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Born in forty-five in Highgate, North London, Rod Stewart stood as the youngest of five and in comparison to many pop and rock stars Rod Stewart’s childhood was self-described as “fantastically happy”. While his family were neither wealthy nor poor, being the youngest, Stewart admits to being spoilt much of his childhood. A typical British family, Stewart grew up around the focus of football, with his father having played and managed a number of amateur teams, naturally Rod Stewart became a talented footballer and a strong support of Arsenal F.C. Of course, as you can probably guess Rod Stewart’s introduction to rock music left the biggest impression, and when his father bought him a guitar in fifty-nine, the first song he learned was the folk song “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song” .
Suffice to say, having been born into the sixties, Stewart soon gravitated towards the beatnik attitudes and left-wing politics, becoming an active support of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and joining the Aldermaston Marches three years in a row! This ultimately lead to the occasional run-in with the fuzz, and Stewart was arrested on three occasions for taking part in sit-ins at Trafalgar Square and Whitehall, he has also admitted to using the marches as a way to meet and impress girls (with successful results)!
Sixty-two proved a particularly hectic year for the rebellious teenager. Hanging around folk singer Wizz Jones, Stewart began busking on the streets, and in turn learning to play the then-very-fashionable harmonica! The two musicians then decided to branch out, and after staying in Brighton for a stint, the two moved to Paris and then to Barcelona! The final result ended up with Stewart being rounded up and deported from Spain for vagrancy! Oddly enough this was also the year that Stewart was considered as a likely candidate to be the lead singer for the Kinks. So don’t miss out and remember to grab those tickets for Rod Stewart!
The following year Rod Stewart adopted the Mod lifestyle and look that he became iconic for. Fashioning his trademark, spiky, rooster hairstyle (The secret being sugar water, or his sisters’ hair lacquer and an extensive amount of backcombing), Stewart sought after a more resilient form of music after becoming disillusioned by rock and roll’s fickle nature. Ever on the search for something greater, Stewart stumbled upon the works of Otis Redding prompting his fascination with R&B and Soul. Upon his return to London, Stewart joined the R&B blues group, the Dimensions as a harmonica player, only on occasion providing vocals. His first professional job as a musician, Stewart’s group soon gained the attention of established singer Jimmy Powell, who enlisted them with the band becoming Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions. Performing at the famous Studio 51 club, Stewart spent many nights watching The Rolling Stones headline, and attributes his improvement of the harmonica from watching Mick Jagger perform! His tenure within the Dimensions didn’t last long, after disputes with Powell about roles within the band, lead to Stewart’s dismissal.
In nineteen sixty-four, Stewart found himself with yet another job in a band, being paid thirty-five pounds a week to play harmonica and sing for Long John Baldry and the All Stars! At nineteen, Baldry would not contract Stewart unless he had the approval of Stewart’s mother, and after securing consent, Stewart quit his day job. Over the time, he soon overcame his shyness and nerves, becoming a visible enough part of the act that he was even billed as “Rod the Mod” Stewart! Furthermore, Stewert’s abilities were praised by Baldry in Melody Maker magazine, and it wasn’t long when Stewart made his recording debut, appearing on the track (Albeit without credit) “Up Above My Head”! Ever the determined young man, Stewart managed to make a couple of demo recordings and was soon scouted by Decca Records, who signed him to a solo contract! Appearing on a number of regional television shows around the country, Decca Records originally recommended material for Stewart to perform, however with Rod deciding the material was deemed to commercial for him, he insisted that the experienced session musicians he was given, including legendary multi-instrumentalist John Paul Jones, should learn and perform a couple of Sonny Boy Williamson songs. Not long after his own debut single released, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” and although it was performed on the tele program Ready Steady Go! it still failed to chart. Things began to heat up further when Stewart left John Baldry’s band after a heated altercation with Baldry.
It’s safe to say that Stewart’s life reads as how-to-guide in becoming a rock legend, so don’t miss out the chance in seeing him live and get your Rod Stewart tickets right here, at StubHub!