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Stewart proves enduring appeal
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart had a worldwide hit with Maggie May in the 1970s
Musician Rod Stewart has proved his enduring appeal with music fans with two albums entering the top 20 charts in the same week.

An album of cover versions, As Time Goes By, entered the chart at number four, while a compilation album of solo and group work with The Faces, called Changing Faces, is at number 13.

The 58-year-old singer has long been a favourite of the tabloid newspapers and details of his relationships are reported in detail frequently.

Dido held onto the number one spot in the album charts with her second album, Life for Rent.

In the singles chart, Sugababes lost the number one slot after just one week, after being ousted by Fatman Scoop's Be Faithful.

A musical based on Stewart's songs, Tonight's The Night, is to open in the West End in London this month.

The show will feature 22 songs from the back catalogue of Stewart and producers hope it will repeat the success of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

The show has been written by Ben Elton, who also penned the story for the Queen musical.

Solo career

Stewart began his solo career in 1969, releasing the debut album An Old Raincoat Won't Let You Down.

Before that he had been the vocalist for The Faces, the Jeff Beck Group, and Shotgun Express.

He found fame with his third album Every Picture Tells a Story, after a B-side to a single from the record was played by radio stations.

Maggie May went on to become one of the singer's trademark songs, along with Do Ya Think I'm Sexy.

Stewart's career struggled in the 1980s, but newspaper interest in his relationships and a rebirth as a singer of cover versions kept him in the limelight.

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