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JAN 03 2011

ROD STEWART TO RELEASE THE BEST OF…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK IN STORES FEBRUARY 1ST, 2011



FEATURES THE VERY BEST FROM THE GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING “SONGBOOK” SERIES AND 1 BRAND NEW, NEVER BEFORE RELEASED SONG “YOU’LL NEVER KNOW”

STEWART’S LATEST FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY FOR BEST TRADITIONAL POP VOCAL ALBUM

(New York – January 3, 2011) On the heels of the Grammy nomination for Rod Stewart’s FLY ME TO THE MOON…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK, VOLUME V for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album," which has sold over one million albums worldwide already, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rod Stewart is set to release THE BEST OF…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK available in stores February 1st, 2011 (J Records).

THE BEST OF…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK presents the highlights from five albums, recorded across eight years, which have become nothing less than a musical and cultural phenomenon. In addition, this new “Songbook” collection features one, newly recorded, never before released track "You’ll Never Know,” produced by one of Rod’s longtime collaborators Richard Perry, along with brand new mixes of “Someone To Watch Over Me” and “Bye Bye Blackbird.”

Long celebrated for his expressive, distinctively raspy voice, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Living Legend Rod Stewart is widely regarded as having one of the most interpretive voices in music. THE BEST OF…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK celebrates the unprecedented success of the 5 volume series, which is the biggest-selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history with over 18 million copies sold worldwide.

Rod infuses his incomparable vocal style into iconic standards written by Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, and many other great composers and lyricists, including “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “What A Wonderful World” featuring Stevie Wonder, and many, many more.

Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music Entertainment and a producer of Rod’s Songbook series reflects: "In a transient, ephemeral business, it is so gratifying to have the dual opportunity to show how long a career can last, and how these songs have a life into a new century."

Every one of Stewart’s 7 albums since signing with J Records has entered Top 4 on the chart, including all five volumes of The Great American Songbook series - It Had To Be You…The Great American Songbook (2002) entered at #4, As Time Goes By…Volume II (2003) at #2, his Grammy-Award-winning Stardust…Volume III (2004) at #1, Thanks for the Memory…Volume IV (2005) at #2, and Fly Me To the Moon… (2010) at #4. Fly Me To The Moon…Volume V, his latest Grammy-nominated “Songbook” released in October is Rod Stewart’s 38th charting album and 15th Top 10 album. Besides, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Jay-Z, no other musical artist has enjoyed 7 Top 5 albums since 2002.

Having just wrapped a sold-out first ever concert run in Las Vegas in November and a sold-out European tour this past summer, Rod is planning a US tour in Spring 2011. More details to be announced soon. In a career spanning five decades, with an estimated 250 million album and single sales, Rod Stewart is indisputably one of the most successful performers of all time.

To follow find a final track listing:

THE BEST OF…THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
01. Long Ago And Far Away
02. Someone To Watch Over Me
03. They Can't Take Away From Me
04. Beyond The Sea
05. You'll Never Know
06. Time After Time
07. I Can't Get Started
08. The Way You Look Tonight
09. Bye Bye Blackbird
10. These Foolish Things
11. But Not For Me
12. What A Wonderful World featuring Stevie Wonder
13. My Foolish Heart
14. I'll Be Seeing You