It takes a certain kind of man to feel a song the way Sinatra did and Rod Stewart nails it.
For me, the thing about Sinatra was that he was the kind of saloon singer I could relate to. Amidst the smoke of his Pall Mall cigarettes hanging in the air, and the clanking din of ice cubes swirling around in his glass of Jack Daniels as he performed on stage, Sinatra sang a song like he meant it. He sang like he lived and personally knew every nuance of every word. Most people who study these things say Sinatra felt a song better than anyone in the business.
Now enters Rod Stewart. I listened to his cover of "The Way You Look Tonight " on one of his newer Sinatra-like CD's and it blew me away. Stewart was that brilliant. Maybe millions of his fans already knew it all along, but as admittedly late as I am to the table, suddenly Maggie Mae became the distant memory of a teenager, and an artistic genius like I've never heard before emerged .
It takes a certain kind of man to feel a song the way Sinatra did and Rod Stewart nails it. Not nearly enough people give him that credit. At first, his raspy voice would not be the voice one might naturally think of being suited for the classics, but it's his connection with the song, so very much like Sinatra himself, is where Stewart's rare talent lies.