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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Is the main character of "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" a perverted creep trying to force an unwilling virgin to have sex with him, or is he a nice boyfriend who's trying to convince the girl (who truly loves him and wants it as much as he does, but is a little nervous) that everything's gonna be fine?
  • Awesome Music: His first four albums, at the bare minimum, are classic rock & roll all the way through. Every Picture Tells a Story is generally considered the crown jewel of his solo discography. He's also been on several classic albums as a member of other groups, including Jeff Beck's Truth and most of Faces' output.
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    • His version of "Reason to Believe" is much better known than Tim Hardin's original version. Likewise his version of "Downtown Train" by Tom Waits was a top three Billboard hit unlike the original.
    • There's also "Sailing" and "I Don't Want To Talk About It" from the previous decade.
    • His version of "The First Cut Is The Deepest" is also arguably the most iconic, to the point that most people aren't aware it was originally written by Cat Stevens.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Americans love Rod Stewart's "Forever Young". The song did OK but not great in his native UK (it peaked at #57 there), but made the top 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the States. To quote Mojo magazine's 1995 interview of Stewart:
    Rod Stewart: "I love 'Forever Young', because that was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realized I'd missed a good five years of Sean and Kimberly's life because I was so busy touring all the time. With these kids now I don't make that mistake- I take them on tour with me, so I can watch them grow up. So that's another favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit in England, but it's like a national anthem here (America)."
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  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Elton John. Well, Elton's sexuality aside, anyway...
  • Ho Yay: A bit of this between him and Ronnie Wood. Watch this performance and see if there isn't *something* between those two.
  • Older Than They Think: Okay, you know that really cheesy theme song from Star Trek: Enterprise, "Where My Heart Will Take Me?" Yeah? Well, that was originally sung by Rod Stewart - it was titled "Faith Of The Heart" and it was on the Patch Adams soundtrack.
  • Signature Song: "Maggie May”.
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