Maggie May

Maggie May
"Maggie May"

German picture sleeve featuring the new A-side
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Every Picture Tells a Story
A-side "Reason to Believe"
Released 1971
Format 7"
Genre Folk rock
Length 5:15 or 5:45 (depending on version)
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Gasoline Alley"
"Reason to Believe" / "Maggie May"
"(I Know) I'm Losing You"

"Maggie May" is a song written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton and recorded by Stewart in 1971 for his album Every Picture Tells a Story.

"Maggie May" expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a young man involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart's own experience. In the January, 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart recalled: "Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival." [1] The reference to returning to "school" in "late September" does not refer, as US listeners may assume, to university, as in British English the word does not carry this meaning.[citation needed]

It was initially released in the United Kingdom as the B-side of the single "Reason to Believe," but DJs became fonder of the B-side and, after two weeks on the charts, the song was reclassified, with "Maggie May" becoming the A-side. However, the single continued to be pressed with "Maggie May" as the B-side.

In October 1971, the song went to number one in the UK and simultaneously topped the charts in the United States. Every Picture Tells a Story achieved the same status at the same time, a feat achieved by only a handful of performers, most notably The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel. The song also topped the charts in Australia for four weeks at the same time.

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. A famous live performance of the song on Top of the Pops saw The Faces joined onstage by DJ John Peel, who pretended to play the mandolin (the mandolin player on the recording was Ray Jackson of Lindisfarne). Stewart himself was amused by the song's success, saying, "I still can't see how the single is such a big hit. It has no melody. Plenty of character and nice chords, but no melody."[citation needed]

The song re-entered the UK charts in December 1976, but only reached number 31.

Oddly, in the days of Top-40 Hit Radio, when songs were released for airplay and to the public on 45RPM singles, "Maggie May" was not edited in any way or fashion. The full 5:15 version was pressed to single, even though its multiple refrains & 5-bar mandolin solo could have been easily taken to edit. Perhaps it was because "Maggie May" was initially only meant to be a B-side single, and many B-sides are left intact without editing.

Most versions of "Maggie May" (especially on some Rod Stewart compilations) incorporate a 30-second solo guitar intro, "Henry", composed by Martin Quittenton.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #130 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Cover versions

No other act has released the song as a single. The guitar-solo picking halfway through the song, though, was lifted by Deva, a film composer from South India, for the film Aasai.

Edwin McCain, Blur, Wet Wet Wet, The Pogues, The Pietasters and Ben Mills have recorded versions of "Maggie May"; Melissa Etheridge, The Pogues, The Dirty Three and Counting Crows have performed it in concert. The Spanish rock band M-Clan recorded a translated version of the song, called Maggie despierta, on their Sin enchufe (Unplugged) album. The French singer Richard Anthony sang "Maggie May" in French.

Canadian pianist and singer Burton Cummings has recorded a humorous variant on the song, titled "Gordon Lightfoot does 'Maggie May'".

The song is covered by Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs on their album "Under the Covers, Vol. 2."

Paul McDonald performed it on American Idol after his elimination was announced on April 14, 2011. Jennifer Lopez personally requested it.


External links

Preceded by
"Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Maggie May
2 October 1971 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" by Cher
Preceded by
"Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" by The Tams
UK number one single Maggie May
9 October 1971 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Coz I Luv You" by Slade
Preceded by
"Banks of the Ohio" by Olivia Newton-John
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single Maggie May
29 November, 1971 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Imagine" by John Lennon

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  • Maggie May (traditional song) — For the musical inspired by the song, see Maggie May (musical). For the Rod Stewart song, see Maggie May. Maggie May (or Maggie Mae ) is a traditional Liverpool folk song (Roud #1757) about a prostitute who robbed a sailor. It has been the… …   Wikipedia

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