After a successful career with The Faces, Rod Stewart’s third solo album was the one that solidified his independent career.
The release of the single Maggie May from the album Every Picture Tells a Story was the song that still follows Stewart.
Recorded with all the members of The Faces in two takes, including guitarist Ronnie Wood, the song wasn’t edited for single release, but was pressed with its full length of 5.15.
The song was based on Stewart’s first sexual experience with an older woman, and co-written with classical musician Martin Quittenton.
Released as a the B side single to the song Reason to Believe, Maggie May was sent out to radio DJs in October 1971. In the United States, DJs liked Maggie May and started to play that song on the radio.
In the UK, the song spent five weeks at number on the singles charts, and confirmed the love of fans for the raspy sounding Brit singer.
Chosen by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the 500 best Rock songs of all time, Maggie May is a classic rock standard, played endlessly on rock radio from the 20th century to the 21st century.