Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “I wish I’d never seen your face”

You know this guy, right?

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What does he have in common with the following?

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No. They all sold a ton of records is not the answer.

Rod Stewart has now joined that illustrious company of performing with…

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No surprise. The album is a hot seller. Here’s one of the tracks, a song Stewart co-wrote in 1971 about the very first time he had sex.

“At 16, I went to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival in the New Forest. I’d snuck in with some mates via an overflow sewage pipe. And there on a secluded patch of grass, I lost my not-remotely-prized virginity with an older (and larger) woman who’d come on to me very strongly in the beer tent. How much older, I can’t tell you – but old enough to be highly disappointed by the brevity of the experience,” Stewart said in his memoir Rod: The Autobiography.

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Stewart’s record company, Mercury, didn’t think “Maggie May” was a hit, so it was used  as the B-side of the single “Reason To Believe.” The folks that spun the records liked “Maggie May” much better, though. The first station to flip the single and play it as the A-side was WOKY in Milwaukee.

This Tuesday the 75-year old Stewart is scheduled to close the show at The BRIT Awards 2020 at the O2 Arena in London, the 40th edition of the British Phonographic Industry’s annual pop music awards.

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