This was Rod's first hit single, topping the UK and U.S. charts in 1971, and featuring on the album Every Picture Tells A Story. The track was actually released as the B-side to Reason To Believe, but received more airplay in the U.S.
However, pressings of the single continued to state Maggie May as the B-side, although it was reclassified as the A-side. The lyrics are about Rod's involvement with an older woman when he was a young man in 1961.
The video clip features Rod performing with The Faces, although the single was a solo release without the band, and was his first solo single to chart.
Released in August 1972, Rod's second hit single was another chart-toppe in the UK and reached #13 in the U.S. The song has a similiar style to the previous hit Maggie May, and was the only hit from the album Never A Dull Moment.
This is a great quality clip of Rod performing Sailing on Top Of The Pops. He's introduced by Tony Blackburn and you'll notice that Rod's wearing a bit of make-up.
Sailing was the first hit from his sixth studio album Atlantic Crossing - this topped the British album charts, achieving Platinum - and spent four weeks at No.1 in the UK from September 1975. It was also used as the theme to the BBC series Sailor.
However, the Americans weren't so keen on the track and, disappointingly for Mr. Stewart, stalled at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100. Sailing was actually written by Gavin Sutherland and originally released by The Sutherland Bros. in June 1972.
This fun and catchy tune was the lead single from the album Blondes Have More Fun, and topped the charts in numerous countries including the UK and U.S. Released in November 1978, all royalties from the single went to the UNICEF charity.
This synth-based track has a real eighties feel to it and was released as the second single from Rod Stewart's eleventh studio album Tonight I'm Yours and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 here in the UK.
Rod wearing his trademark tartan in the form of a scarf
Firstly, I've managed to find a better quality video and have replaced the poor quality clip which used to feature on this page. However, I do wish that there was an official video available.
Released in May 1983, Baby Jane was the first single to be released from the album Body Wishes, and was also Rod Stewart's only #1 of the 1980's in the UK - his previous number one was Do Ya Think I'm Sexy in 1978. The song peaked at #14 in the U.S., but was his sixth #1 single overall in the UK and was written by Rod himself, with the help of Jay Davis.
Rod had one more hit single from the album entitled What Am I Gonna Do (I'm So In Love With You), which reached #3 in the UK and #35 in the U.S.
Rod on stage in 1981
Many fans would argue that Rod Stewart's fourth studio album was Rod Stewart's finest hour. Released in July 1972, and featuring the chart-topping You Wear It Well, the nine track album topped both the UK and Canadian charts.
Sailing vinyl Single Sleeve (1975)