Veteran rocker Rod Stewart refused to emulate late singers Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday when he covered their classic songs for his latest album - because his own voice is good enough.

The former FACES star releases his third standards disc, STARDUST... THE Great American Songbook: VOLUME III next week (begs18OCT04), which contains Stewart's own take on legendary songs such as EMBRACEABLE YOU and BLUE MOON.

Stewart explains, "The key is to bring a breath of fresh air to them.

"The one thing you mustn't do is try to sound like Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday. They've done them so well. Put your own stamp on them, you know.

"The song has got to lend itself to my voice, to my style of singing. There's not many that don't."

While Stewart is prepared to try most songs, he admits there's a few tunes on his 'untouchable' list.

He says, "There are certain songs I wouldn't sing because I think they've been done so well.

"For instance I wouldn't sing GEORGIA ON MY MIND after Ray Charles, and I wouldn't sing WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN after Percy Sledge. There are certain songs I don't think can be bettered.

"I think no one can sing MAGGIE MAY like me, or no one sings HONKY TONK Women like MICK (JAGGER)."

12/10/2004 09:16