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With the news that Rod Stewart is releasing his 30th album, Smooth present their most prolific artists of all time!
Mr Stewart is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. 62 UK hit singles, 31 in the Top 10 and 6 No 1s. From his first album An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down (1969) to classic A Night On The Town (1976) to his various Greatest Hits collections to hotly anticipated new record Another Country, Rod has rarely been out of the charts. His last number one album was in 2013 with Time.
Woah, where do we start with the endlessly creative Sir James Paul McCartney? With The Beatles, Wings and his own solo work he has amassed a whopping 60 gold discs, sold 100 million albums and 100 million singles, plus gone to No 1 32 times on the US Billboard Hot 100. With all his various bands and collaborations he has made or been involved with a massive 59 albums... Can't wait until the 60th, Macca!
The third best-selling singles artist in UK chart history, behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles, Sir Cliff is a veritable legend of record-making. He's sold 21 million singles in the UK and an estimate 250 million albums worldwide, and is the only singer to have had a No 1 single in the UK in five consecutive decades: from the 1950s to 1990s. And get this for a figure: he has had 130 (yes, 130) singles, albums and EPs make the UK Top 20, including fourteen number one singles.
American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has composed over 3,000 songs, which include I Will Always Love You, Jolene and 9 to 5. She has released over 42 studio albums during her career, over 41 of which reached number one on the US country chart. In addition to her solo albums she has also released 17 collaboration albums, over 13 of which were in collaboration with country music singer Porto Wagner. All-inclusive sales of all formats, digital and CD, have topped 100 million.
Widely considered to be one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century, Johnny Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932. He began his career in 1954 and 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee, recording rockabilly songs. Until his death in 2003 he released an amazing 96 albums on several different record labels.
Formed in 1958, the Bee Gees would go on to sell an astounding 220 million records worldwide. These included 22 original studio albums and the two immortal disco soundtracks Saturday Night Fever and Staying Alive. However, following Maurice's death in 2003, the Bee Gees name was officially laid to rest by the two surviving members Barry and Robin.
A young Elvis Presley moved to Memphis, Tennessee, when he was thirteen, where his career began at the same time as Johnny Cash's: 1954. Until (and after) his death in 1977, his total amount of recorded releases has variously been estimated at 665 and 711. Many sources put his total worldwide sales above 1 billion and he is the 2nd top earning dead celebrity ever, according to Forbes.
Miles Dewey Davis III was at the forefront of jazz in the 20th century. Born to an affluent African American family in 1926, he began his career in 1944 upon moving to New York and joining his idol Charlie Parker's band of musicians. His discography consists of an impressive list of numbers: 48 studio albums, 36 live albums, 35 compilation albums, 17 box sets, 3 soundtrack albums, 57 singles and 3 remix albums. Phew, some people just don't stop!
James Brown was born in 1933 in South Carolina, and was originally meant to be called Joseph James Brown but his names got accidentally changed around on the birth certificate. He began his singing career in 1953 with the Famous Flames, before going on to chart 96 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald began her career singing scat in Harlem before signing a record deal with Decca in 1942. In 1993 she finished off her sixty year career with her last public performance. In that sixty year period, and by her death in 1996, she'd recorded over 200 albums. Impressive.