Rocker Rod Stewart reflects on personal loss and the inspiration behind his latest album in candid video

Age defying rocker Rod Stewart gets nostalgic about the tracks on new album, Swing Fever. Source: Getty Images.

At 79, iconic rocker Rod Stewart is showing no signs of slowing down. He recently shared a heartfelt video where he relays fond memories of some of the songs included in the new album he created with Jools Holland.

In the video, Stewart and Holland discuss how their new album, Swing Fever, came about with Stewart asking fans, “When did you first hear the tracks of Swing Fever?! Jools and I discussing when we first heard Walkin’ My Baby Back Home and all of the other legendary songs from the album.”


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Music fans were quick to respond and express their nostalgic excitement about the collaborative new album.

“I love the swing album, great duet between Sir Rod and Jools Holland,” one wrote.

“Rod, listening to you sing makes me happy. Your music heals. With swing fever I dance all day. I hope you return to Argentina soon. I love you, you’re the best!!!!”

“My parents used to sing that when they were courting. They lived in Austria, started dating in the winter, and would sing this as they walked. I can see it, hear it, feel it. They were a beautiful pair,” commented another.

“Congrats Guys Bringing Swing into 21st century. You are great together Always My N01 Sir Rod Stewart. Keep Swinging Guys.”

“Special growing up with music, my mum used to to sing to us , Que sera sera , was my favourite, all us kids used to always sing in the car.”

When Holland asked Stewart when he first heard the song, Stewart responded, “Well, I used to hear my brother singing it.”

“He’s just passed, so he won’t be singing it anymore, he was 94 when he died,” he contiued.

“And when I was a little kid all my family used to sing all these songs.”

Holland asked whether the songs were sung at Christmas. Stewart confirmed, “They sung them at Christmas, at Christmas parties.”

“So even my wife, who’s only like 50, she knows all these songs, all of them.

“It’s not like you hear them on the radio, they enter the psyche and they stay there. That’s what you call song writing, I suppose.”

2024 has been a big one for the music legend who earlier this year sold his illustrious song catalogue for nearly $100 million to Iconic Artists. 

The deal encompassed the marketing rights and ownership of timeless classics such as Maggie MayBaby Jane, and Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and marked an impressive 60 years in the music business.

In a statement, Stewart expressed his feelings about the decision.

“This year marks my 60th year in the music industry,” he said.

“The time is right, and I feel fortunate to have found partners in Irving and his team at Iconic that I can entrust with my life’s work and future musical legacy.”

Stewart’s catalogue, spanning decades of hits and chart-toppers, is a musical treasure trove, capturing the hearts of fans worldwide.

The strategic move to sell his music catalogue is not only a financial windfall for the singer but also a calculated step to secure the legacy of his iconic contributions to the world of music.

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