Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE, is a British rock singer-songwriter. Born and raised in London, he is of English and Scottish ancestry. Stewart is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
He has had six consecutive number one albums in the UK, and his tally of 62 UK hit singles includes 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has had 16 top ten singles in the US, with four reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2007, he received a CBE at Buckingham Palace for services to music.
With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then with Faces, though his music career had begun in 1962 when he took up busking with a harmonica. In October 1963 he joined the Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist, then in 1964 he joined Long John Baldry and the All Stars. Later, in August 1964, he also signed a solo contract, releasing his first solo single, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”, in October of the same year. He maintained a solo career alongside a group career, releasing his debut solo album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album), in 1969. His early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. His aggressive blues work with The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces influenced heavy metal genres. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart’s music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and 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, and No. 59 on Rolling Stone 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 was inducted a second time into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, as a member of the Faces.
“Love Is” is the first song and lead single on Another Country, the twenty-ninth studio album by British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. It was released on 23 October 2015 through Capitol Records. It was produced by Stewart and Kevin Savigar.
Love Is – Rod Stewart
And so you come to me with your questions
On a subject on which I’m well-versed
Though I’m still as dumbfounded as the first time I found her
It’s either a blessing or a curse
Although I cannot offer solutions
It would be reckless of me to try
Cause it’s mystified man ever since time began
But hold on to your hat and I’ll try
Love is like a burning arrow
It can pierce the coldest heart
Love is warm, love is patient
And the craziest thing you’ll ever start
I recall when I was a young man
A day I’m never allowed to forget
There was a girl that I met who I dreamed I would wed
Forever I lodged in it, so hot
She said “you gotta stop worrying about the future”
“You know we’re far too young for that”
“I wanna spread my wings like a willow in the spring”
I never saw her pretty face again
Love is life, love is yearning
It does not boast, but speaks the truth
Love is fair and knows no boundaries
And the craziest thing you’ll ever do
I wish you well in all of your travels
And may you find what you’re searching for
It’ll hit you like thunder when you find one another
And stay in your heart forevermore
Love is like a four-leaf clover
Hard to find and hold onto
Love is blind, love is tender
And the craziest thing you’ll ever do
- Audio from the 2015 album, Another Country: