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Record company —J-Records, Fifth Ave. Sidelights Rod Stewart, perhaps the most popular British rocker of the s, has enjoyed platinum record sales, seemingly permanent celebrity, an equally permanent place on classic rock radio, wealth, and the company of countless beautiful young women.
Yet he has also suffered a year assault on his reputation from the music press, eternally disappointed that he forsook his early '70s blend of rowdy rock-and-roll with rough, poignant folk music for a slick pop sound, heartstring-snapping ballads, and lyrics that celebrate his own playboy decadence.
At his best, wrote critic Jon Pareles in the New York TimesStewart is "one of rock's more appealing personas—a rueful working-class rake, well aware of love's pratfalls but sincere when he pledges his devotion. He toured Europe with Wizz Jones, a folk singer. Stewart's first moment of rock stardom came as lead singer of the Jeff Beck Group, named after the band's guitarist, formerly of the mid-'60s British blues-rock band the Yardbirds.
Stewart's wildly emotional vocals fit well with Beck's heavy, dramatic guitar work. Together, on the albums Truth and Beck-Ola —"exercises in brilliant bombast," as Rolling Stone 's Rod stewart street fighting man single of Stewart puts it—they helped establish the heavy, pre-metal, blues-based rock sound that Jimi Hendrix and Cream were also exploring and that would soon make Led Zeppelin famous.
Inas Beck recovered from a car accident, Stewart and Beck's bass player, Ron Wood, left the band. The songs Stewart wrote himself were poignant character sketches of misfits and people down on their luck. The combination of Wood's slide guitar and Stewart's gravelly voice was even more successful than Beck and Stewart's collaboration.
Stewart and Wood soon joined the band the Small Faces, whose lead singer had just left. After putting out their first album, First Stepin the spring ofwhich established them as a sloppy but fun band with a heavy Rolling Stones influence, the group renamed itself the Faces.
For the next four years, Stewart and Wood worked together on roughly two albums a year, both Stewart albums and Faces albums. On his second solo album, Gasoline Alleyreleased in the fall ofStewart began to establish a reputation as an excellent interpreter of Bob Dylan songs by covering Dylan's folk song "Only A Hobo.
It included Stewart's best-known song, still played relentlessly on classic rock stations: Stewart has said it was based on an actual affair he had with an older woman when he was 15 or The band, estranged by earlyofficially broke up inand Wood went on to join the Rolling Stones.
Rock critics began to turn against Stewart with the release of his next solo album, Smilerin Though recorded in the same style as his previous efforts, it showed he was in something of a rut. InStewart began a romance with Britt Ekland, a Swedish actress.
He also decided to move to the United States because of a dispute with the British government over his taxes.
His next album, Atlantic Crossingcommemorated his move and marked his transition from rock toward pop music. A Night on the Town fromhad a similar slick pop sound, but also featured ambitious songwriting.
On the latter, Stewart embraced disco.
Around this time, he married model Alana Hamilton; they went on to have two children, Kimberly and Sean. Inon Tonight I'm YoursStewart updated his sound with then-popular new wave and synth pop styles. But his career took a downturn soon after, both in record sales and musical quality.
He released a few singles during the s, such as "Lost in You" and a cover of Dylan's "Forever Young," that were well-crafted enough to hit the pop charts but soft enough to disappoint old fans.
A profile in People found him going through a bitter divorce from his first wife, Alana, after five years of marriage, and becoming more frugal after years of outrageous spending. Not gone were Stewart's playboy antics; at 39, he was dating a year-old model, Kelly Emberg, and several other women.
He eventually had a daughter, Ruby, with Emberg.Fox 5 NY, New York News, Breaking News, weather, sports, traffic, entertainment. Lyrics for the song Street Fighting Man by Rod Stewart. Street Fighting Man music video. Find a Rod Stewart - Street Fighting Man first pressing or reissue.
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