Mr. Stewart, who turned 68 on Jan. 10, has announced that he will be embarking on a U.S. tour in April with Steve Winwood, a fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who was a key member of the seminal groups The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith. Starting on Jan. 23, Mr. Stewart will be performing his hits at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for two weeks. The List this week counts down Mr. Stewart’s Top Ten songs.
- 10. “All For Love” (1993): Co-written by Bryan Adams for the 1993 movie “The Three Musketeers,” the song was recorded by Mr. Adams, Mr. Stewart and Sting. The song was a worldwide hit. It reached No. 1 in the U.S. and spent 20 weeks on the charts. It topped out at No. 2 in the United Kingdom.
- 9. “Rhythm Of My Heart” (1991): This song appeared on the “Vagabond Heart” album and reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the U.K. At some concerts, Mr. Stewart dedicated the song to troops fighting in Iraq. The song was used in a bar scene in the 2000 film “The Perfect Storm.”
- 8. “The First Cut Is The Deepest” (1977):Cat Stevens wrote this song in 1967 and appeared on Mr. Stevens‘ “New Masters” album. Mr. Stewart’s recorded the classic for his “A Night On The Town” album. It became a huge hit for the London-born singer, reaching No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 21 in America.
- 7. “Have I Told You Lately” (1993): The song was written by Irish singer Van Morrison for his 1989 “Avalon Sunset” album. Two years later, Mr. Stewart recorded it for his “Vagabond Heart” album. It reached No. 5 on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
- 6. “Downtown Train” (1989): Mr. Stewart scored a No. 3 hit on the Billboard charts and a Grammy nomination with this Tom Waits song. Jeff Beck played slide guitar on the song and appeared in the music video. The song reached No. 1 in Canada and No. 10 in the U.K.
- 5. “Reason to Believe” (1971 and 1993): Written by American folk singer Tim Harden, this song was recorded by Rod Stewart in 1971 and 1993. When it was first released as a single by Mr. Stewart, it was overshadowed by the song on the flipside, “Maggie May,” and only reached No. 62 on the Billboard charts. A live, “unplugged” version by Mr. Stewart and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones reached No. 19. Mr. Wood was in the band the Faces with Mr. Stewart in the early 1970s.
- 4. “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim)” (1977): This emotional song was written by Mr. Stewart about his breakup with actress Britt Ekland. Some have interpreted the song as Mr. Stewart’s love for soccer. The line “You’re Celtic, United, but baby I’ve decided, you’re the best team I’ve ever seen” is a reference to his two favorite teams, Glasgow Celtic (Scottish) and Manchester United (English). The song reached No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 3 in the U.K.
- 3. “Some Guy Have All The Luck” (1985): From the album “Maybe My Baby,” this song reached No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 15 on the U.K. charts. It was written by 1971 Yale graduate Jeff Fortgang, who went on to get a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and still works in the mental health field in the Boston area. The Persuaders had a No. 39 hit with the song in the U.S. in 1973.
- 2. “You Wear It Well” (1972): This folksy ballad was written by Mr. Stewart and Martin Quittenton from the band Steamhammer, and appeared on the album “Never a Dull Moment.” It reached No. 1 on the pop charts in Britain and No. 13 in the United States. The line “Madame Onassis got nothing on you” is a reference to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, widow of President John F. Kennedy.
- 1. “Maggie May” (1971): This song was on the B-side of the single “Reason To Believe,” but got more airplay than the A-side and became a huge No. 1 hit in America and Britain, making Mr. Stewart a superstar overnight. According to the Daily Mail, the song seemed to be cursed. Mr. Stewart’s backing singer Maggie Bell saw her fiance and bandmate Les Harvey electrocuted on stage by an unearthed microphone a few months after the song was released. Ray Jackson, the man who played the mandolin on the song went uncredited on the album and was paid less than $30, later threatened to sue Mr. Stewart. The song appeared on the album “Every Picture Tells A Story” and was written by Mr. Stewart and guitarist Mr. Quittenton, who, after a nervous breakdown, retired and lives quietly in Wales on royalties from the song.
Best of the rest: “This Old Heart of Mine,” “Sailing,” “Forever Young,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “My Heart Can’t Tell You No,” “Young Turks,” “Tonight’s The Night” and “If Not for You.”
Compiled By John Haydon
Sources: Daily Mail, songfacts.com, softmusic.com and The Washington Times
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