Sir Roderick David Stewart CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British rock and pop singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of Scottish and English ancestry. With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart is among the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 250 million records worldwide. He has had 10 number-one albums and 31 top ten singles in the UK, six of which reached number one. Stewart has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He was knighted in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to music and charity.
Stewart’s music career began in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In 1963, he joined The Dimensions as a harmonica player and vocalist. In 1964, Stewart joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars before moving to the Jeff Beck Group in 1967. Joining Faces in 1969, he also maintained a solo career releasing his debut album that year. Stewart’s early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music, and R&B. His third album, 1971’s Every Picture Tells a Story, was his breakthrough, topping the charts in the UK, US, Canada and Australia, as did its ballad “Maggie May”. His 1972 follow-up album, Never a Dull Moment, also reached number one in the UK and Australia, while going top three in the US and Canada. Its single, “You Wear It Well”, topped the chart in the UK and was a moderate hit elsewhere.
After Stewart had a handful more UK top ten hits, the Faces broke up in 1975. Stewart’s next few hit singles were ballads with “Sailing”, off the 1975 UK and Australian number-one album, Atlantic Crossing, becoming a hit in the UK and the Netherlands (number one), Germany (number four) and other countries, but barely charting in North America. A Night on the Town (1976), his fifth straight chart-topper in the UK, began a three-album run of going number one or top three in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia with each release. That album’s “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” spent almost two months at number one in the US and Canada, and made the top five in other countries. Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977) contained the hit “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” as well as the rocker “Hot Legs”. Blondes Have More Fun (1978) and its disco-tinged “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” both went to number one in Canada, Australia and the US, with “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” also hitting number one in the UK and the top ten in other countries. Stewart’s albums regularly hit the upper rungs of the charts in the Netherlands throughout the 70s and in Sweden from 1975 onward.
After a disco and new wave period in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Stewart’s music turned to a soft rock/middle-of-the-road style, with most of his albums reaching the top ten in the UK, Germany and Sweden, but faring less well in the US. The single “Rhythm of My Heart” was a top five hit in the UK, US and other countries, with its source album, 1991’s Vagabond Heart, becoming, at number ten in the US and number two in the UK, his highest-charting album in a decade. In 1993, he collaborated with Bryan Adams and Sting on the power ballad “All for Love”, which went to number one in many countries. 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 No. 33 in Q Magazine’s list of the Top 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 he was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 as a member of Faces.
A Night on the Town is Rod Stewart’s seventh album, released in 1976. The cover art is based on Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting Bal du moulin de la Galette, with Stewart inserted in the centre in period costume. On 30 June 2009, Rhino reissued the album as a two-disc CD with bonus tracks. A Night on the Town was Stewart’s last UK number-one studio album until Time in 2013.
The album is regarded as one of Stewart’s finest. “The Killing of Georgie” is one of Stewart’s most hard hitting set of lyrics, a melancholic tale of a gay friend who is cast out by his family and becomes a sensation in the New York nightlife, only to be murdered by a New Jersey gang during an attempted robbery. Controversial “Tonight’s the Night” was a No. 1 hit but was banned by some radio stations due to the very obvious lyrics about sex and loss of virginity. A cover of Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is the Deepest” was also a success and has since become one of Stewart’s signature songs. (wikipedia)
In some ways, it’s easy to think of A Night on the Town, Rod Stewart’s second album for Warner, as a reprisal of the first, cut with many of the same musicians as Atlantic Crossing, produced once again by Tom Dowd, and even following its predecessor’s conceit of having a “Slow Side” and “Fast Side” (granted, this flips the two around, opening with the slow one first). Superficially, this seems true, but A Night on the Town has a crucial difference: despite its party-hearty title, this album finds Stewart folding folk back into his sound, a move that deepens the music tonally and emotionally, particularly in the case of “The Killing of Georgie (Pts. 1 & 2),” Rod’s most ambitious original.
A winding, sensitive narrative about the murder of a gay friend — a hate crime years before the term existed — “The Killing of Georgie” finds Stewart filtering Dylan through his own warm, conversational style, creating a remarkable work unlike anything else in his body of work, yet the song’s smooth synthesis of folk storytelling, soul, and incipient disco act as an appropriate conclusion to a side-long suite of songs of seduction, beginning with his classic come-on “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright),” running through his splendid reading of Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is the Deepest,” and his fine original “Fool for You.” On the Fast Side, Stewart has only one original — the lewd, riotous “The Balltrap” — but he more makes up for it by spinning two country classics, Gib Guilbeau’s “Big Bayou” and Hank Thompson’s “The Wild Side of Life,” into thick, Stonesy rock & roll, and turning Manfred Mann’s “Pretty Flamingo” into a rave-up. With all this in mind, A Night on the Town isn’t a revival of Atlantic Crossing, it’s its inverse, with Stewart shining as an interpreter on the fast songs and writing the best slow ones, but it’s also its equal, proving that Stewart could still stay true to his open-hearted, ragged soul while on a big budget. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
And… check the line-up !!!
Barry Beckett (keyboards)
Pete Carr (guitar)
Steve Cropper (guitar)
Jesse Ed Davis (guitar)
Donald Dunn (bass)
David Foster (keyboards)
Bob Glaub (bass)
Roger Hawkins (drums)
David Hood (bass)
Al Jackson Jr. (drums)
Plas Johnson (saxophone)
Jerry Jumonville (saxophone)
John Barlow Jarvis (keyboards)
Joe Lala (percussion)
David Lindley (guitar)
Andy Newmark (drums)
Billy Peek (guitar)
Rick Shlosser (drums)
Lee Sklar (bass)
J. Smith (keyboards)
Rod Stewart (vocals)
Fred Tackett (guitar)
Tommy Vig (percussion)
Joe Walsh (guitar)
Willie Weeks (bass),
Tower of Power horn section (french horn)
01. Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Stewart) 3.57
02. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Stevens) 4.29
03. Fool For You (Stewart) 3.48
04. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I and II) (Stewart) 6.19
05. The Balltrap (Stewart) 4.47
06. Pretty Flamingo (Barkan) 3.32
07. Big Bayou (Gilbeau) 3.55
08. The Wild Side Of Life (Carter/Walker) 5.09
09. Trade Winds (McDonald/Salter) 5.23
10. Rosie (Stewart) 4.01
CD 2 (all previously unissued)
11. Share (studio outtake) (Stewart) 4.17
The Alternate A Night On The Town (early versions)
12. Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Stewart) 3.52
13. The First Cut Is The Deepest (Stevens) 3.50
14. Fool For You (Stewart) 3.40
15. The Killing Of Georgie (Part I) (Stewart) 4.24
16. The Balltrap (Stewart) 4.44
17. Pretty Flamingo (Barkan) 3.27
18. Big Bayou (Gilbeau) 4.12
19. The Wild Side Of Life (Carter/Walker) 4.46
20. Trade Winds (McDonald/Salter) 4.46
21. Rosie (Stewart) 4.18
22. Get Back (Alternate Version) (Lennon/McCartney) 3.37
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