Rock Chronology #222: Maggie May


“Maggie May”, Rod Stewart, 1971.

“Maggie May” is the song that made Rod Stewart a star. This song was actually just a B-side to the “Reason to Believe” single, but no one really cared about that song. Instead DJ’s starting playing the B side, “Maggie May”, because they collectively decided that was the better song. (I think the mandolin is what really makes this song distinct.) So “Maggie May” peaked at #1 in both the US and the UK, while “Reason to Believe” only peaked at #90 on the US singles chart. Both songs come from the Every Picture Tells a Story album which also peaked the US and UK charts.

It is quite likely that this will be the only Rod Stewart song that ends up on the Rock Chronology. His music is often not Rock or at the very least it borders on both Rock and Pop. But “Maggie May” is worthy, so here it is.

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