Relations soon broke down between Powell and Stewart over roles within the group and Stewart departed. Contrary to popular legend, during this time Stewart likely did not play harmonica on Millie Small’s 1964 hit “My Boy Lollipop”.
That was probably Peter Hogman of the Dimensions, although Powell has also claimed credit. Powell did record and release a single during this period, though Stewart did not appear on it.
2011–present: Christmas album, autobiography and Time
In 2011, Stewart performed with Stevie Nicks on their Heart & Soul Tour. Starting on 20 March in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the tour visited arena concerts in North America – with performances in New York, Toronto, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa and Montreal, among others.
Stewart headlined the Sunday show at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling Festival on 26 June in London’s Hyde Park. Stewart signed on to a two-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, commencing on 24 August.Performing his greatest hits, the residency also saw him perform selected tracks from his upcoming, untitled blues album.
On 7 June 2012, it was announced that Stewart had signed a recording agreement with Universal Music Group. On 4 September 2012, it was announced that Stewart would be releasing his first Christmas album, titled Merry Christmas, Baby, on the Verve Music Group label (a division of Universal Music Group) on 30 October 2012.
The album was produced by David Foster and features several duets, as well as an original song written by Stewart, Foster and Amy Foster called “Red-Suited Super Man”. According to IFPI, Merry Christmas, Baby was the seventh best-selling album worldwide in 2012.
In October 2012, Stewart’s autobiography titled Rod: The Autobiography was released (exact dates vary worldwide).
In November 2012, Stewart performed “Auld Lang Syne” from his Christmas album and his hit “Sailing” at the Royal Albert Hall for the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II.
Later that month, Stewart again performed at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the Queen during the 100th Royal Variety Performance, singing “When You Wish upon a Star”.
On 26 November 2012, Stewart’s recording of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” reached the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
Stewart has had the number one song on this chart three times previously, the last being in 1993 with “Have I Told You Lately”, giving him the second-largest hiatus between number ones in the history of the chart. The song remained in the No. 1 spot for a total of five weeks, tying it for the longest-leading holiday title in the chart’s 51-year history.
On 10 December 2012, Stewart was a guest singer on Michael Bublé’s television Home for the Holidays Christmas special.
Stewart was the tenth best-selling artist in Canada in the year 2012 according to year-end sales data from Nielsen Soundscan Canada. In February 2013, Stewart was nominated for a Canadian Juno Award in the International Album of the Year category for his album Merry Christmas, Baby.
In May 2013, Stewart released Time, a rock album of his own original material. It marked a return to songwriting after what Stewart termed “a dark period for twenty years”; he said that writing his autobiography gave him the impetus to write music again.
The album entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist. Stewart’s last No. 1 on the chart had been Greatest Hits Volume 1 in 1979 and his last studio album to top the chart was 1976’s A Night on the Town.
In September 2013, Stewart presented his close friend Elton John with the first Brits Icon award in a special show at the London Palladium, recognising John’s “lasting impact” on UK culture. Stewart quipped that John was “the second-best rock singer ever”, before the two performed a duet on stage.
List of bands
During his career, Rod Stewart has been a member of a number of groups including:
Jimmy Powell and the Five Dimensions (1963)
The Hoochie Coochie Men (1964–1965)
Soul Agents (1965–1966)
Shotgun Express (1966)
The Jeff Beck Group (1966–1969)
Main article: Rod Stewart discography
Stewart’s album and single sales total have been variously estimated as more than 100 million, or at 200 million, in either case earning him a place on the list of best-selling music artists.
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