The First Time I saw ROD STEWART he was playing with THE FACES, formerly the Small Faces in 1969. Steve Marriott had left that group to form Humble Pie, so Ian McLagan (keyboards), Ronnie Lane (bass guitar), and Kenney Jones (drums )—were joined by Ronnie Wood (guitar) and Rod Stewart (lead vocals), both from The Jeff Beck Group; since both Rod and Ronnie were quite tall, the "Small" no longer applied, although their label demanded it be kept in the U.S.
They were really terrific live, but Rod had already signed with us at Mercury and this would be his last U.S. tour with the band, while we were launching his solo Rod Stewart album (which both Ronnie Wood and Ian McLagan played on). As members left they were replaced and The Faces were one of the top grossing acts from 1970 until 1975 touring the U.K., the U.S. and Europe.
I've written more about Rod and his later super-hit album titled: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, but I wanted to put up this video that Scott found showing the Faces playing Live on what is considered one of their best television performances in 1971. This is their great version of the hit, I KNOW I'M LOSING YOU.