- Though born in England, his father and the rest of his siblings were all born in Scotland, and he likes to think of himself as a Scotsman.
- A German V-2 rocket blew up a nearby police station moments before his birth.
- Attended high school with Ray and Dave Davies and Pete Quaife, the founding members of the Kinks.
- Spent three weeks as an apprentice with the Brentford Football Club before deciding on a music career.
- Was the original lead singer for the Jeff Beck Group, but quit the group the night before they were to play at Woodstock.
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1994; inducted a second time (as a member of The Faces) in 2012.
- Underwent surgery for thyroid cancer in July 2000.
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 11, 2005.
- Is a model-railway enthusiast, and owns a scale model of New York City's Grand Central Station as it was in the 1940s.
- Made a Knight in Queen Elizabeth II's Birthday Honours list in 2016.