Roderick David Stewart (born 10 January 1945) is an English singer-songwriter who's probably most famousor infamousfor 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.
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"Every Trope Tells a Story":
- Babies Ever After: Young Turks is about a teen couple, Billy and Patti, who run away from home and start anew. To show that everything turns out great, the last line of the song (before a repeat of the chorus) is, "Patti gave birth to a ten pound baby boy! YEAH!"
- Chewing the Scenery: He...clearly had fun singing "Hot Legs"."I love ya, HONAAYYY!"
- Cover Album: Increasingly prevalent in later years, including albums of swing, rock and soul covers.
- Cover Version: 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 Elvis Presley's version; "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" by Bob Dylan; "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by The Temptations; "Reason to Believe" by Tim Hardin).
- Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: "Maggie May". Stewart was sexually abused by an older woman in his teens, and the song is about his experience
- '80s Hair: One of the most notorious male offenders.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Rod is famous for this. He named one of his albums basically after the trope.
- Forever Young Song: "Forever Young".
- Gratuitous French: The whispers at the end of "Tonight's the Night", courtesy of Britt Ekland, Stewart's then-girlfriend.
- Harsh Vocals: 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.
- Homophobic Hate Crime: The Killing of Georgie (Part I & II) was inspired by the Real Life murder of a gay friend during the 1970s.
- Intercourse with You: 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".
- Mrs. Robinson: "Maggie May"
- Non-Appearing Title: "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...")
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Said word for word in "Infatuation".
- Parental Love Song: "Forever Young"
- Refrain from Assuming: 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".
- Sexy Discretion Shot: 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...
- She's Got Legs: The girl he's singing about in "Hot Legs".
- Shout-Out: "The Motown Song"
- Silly Love Songs: "Tonight's The Night," "Reason to Believe," "You're in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)," "My Heart Can't Tell You No," etc.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Whenever he's singing, he completely ditches his strong Scottish accent.
- Stealth Parody: "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy" was a parody of disco culture that was taken seriously by the anti-disco backlash.
- Urban Legend: The infamous "Stomach pump" 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.
- Vocal Evolution: Surprisingly averted, especially with his 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.