Great American Songbook, though I love jazz music.
The Rod Stewart Poem
This Old Heart of Mine needs reassurance
That you’re no longer Crazy About Her;
I Feel that I’m Losing You to the memory of Maggie May.
Stop living in the past and focus on the present.
I Was Only Joking when I said I wasn’t bothered,
But My Heart Can’t Tell You No, so I pretended.
Tonight’s The Night I’m asking you please
To throw away the Broken Arrow of love past.
Find A Reason To Believe in yourself and in us.
Rod Stewart as a rock star in 1976 performing for Norwegian fans