Entertainment Music Throwback Photos of Rod Stewart The beloved rocker and father of eight turns 78 on Jan. 10 By Kate Hogan and Alexandra Schonfeld Alexandra Schonfeld Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Updated on January 10, 2023 10:00 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1974 Graham Wiltshire/Redferns With pals Linda and Paul McCartney in 1974. 02 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1973 Michael Putland/Getty Running with Elton John at Watford Football Club in London in 1973. 03 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1979 Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty At his wedding to first-wife Alana Hamilton, now Alana Stewart, in 1979. He and Alana share children Kimberly and Sean. 04 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1975 Steve Morley/Redferns With the late soccer legend, Pelé, in 1975. 05 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1983 Dave Hogan/Hulton Archive/Getty With two of his eight children, Kimberly and Sean, in 1983. 06 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1978 Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty With Elton John in 1978. While the two have known each other for decades, they have faced various ups and downs throughout the years. 07 of 30 Rod Stewart in the 1970s Ian Dickson/Redferns Performing in Newcastle, England, in the mid-1970s as part of the group Faces. 08 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1979 Michael Putland/Getty In plaid at The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song in N.Y.C. in January 1979. 09 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1979 Paul Natkin/Getty Performing shirtless in Chicago in May 1979. 10 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1971 Victor Blackman/Express/Hulton Archive/Getty With his feet up at home in England in 1971. 11 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1981 George Rose/Getty On the Cruel But Fair tour stop in Los Angeles in 1981. 12 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1973 Arthur Sidey/Mirrorpix/Getty Fluffing his trademark locks in Windsor in 1973. 13 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1981 Koh Hasebe/Shinko/ Getty Live at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo in May 1981. 14 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1975 At sea in N.Y.C., May 1975. 15 of 30 Rod Stewart in Germany Peter Timmullstein bild via Getty Hanging out with a cool car in Germany in an undated photo. 16 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1984 Paul Natkin/Getty Performing outside of Chicago in 1984. 17 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1984 Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Hitting the stage in a magenta suit in New York City, 1984. 18 of 30 Rod Stewart at His Prime Richard E. Aaron/Redferns In an undated studio portrait. 19 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1988 Angelo Deligio/Mondadori via Getty In red leather and blue jeans for a photo session in Italy in 1988. 20 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1983 Chris Walter/WireImage A 1983 portrait taken in Los Angeles. 21 of 30 Rod Stewart in a Photo Shoot RB/Redferns Stewart wears a polka dot scarf for an undated photo shoot. 22 of 30 Rod Stewart in the 1970s kpa/United Archives via Getty In tight slacks and a cut-off shirt for a '70s-era shot. 23 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1980 Gavin Kent/Mirrorpix/Getty Stewart taking a break during rehearsals for his 1980 European tour. 24 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1973 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty A star in stripes, 1973. 25 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1973 Roy Jones/Evening Standard/Getty The king on his throne, September 1973. 26 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1974 Michael Putland/Getty Sitting for a portrait in 1974 in London. 27 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1975 Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns All dressed up in The Netherlands on New Year's Day, 1975. 28 of 30 Rod Stewart in the 1970s Dick Barnatt/Redferns At a press call for Faces in the early 1970s. 29 of 30 Rod Stewart in a Portrait Gems/Redferns Before debuting his signature coif, in an undated portrait. 30 of 30 Rod Stewart in 1976 Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns In Amsterdam to promote his Atlantic Crossing album in 1976.