Maggie May

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“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.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  (More from Wikipedia)

Additionally, Pete Sears of the Sons of Fred has been a prominent session bass guitarist and keyboard player for more than four decades.  He played on four early Rod Stewart solo albums, including the classic Every Picture Tells a Story (the album that includes Rod’s mega-hit “Maggie May”), plus Gasoline AlleyNever a Dull Moment, and Smiler Pete Sears has also worked with SteamhammerStonegroundLong John BaldryLos Lobos, and three of the founding members of the Grateful Dead:  Jerry GarciaBob Weir, and Phil Lesh


(March 2014/2)


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Rod Stewart did some of his best work with Faces, and his first big hit as a solo artist, Maggie May (from Rod’s excellent solo album Every Picture Tells a Story) was released during the height of his time in the band. 


(April 2014)

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As to the tracks on Kum Back that did not show up on Let it Be, besides “Teddy Boy”, a performance for just under a minute of a blues song by Jimmy McCracklin called “The Walk” (also known as “Can He Walk”) also does not appear on Let it Be.  The biggest surprise though is that one of the strongest songs made by the Beatles in their twilight years, “Don’t Let Me Down” – previously released in April 1969 as the b-side of the Get Back single – was also not included on Let it Be, though it was among the songs in the 2003 reissue, Let it Be . . . Naked.  With the inclusion of Don’t Let Me Down, two short tracks, “Dig It” and “Maggie Mae” (not the same song as the Rod Stewart classic, “Maggie May) were left off Let it Be . . . Naked.  Together, these two songs run just 1:30; honestly, you’d think there would be enough room on the CD for them, too (neither appears on Kum Back either, though Don’t Let Me Down does). 
(September 2017)
Last edited: April 7, 2021