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Rod Stewart :

Rod's version of the Tom Waits song "Downtown Train" was taken from 'Storyteller', a 4 CD compilation set. Another album, 'The Vagabond Heart' ensued continued ascendancy with "Rhythm of My Heart" and "Motown Song" both making the top 10.

In 1993, a movie for which Rod, Sting and Bryan Adams did 'All For Love' for the soundtrack to The Three Musketeers assured the singe a number one position in the US charts. Also, in 1993, Rod reunited with Ron Wood and a very talented backup group to record MTV's Unplugged special. For the very first time, some of Rod's tunes from his early career days were done their due justice. Among the songs were, 'Handbags and Gladrags', 'Cut Across Shortly and four other selections from 'Every Picture Tells A Story.' The show also featured the acoustic version of Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately" which topped the Billboard adult contemporary chart and went top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. A rendering of "Reason to Believe" was also given consideration for the show. The 'Unplugged' album hit number 2 on the album charts and earned him an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

The hits just came pouring out and in 1995, Rod released 'A Spanner In The Works' which contained a cover of Tom Petty's "Leave Virginia Alone" making the top 10 of the adult contemporary charts. By the latter half of the 1990s Rod's career was slowing down for another breather so his successes were sparse with 'If We Fall In Love Tonight' making a poor impression on the charts.

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