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WATCH: Rod Stewart – Maggie May (LIVE 1972) *Rare* HQ

It’s great to see the pre-disco Rod Stewart here, rocking out his first big solo hit, “Maggie May” from 1971 which was actually the B-side to another, but lesser, hit “Reason to Believe.” off his Every Picture Tells a Story album. Here’s more from Wikipedia:

“Maggie May” is a song co-written with Martin Quittenton and performed by singer Rod Stewart from his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. “Maggie May” expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a boy involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart’s own experience.

The song was recorded in just two takes in one session. Drummer Micky Waller often arrived at recording sessions with the expectation that a drum kit would be provided and, for “Maggie May”, it was – except that no cymbals could be found. The cymbal crashes had to be overdubbed separately some days later.[3][2]

The song was released as the B-side of the single “Reason to Believe”, but soon radio stations began playing the B-side and “Maggie May” became the more popular side. The song was Stewart’s first substantial hit as a solo performer and launched his solo career. It remains one of his best-known songs.  In October 1971, the song went to number one in the UK Singles Chart (for five weeks), and simultaneously topped the charts in the United States. Every Picture Tells a Story achieved the same status at the same time. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 record for 1971.

So here he is, Rod Stewart, in 1972 singing “Maggie May” with Ron Wood on guitar with a light cigarette dangling from his lips the entire song. Wish I knew where this was recorded, but I’m sure someone will eventually tell me.

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