Find Out The Real Story Behind Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”

The song reached No.1 in the Hot 100 on October 2nd, 1971

Find Out The Real Story Behind Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May”

In 1971 Rod Stewart had one of his biggest solo hit songs with “Maggie May”, the song reached No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 on October 2nd where it remained for 5 weeks. It’s regarded by some as Stewart’s signature song and one of his most enduring hits that keeps being played at his concerts to this day. “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. Stewart recalled: “Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the 1961 Beaulieu Jazz Festival. The woman’s name was not “Maggie May”; Stewart has stated that the name was taken from “… an old Liverpudlian song about a prostitute.” There’s also a version of the song by The Faces when both Stewart and Ronnie Wood were in the band and it has been released on some compilations over the years. “Maggie May” was named by Billboard as the No.2 song of 1971.

Watch Rod Stewart performing “Maggie May” with Ronnie Wood in 1993 at the MTV Unplugged show

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