Stewart, whose full name is Roderick David Stewart was born in
Hightgate, London on 10 Jan, 1945. Rod who was Robert and Elsie
Stewart's fifth child (and youngest at the time) . Rod's parents
owned a newsagent's shop
in North London and they lived above it. Only minutes before Rod
came into the world, the police station down the street was hit
by a German V-2 bomb and exploded.
Rod, who is most familiar
with the slightly raspy and hoarse voice is an English born
Rod is a one of a kind and has his own singing style that does
not 'quiet' fit in with any other. His huge hit, and signature
song, 'Maggie May' can stand as evidence of my former comment.
Although Rod has been on the music scene for almost fifty years
now, he started out as an apprentice footballer with Brentwood
F.C, which was based in West London. Not to worry, Rod switched
to his musical career joining (not a rock band but) a folk singer
by the name of Wizz Jones in the early 60's as a street singer
traveling around Europe which resulted in his being deported from
Spain for vagrancy! And if you thought that was strange, poor Rod
even worked as a gravedigger during this same time frame! (It's
a wonder he never wrote a song about it - wonder if it would have
been 'diggin up bones'?)
When Rod got back to mother England, his next stop
was in Birmingham where he joined up with Jimmy Powell and the
Fifth Dimensions as a vocalist and blues harp player. With Jimmy
and the 5th D, they recorded a single for Pye Records. It is believed
or so commonly purported that Rod played the blues harp for 'My
Boy Lollipop', by Millie Small's which enjoyed a
huge success back in 1964, however this can not be confirmed so
it may just be rumour.
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