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Number 124

Rod Stewart - Maggie May (Mercury 6052 097 - 1971)

It's still hard to believe that Maggie May was in fact an almost give away B side, released in 1971 on the flip side of Stewart's version of Tim Hardin's Reason to Believe. With no small help from their many appearances on Top of the Pops, joined by a supportive John Peel miming his mandolin parts, which were actually played by Lindisfarne's Ray Jackson, whilst the band kicked a ball around the studio, the song soon became a familiar household favourite at the time. Written from Stewart's own experience of having a relationship with an older woman, Maggie May remains one of the most accessible of all Stewart's songs performed with his then band The Faces.