Rod Stewart has released the latest new song, "Stop Loving Her Today," from his upcoming record You're In My Heart: Rod Stewart With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Originally written by Simon Climie of the UK pop duo Climie Fisher of the UK pop duo Climie Fisher, "Stop Loving Her Today" was presented to Stewart by Climie's manager, and he "immediately fell in love with it."
"His manager is an ex-girlfriend of mine from way back in the 1970s named Dee Harrington," said Stewart. "[Climie] is a wonderful chap and writes beautiful songs. He came up with this one and she said, 'You know who should sing this? Rod.'"
Produced by Trevor Horn and recorded in Abbey Road Studios, the orchestral album is set for release November 22. The career-spanning LP is filled with orchestral versions of many of Stewart’s classic hits, including a plethora of 70's chart toppers like "Sailing," and "Reason to Believe," also accompanied by new recordings, such as the 1966 Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston original "It Takes Two," as a duet with Robbie Williams.
"I can't say I'd pay for a ticket to go and watch classical music," Stewart told Rolling Stone. "But I told [Warner Bros.] I'd like to hear a couple of takes and see what they can do with these songs. I was pleasantly surprised with what they came back with."
"I don't understand the technical side of recording at all. I'm lost when it comes to that. I do know that they kept the drums from the original recording of 'Maggie May. Believe it or not, they even added strings to 'Stay With Me.' They really punched it up and I'm quite proud of it."
Stewart will kick off the UK leg of his tour with the first show on November 23 in Manchester, England, with the last show wrapping in London, December 20.