->''"Rod Stewart was once interviewed saying how he felt it was so wonderful to be married to his newest wife, that he'd "rather have his dick cut off" than cheat on her. That's a direct quote, by the way. Some time later, Rod "Spread your wings and let me come inside" Stewart is sued for divorce from his wife on the grounds of adultery."''
-->-- '''The Dominator''', ''The Takeover Man''

Roderick David "Rod" Stewart (born 10 January 1945) is an English singer-songwriter who's probably most famous—or infamous—for his sexually-charged songs, such as "Tonight's the Night", which discusses seduction of a virgin (including an almost explicit description of him demanding she let him get inside her); "Maggie May", about a teenage boy who is tired of shacking up with his much older lover; and "Young Turks", about a boy and girl who decide to run off together when their parents won't let them be together any more (probably because he got her pregnant).

He might also be famous for his numerous girlfriends and wives (and sometimes both together), including Britt Ekland, Alana Hamilton, Rachel Hunter, Penny Lancaster and others. He has one daughter from one of his wives.

He tried to be a footballer (soccer player for you Americans) and typically tosses a soccer ball out into the audience for them to bounce around. He's also known for having very rowdy hair, and he's a model train enthusiast.

He has had a considerably longer and more varied career than many people probably realize. Prior his solo success, Stewart fronted the Music/JeffBeck Group and Music/{{Faces}}.

As usual, you can find the basics at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Stewart The Other Wiki]].

!! "Every Trope Tells a Story":

* ChewingTheScenery: He...clearly had fun singing "Hot Legs".
-->"I love ya, HONAAYYY!"
* CoverAlbum: Increasingly prevalent in later years, including albums of swing, rock and soul covers.
* CoverVersion: Most of his albums have at least one or two covers on them. Some have more covers than originals, including some of his most widely loved albums (for instance, five of the eight tracks on ''Every Picture Tells a Story'' are covers: "Seems Like a Long Time" by Ted Anderson, which Stewart found on an album by Brewer & Shipley; "That's All Right" by Arthur Crudup, probably best known in Music/ElvisPresley's version; "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" by Music/BobDylan; "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by Music/TheTemptations; "Reason to Believe" by Tim Hardin).
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: "Maggie May". [[spoiler:Stewart was sexually abused by an older woman in his teens, and the song is about his experience]]
* EightiesHair: One of the most notorious male offenders.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Rod is famous for this. He named one of his albums basically after the trope.
* ForeverYoungSong: "Forever Young".
* GratuitousFrench: The whispers at the end of "Tonight's the Night", courtesy of Britt Ekland, Stewart's then-girlfriend.
* HarshVocals: The vocal style he's most known for. In actuality, though he sometimes had this style on his more uptempo or electric numbers (ie. "Hot Legs") his voice simply has rasp, even on songs the vocals couldn't be considered harsh.
* HomophobicHateCrime: ''The Killing of Georgie (Part I & II)'' was inspired by the RealLife murder of a gay friend during the 1970s.
* IntercourseWithYou: Several:
** "Maggie May" isn't entirely about this, but there is a verse where he describes the nights he spent with her.
** "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy", a tale of a one-night stand (that may or may not have led to something more in the long run).
** "Tonight's the Night", a.k.a. the one where he says "Spread your wings and let me come inside".
* MrsRobinson: "Maggie May"
* NonAppearingTitle: "Young Turks", "Lost Paraguayos", "Maggie May" (he only ever calls her "Maggie"), "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" (the chorus goes "If you want my body and you think I'm sexy...")
* OhNoNotAgain: Said word for word in "Infatuation".
* ParentalLoveSong: "Forever Young"
* RefrainFromAssuming: He did not make a song called "Young Hearts Be Free Tonight"; he did, however, make a song called "Young Turks" that has that line in the chorus.
* {{Sampling}}: The synthesised "string" melody in "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" is borrowed from Bobby Womack's 1975 song "(If You Want My Love) Put Something Down on It".
* SexyDiscretionShot: A musical version occurs in "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"; right after the main character brings his date to his apartment, we get treated to an instrumental break. The next verse starts with them waking up the next morning, making it clear what they spent that instrumental break doing...
* ShesGotLegs: The girl he's singing about in "Hot Legs".
* ShoutOut: "The Creator/{{Motown}} Song"
* SillyLoveSongs: "Tonight's The Night," "Reason to Believe," "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)," "My Heart Can't Tell You No," etc.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Whenever he's singing, he completely ditches his strong Scottish accent.
* StealthParody: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" was a parody of disco culture that was taken seriously by the [[DeaderThanDisco anti-disco backlash]].
* UrbanLegend: The infamous "Stomach pump" [[http://snopes.com/music/artists/rockstar.asp story]], which has also been attributed to other musicians.
** There was also one that he played the harmonica on Millie Small's 1964 hit "My Boy Lollipop". This one remains uncertain.
* VocalEvolution: Surprisingly averted, especially with his [[HarshVocals known style of singing]]. He's lost some range, but on certain recordings in later years he still sounds just like he did in the early 70s.