Song of the Day: Rod Stewart – “Maggie May”

This Rod Stewart hit was atop the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1971, where it stayed for five weeks. Originally released as a B-Side to “Reason To Believe,” this song went on to become the song of preference out of the two and still stands as one of Stewart’s biggest hits. The song is about when Stewart lost his virginity, an experience he described in his autobiography as being underwheming (via Songfacts): “At 16, I went to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival in the New Forest. I’d snuck in with some mates via an overflow sewage pipe. And there on a secluded patch of grass, I lost my not-remotely-prized virginity with an older (and larger) woman who’d come on to me very strongly in the beer tent. How much older, I can’t tell you – but old enough to be highly disappointed by the brevity of the experience.”

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