ROD STEWART SONGS FROM THE 70S
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Maggie May" 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.
Every Picture Tells A Story (1971)
Never A Dull Moment (1972)
The album lives up to its promising title, with many different styles of music including folk rock, soul and rock and roll, and the Faces made a heavy contribution to the sound, along with many guest musicians inc. Ray Jackson from the band Lindisfarne and jazz bassist Spike Heatley.
Ironically, the album sleeve is somewhat dull, and features an artistic impression of Rod staring into space while sat in an arm chair. Intentional maybe?
In August, You Wear It Well became Rod's second hit single and was another chart-topper in the UK. The song had a similar style to the previous hit Maggie May, and was the only hit from the album Never A Dull Moment.
However, this didn't stop Smiler from topping the UK album charts, and some now believe that the album is underated and over-looked.
The lead single from the album Farewell was released as a double-A side with Bring It On Home To Me/You Send Me and reached #7 in the UK. The second single Mine For Me was written by Paul and Linda McCartney but was only released in the US where it could only reach #91 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Atlantic Crossing (1975)
Atlantic Crossing spent four weeks at No.1 in the UK from September 1975 and achieved a Platinum sales certificate.
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.
A Night on the Town (1976)
The cover art features the painting Bal Du Moulin De La Gallette by Renoir - with Rod cheekily placing himself in the painting - which depicts a Sunday afternoon at the Moulin De La Galette.
Foot Loose & Fancy Free (1977)
Young Turks was a 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.