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The Many Faces And Phases Of Rod Stewart

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Few singers have been as acclaimed or sold as many records as legendary British vocalist Rod Stewart, who turned 68 yesterday. His career spans five decades and covers so much artistic territory that it is not uncommon for fans of one era to be unfamiliar with his work from another. He first started putting out records at the height of the mid ‘60s Swinging London era as Rod “The Mod” Stewart before being recruited as the front-man for guitar great Jeff Beck’s post-Yardbirds group along with future Rolling Stone Ron Wood. After leaving the temperamental Beck behind, before what could have been a career-making Woodstock appearance, Stewart split time recording critically lauded solo albums and cutting raucous hard rock with Wood in The Faces. Such dueling ambitions created friction in the much-beloved group and when they split for good in 1975 Rod moved to the States and continued his ascent as one of the ‘70s biggest stars. Read more…