Sir Rod Stewart
Knighted by the Prince William for his services to music and charity.
|Net Worth:||$ 200 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Singer|
|Born:||January 10, 1945|
|Birth Name:||Roderick David Stewart|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78m)|
Rod Stewart is a British rock singer-songwriter and is known for his raspy voice. He is one of the best-selling music artists with more than 100 million record sales worldwide. His album, ‘Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume III’ received a Grammy for the ‘Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album’. In 2007, he was awarded his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008 he was ranked 17th as the most successful artist on The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists.
Roderick David Stewart was born on January 10, 1945 in London, England. Stewart went to Highgate Primary School where he failed the eleven-plus exam in his final year. He later attended the William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School. Stewart’s family have always been fans of football and Stewart would go onto become captain of the school football team. With the ambition of pursuing a career as a footballer, he dropped out from school at the age of 15.
Their family also loved singing and playing the hits of singer Al Jolson. His interest for rock and roll genre rose when he heard ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ by Little Richard. Seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert also inspired him. In January 1959, his father purchased him a guitar. He also learned how to play harmonica and piano in the early 1960s.
Stewart’s first singing career was being a member of The Ray Davies Quartet and later became the lead singer. In August 1964, he signed with Decca Records but was able to release his first album, An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down, in 1969.
In 1971, he released Every Picture Tells a Story which ranked #1 in the US and the UK. It was then followed by more #1 albums in the UK such as Smiler (1974), Atlantic Crossing (1975), and A Night on the Town (1976). He has released 12 albums and 11 singles that ranked #1 in the U.S. and UK. Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977), Out of Order (1988), and Merry Christmas, Baby (2012) are some of those albums.
Stewart’s single Maggie May from Every Picture Tells a Story album brought him to stardom. It became part of The Rock and Roll of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. From being ignored to becoming one of the biggest rock stars in the world. The song is about a fictionalized sexual experience, which was based on his experience in the Beaulieu Jazz Festival in 1961. During the festival, he lost his virginity to an older woman in a beer tent.
The song Forever Young is part of his Out of Order album. It ranked 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as 7th on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts. He co-wrote the song with guitarist Jim Cregan and keyboardist Kevin Savigar.
"I love 'Forever Young', because it was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realized I'd missed to many years of Sean and Kimberly's life due to touring all the time. With my kids now, I don't make that same mistake -- I bring them on tour with me, so I can watch them grow up. So that's another favourite.” - Rod Stewart
I Don’t Want To Talk About It was originally recorded by Crazy Horse and was covered by Stewart in 1989. It ranked number 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart and had received extensive airplay in the US. During his 2004 tour, he sang the song with Amy Belle.
As of January 2020, Stewart’s estimated net worth is $240 million. He gained his wealth mainly through successful albums and single sales.
Stewart has four daughters and four sons from three different mothers. He first married actress Alana Stewart on April 6, 1979. The pair had a daughter and a son, namely Kimberly and Sean. They got divorced in 1984. He then wedded model Rachel Hunter on December 15, 1990. The pair had two children: Renee and Liam. They split in January 1999 while their divorce was finalized on November 2, 2006.
Stewart met model and photographer Penny Lancaster in 1999 when the latter offered to take the her photos while on the tour. The two welcomed their first child, Alastair Wallace, on November 27, 2005 followed by Aiden Patrick on February 17, 2011. The couple got married on June 16, 2007.
Sarah Street is the eldest daughter of Stewart from his teenage love Susannah Boffey. She was born in 1963 and was raised by adoptive parents.
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