It established the template for his solo sound: a heartfelt mixture of folk, rock, and country blues, inclusive of a British working-class sensibility, with both original material ("Cindy's Lament" and the title song) and cover versions (Ewan Mac Coll's "Dirty Old Town" and Mike d'Abo's "Handbags and Gladrags").
Stewart came after an eight-year gap following his youngest sibling; he was born at home during World War II.
Stewart's father had played in a local amateur team and managed some teams as well, and one of Stewart's earliest memories were the pictures of Scottish players such as George Young and Gordon Smith that his brothers had on the wall.
Stewart had spent the better part of two years listening mostly to Cooke; he later said, "I didn't sound like anybody at all ...
but I knew I sounded a bit like Sam Cooke, so I listened to Sam Cooke." Stewart later disparaged Shotgun Express as a poor imitation of Steampacket, and said "I was still getting this terrible feeling of doing other people's music.
His father was Scottish and had been a master builder in Leith, Edinburgh, while Elsie was English and had grown up in Upper Holloway in North London.
Married in 1928, the couple had two sons and two daughters while living in Scotland, and then they moved to Highgate.In 1994, Stewart staged the largest free rock concert in history when he performed in front of 3.5 million people in Rio de Janeiro.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 Faces.Faces released their début album First Step in early 1970 with a rock and roll style similar to the Rolling Stones.While the album did better in the UK than in the US, the Faces quickly earned a strong live following.Stewart's "Rod the Mod" image gained wider visibility in November 1965, when he was the subject of a 30-minute Rediffusion, London television documentary titled "An Easter with Rod" that portrayed the Mod scene.