Rod Stewart
(1945-present)

Aged 74

Sir Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top ten, six of which gained the #1 position. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and the early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group, and then with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963, he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars, and in August, Stewart signed a solo contract, releasing his first single, "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", in October. He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album, An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down in 1969. Stewart's early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart's music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s, he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 17th most successful artist on the "Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists". A Grammy and Brit Award recipient, he was voted at #33 in Q Magazine's list of the Top 100 Greatest Singers of all time, and #59 on Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers of all time. As a solo artist, Stewart was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.

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The Orford Cellar In the 1960s the Orford Cellar hosted performances from rock legends Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Geno Washington, courtesy of local impresario Howard Platt.The place to try out a new line-up before touring, the Orford also featured long lived and popular local acts including Lucas and The Emperors and The Continentals

Red Lion Street, Norwich, United Kingdom where they performed

Pompey Pop. Site of The Birdcage Club. Rikki Farr originally opened the club at Kimbells on 25th February 1965 and later transferred it to a building that stood on this site in August 1965. The club ran until August 1967. Among bands who appeared here were The Who, The Moody Blues, The Action, Cream, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Geno Washington, David Bowie, Small Faces, Spencer Davis & Georgie Fame 1960s Heritage Site

114 Eastney Road, Portsmouth, United Kingdom where they played

The Blue Moon Club 170 High St, Cheltenham July 1965 - May 1967. Jimi Hendrix, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, The Action and many more musicians of the era played here.

170 High Street, Cheltenham, United Kingdom where they played