Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England and currently residing in Epping. He has Scottish and English parentage.
With his distinctive raspy tenor voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early ’70s with [Read more...]
The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. He launched his solo career in 1969 with his debut album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down (US: The Rod Stewart Album). His work with The Jeff Beck Group and The Faces proved to be influential on the formation of the heavy metal and punk rock genres, respectively. Both bands were also pioneers of blues-rock.
With his career in its fifth decade, Stewart has achieved numerous solo hit singles worldwide, most notably in the UK, where he has garnered six consecutive number one albums and his tally of 62 hit singles include 31 that reached the top 10, six of which gained the number one position. He has also had 16 top ten singles in the USA, with four of these reaching number one. His most-known solo hit singles are “Maggie May”, “You Wear It Well”, “Sailing”, “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)”, “Hot Legs”, “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?”, “Forever Young” and “Rhythm of My Heart.”
“Have I Told You Lately” is a hit song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and recorded for his 1989 album Avalon Sunset. It is a romantic ballad often played at weddings although it was originally written also as a prayer.
It is preceded on Avalon Sunset by the song, “I’d Love to Write Another Song” proclaiming “In poetry I’d carve it well/ I’d even make it rhyme.” Then, in the words of Brian Hinton what follows is:
One of the finest love songs of the century, which I remember devastated me when I first heard it, as it seemed both something never quite said before, and yet a song I felt I had known forever. Earthly love transmutes into that for God, just like in Dante, “there’s a love that’s divine and it’s yours and it’s mine”. The morning sun has set by the end of the song, suggesting love shading into death, but subtly.