Rod Stewart seen busking at Piccadilly Circus.
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How often do you walk past a busker and think ‘Hey’ he’s not bad?”
Back in the 1960s you might have wandered past a performer busking in the streets who is now a household name.
A household name like Rod Stewart.
Stewart was busking on Twickenham railway station around 1963 when a man stopped to watch him perform.
“I was sitting on a bench playing harmonica and singing Smokestack Lightning loudly,” said Rod Stewart, reports Busk. The man who stopped was Long John Baldry.
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“Baldry came along the platform and called out: Young man! You have a good voice, why don’t you join my band!” Baldry invited Rod to sit in with his band the All Stars at the Marquee a couple of nights later.
Next thing you know Stewart was hanging with big names, before going on to be a big name himself.