Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” is Arguably one of the Grooviest Songs of His Career

By | October 15, 2018

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Portrait CIRCA 1969: Rock singer Rod Stewart poses for a portrait in circa 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

As many songs do, Rod Stewart’s song, Maggie May, has a back story and was written as a result of a personal experience. Songwriters, quite often, draw on personal experiences which have left some sort of emotional mark on their lives; some are good and some, not so good.

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The song lyrics to Rod Stewart’s, Maggie May, were inspired by his first “real” sexual encounter with a woman.

In 1961 when Rod Stewart was 16 years old, he was “deflowered,” to put it delicately. The song lyrics to Maggie May actually tell the true story of Stewart’s first sexual encounter with a woman. Years later, in 2007, he was interviewed by Q magazine and was quoted as saying, “Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival…and it was over in a few seconds.” Rod Stewart attended the music festival as a fan, at the time, and not as a performer.