On this day in 1973, in an interview with The Times, the ‘cockerel-haired lead singer of the Faces’, Rod Stewart, revealed he was once sacked in Portsmouth.
In 1964 Stewart was recruited to the Hoochie Coochie Men by Long John Baldry after he heard Stewart busking a Muddy Waters’s song at Twickenham railway station. He was employed as ‘second singer’ for £33 a week and went on tour.
In October, the band was booked at the Rendezvous Club in Portsmouth, which had been established in 1960 and was offering ‘the best in rhythm and blues’.
One night, possibly Saturday, October 3, 1964, Baldry turned up 90 minutes late and Stewart’s ‘meagre singing repertoire was exposed to its limits’.
Stewart ‘called him something’ when Baldry eventually arrived and was sacked. Stewart remembered: ‘I actually cried when he sacked me.’
In the same month Stewart had recorded and released the solo single Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, which he performed on Ready Steady Go on television, but he had to wait some years before enjoying commercial success – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.