Thursday, June 02, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Rod Stewart

Artist:Rod Stewart
Song:I've Got Your Love To Keep Me Warm
Album:The Great American Songbook

One of the more curious phenomena in recent years is the reinvention of Rod Stewart as a crooner. Not only has he been very successful but other faded rock stars have turned to recording pop standards for the Adult Contemporary market. Of course Stewart was very successful for decades beginning in the late 60s. But by the late 90s, he had faded and he left Warner Bros. for Atlantic. After the 2001 CD Human didn't do well, he left Atlantic for Clive Davis' J Records. Davis suggested that Stewart record standards. Stewart wasn't sure about it but he went along with it. The 2002 CD It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook was the first album. It was certified 3XPlatinum. It was so successful that Stewart recorded three more CDs of standards. The classic Irving Berlin song I've Got Your Love To Keep Me Warm is from the 2005 CD Thanks For The Memory: The Great American Songbook Volume IV. Special guests on the album include Chaka Khan, Diana Ross, Elton John, Roy Hargrove, Dave Koz and George Benson. This album is available as a budget CD but all four Great American Songbook albums are available as a budget priced box set. There's no question this revived Stewart's career. He recorded a fifth volume of standards in 2010 and he also recorded albums of classic rock and soul. Of course all good things must come to an end. Stewart left J in 2011. His latest CD Another Country was released in 2015 on Capitol. It marks Stewart's return to songwriting. Maybe he'll return to standards if that doesn't work out. Here's Rod Stewart performing I've Got Your love To Keep Me Warm on Good Morning America Nov. 2004.

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