Rod Stewart

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Rumour has it that Rod Stewart had been listening to Bob Dylan long before he went electric. Truth is that four of his first five albums contain a Dylan tune. His take on ‘Tomorrow is a Long Time,’ which Elvis Presley also recorded, may be his most beautiful.

Pete Townshend once said that asking if Bob Dylan had an influence on Stewart's songwriting was like asking if air had any influence on his being able to breathe. Many entertainers claim, or their publicists claim, that they “changed the world” with their art. Bob Dylan is one of only a handful of 20th century artists who can make the claim without dissent. Dylan’s influence over popular music in the second half of the century is of course, endless. His influence over Rod Stewart is sometimes overshadowed by the more obvious influences of Sam Cooke and Al Jolson, but there are plenty of examples of Stewart being a typical Dylan disciple--especially as a songwriter.

 "Forever Young" "The Wild Horse" "You Wear it Well" and "The Killing of Georgie" all owe at least a nod to Dylan. And those are the ones that just instantly popped into my head.
Rod Stewart recorded a song titled "Forever Young", which was released as a single and included on his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was remarkably similar to the Bob Dylan song of the same title, sharing not only a similar melody but many of the same lyrics. Upon threat of a plagiarism suit, Stewart acknowledged that he had subconsciously plagiarized the older song, and agreed to share his royalties with Dylan.

First Step

First Step

1970 Small Faces featuring Rod Stewart

Wicked Messenger

Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

1970

Only A Hobo

Every Picture Tells A Story

Every Picture Tells A Story

1971

Tomorrow Is A Long Time

Never A Dull Moment

Never A Dull Moment

1972

Mama, You Been On My Mind

Smiler

Smiler

1974

Girl From The North Country

Tonight I'm Yours

Tonight I'm Yours

1981

Just Like A Woman

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Spanner In The Works

A Spanner In The Works

1995

Sweetheart Like You

This / Lady Luck

This / Lady Luck

US CD-single 1995
German CD-single

The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar

Diana, Princess of Wales Tribute

Diana, Princess of Wales Tribute

1997

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time

Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time

2006

If Not For You

The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998

The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998

2009 4-CD boxset

Girl From The North Country (prev. unreleased alternate version)
This Wheel's On Fire (prev. unreleased 1992 recording)
The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar (prev. unreleased alt. version)

 
 

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