‘Maggie May‘ by Rod Stewart is a song that will always make it onto ‘Greatest Songs of All Time’ lists. Always.
Crafted by the genius minds of Stewart and Steamhammer guitarist Martin Quittenton, it certainly is one of the signpost songs of the 70s. The legendary Ronnie Wood provided both lead guitars and bass for the track, making it even more special.
It tells the story of the first woman Stewart ever slept with. Her name wasn’t actually Maggie May – the name comes from a Liverpudlian folk song about a prostitute. Charming.
The track, released as a double A-side with ‘Reason To Believe‘, topped the US charts on this day in 1971. At the same time, the album both tracks came from – ‘Every Picture Tells A Story’ – topped the UK and US albums charts.
There isn’t a lot more to say, other than this song is worthy of all the love it receives.