Why Rod Stewart nearly didn't release 'Maggie May'

Music 06/07/2021

Rod Stewart has revealed how his number one single "Maggie May" off his album 'Every Picture Tells a Story' nearly didn't make the album. 

After Rod Stewart created the chorus riff of 'Maggie May', he still wasn't in love with the song due to his label not thinking it was a hit. 

"At first, I didn't think much of 'Maggie May,' he said.

I guess that's because the record company didn't believe in the song. I didn't have much confidence then. I figured it was best to listen to the guys who knew better. What I learned is that sometimes they do and sometimes they don't.

When talking to Howard Stern, Stewart said Mercury Records didn't pick this one, but he was happy he went with it anyway. 

"The record company thought it was shit," he laughingly told the host. "We had eight tracks for Every Picture Tells a Story, and they said, 'Well, we need another track. Have you got anything in the cupboard or anything?' I said, 'I've got one more song. I haven't finished it.' And that was 'Maggie May.'"

Stewart thought it was rambling for too long, but obviously, the listeners disagreed, and it has been one of his most highly rated songs.