106607202 Video Classics: Rod Stewart, Every Picture Tells A Story

Rod Stewart (Ethan Miller, Getty Images)

If you count the professional singing audition he had at age 16 in 1961, then you can say that 2011 marks [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rod Stewart’s[/lastfm] 50th year in show business. But you have to go back to the early side of his half-century on stage to find the work against which all his subsequent music has been measured.

In 1970, Stewart recorded the album Every Picture Tells a Story, which would be released the following year. It was critically acclaimed, and ever since he has, to some extent, been playing catch-up with himself.

The album was Stewart’s third studio effort under his own name. He had been enjoying a reasonably successful career up to this point, but Every Picture catapulted him into the position of rock luminary. It even earned him a rock music first for a single artist, as it went on to hold the top spot in both the U.S. and the U.K. while one of the album’s singles (“Maggie May“) held the top song spot in both countries.

In the video below, a somewhat knackered Stewart (as they might say in Rod’s Britain) performs the first (and title) track to the album, “Every Picture Tells a Story.” Well, he performs most of it–astute Stewart fans will note he leaves out a bit in the middle….


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