“Young Turks” is a song by Rod Stewart that first appeared in 1981 on his album Tonight I’m Yours, the track showed Stewart with a new synthpop and new wave sound. The term Young Turk, which originates from the same-named secular nationalist reform party of the early 20th century, is slang for a rebellious youth who acts contrary to what is deemed normal by society.
The phrase “Young Turks” is never heard in the actual song, the chorus instead centering on the phrase “young hearts be free tonight”, leading to the song frequently being misidentified as “Young Hearts” or “Young Hearts Be Free”.
“Love Touch” is a song performed by Rod but written by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman. It was released as a single in 1986 and peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was featured in the end credits of the romantic comedy, Legal Eagles. It is also on Stewart’s album, Every Beat of My Heart. The song is a plea from someone who has been fighting with his lover, but is apologizing and asking for another chance to “be good.”
Although it is among Stewart’s most successful songs, he rarely performs Love Touch in concert. Stewart holds a low opinion of the song’s lyrics, calling it “one of the silliest songs I’ve ever recorded,” in the liner notes of Encore: The Very Best of Rod Stewart Volume 2.
Heart is on the Line
Rod Stewart’s early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. His aggressive blues work with The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces influenced heavy metal genres. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart’s music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.
She Won’t Dance with Me
My Heart Can’t Tell You No
The Wild Horse
A Grammy Award is probably the most well known award a musician wins, but Rod’s collected quite a few different awards and honors. Check them out!
- Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, 1993
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 1994 (as a solo artist)
- Received the first ever Diamond Award from the World Music Awards for over 100 million records sold worldwide, 2001
- Received a Legend Award from the World Music Awards
- Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, 2005, Stardust … The Great American Songbook Volume III
- Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, 2006
- Awarded CBE in 2007 New Year’s Honours.
- Received the ASCAP Founders Award in 2011.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2012 (as a member of Faces).
- To date, Stewart has received seven various Canadian Juno Award nominations.
The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)
This Old Heart of Mine (1989 Version) feat. Ronald Isley
You’re in My Heart
Andrew Roachford was the main force behind the band Roachford, who scored their first success in 1989 with the hits “Cuddly Toy” and “Family Man”.
Formed in 1987, the line-up was Andrew Roachford (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chris Taylor (drums), Hawi Gondwe (guitars) and Derrick Taylor (bass guitar). By 1988 the band were touring, supporting acts such as Terence Trent D’Arby and The Christians. Shortly afterward, a seven album recording contract with Columbia was signed. They went on to have a string of success throughout the 1990s.
Cuddly Toy (Feel for Me)
“I want to go out at the top, but the secret is knowing when you’re at the top, it’s so difficult in this business, your career fluctuates all the time, up and down, like a pair of trousers.” – Rod Stewart
Better Off Dead
“You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it’s all about family.” – Rod Stewart
Two Rod posts in one day? Yep! I told you I had a lot of his 45s and since I’m just posting them on the weekends, I’m going big! I’ll be posting two some days with just one single featured or one post with multiple singles. Switch it up a bit!
I get this song stuck in my head a lot and will find myself humming it randomly.
Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do
Have I Told You Lately
Roderick David Stewart was born in Highgate, North London, the youngest of five children of Robert Stewart and Elsie Gilbart. 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. Rod was born at home during World War II.
The family was neither affluent nor poor; Stewart was spoiled as the youngest, and has called his childhood “fantastically happy”. His father retired from the building trade at age 65, buying a newsagent’s shop on the Archway Road when Stewart was in his early teens and the family lived over the shop. Stewart’s main hobby was railway modelling.
Stewart’s father had played in a local amateur football (soccer) team and managed some teams as well. One of Rod’s earliest memories were the pictures of Scottish players that his brothers had on the wall. He was the most talented footballer in the family, combining natural athleticism with near-reckless aggression, he became captain of the school football team and played for Middlesex Schoolboys as centre-half.
Rod’s introduction to rock and roll was hearing Little Richard’s 1956 hit “The Girl Can’t Help It” and seeing Bill Haley & His Comets in concert. His father bought him a guitar in January 1959; the first song he learned was the folk tune “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song” and the first record he bought was Eddie Cochran’s “C’mon Everybody”.
Stewart left school at age 15 and worked briefly as a silk screen printer. Spurred on by his father, his ambition was to become a professional footballer. In summer 1960, he went for trials but he was never signed to the club and that the club never called him back after his trials. Stewart concluded, “Well, a musician’s life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I can’t do that and play football. I plumped for music … They’re the only two things I can do actually: play football and sing.”
All in the Name of Rock ‘N’ Roll