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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.
His parallel solo career attempts continued on EMI's Columbia label with the November 1965 release of "The Day Will Come", a more heavily arranged pop attempt, and the April 1966 release of his take on Sam Cooke's "Shake", with the Brian Auger Trinity.
Stewart had spent the better part of two years listening mostly to Cooke; he later said, "I didn't sound like anybody at all ...
An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down became Stewart's first solo album in 1969 (it was known as The Rod Stewart Album in the US).
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").
While the album did better in the UK than in the US, the Faces quickly earned a strong live following.
In October 1963, he joined The Dimensions as a harmonica player and part-time vocalist.
That was probably Peter Hogman of the Dimensions, although Powell has also claimed credit.
Baldry heard him playing "Smokestack Lightnin'" on his harmonica, and invited him to sit in with the group (which passed into his hands and was renamed the Hoochie Coochie Men when Cyril Davies died of endocarditis on 7 January); when Baldry discovered Stewart was a singer as well, he offered him a job for £35 a week, after securing the approval of Stewart's mother.
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.
I think you can only start finding yourself when you write your own material." During its first year, the group experienced frequent changes of drummers and conflicts involving manager Mickie Most wanting to reduce Stewart's role; they toured the UK, and released a couple of singles that featured Stewart on their B-sides.