His first big solo hit is his classic, MAGGIE MAY on Mercury Records. The record charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 14, 1971. The single charted at #1 on the Hot 100 and remained at the top spot for 5 weeks. MAGGIE MAY remained on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks and sold over 1 million copies and was awarded a “Gold Record”. The classic flip-side of the single is REASON TO BELIEVE. The single also charted on the Hot 100 at #62 and remained on the chart for 21 weeks. In 1991 a “live version” with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart would chart again and climb to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rod Stewart charted 3 more #1 Billboard Hot 100 single records. They are: TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT (Gonna Be Alright) in 1976. DO YA THINK I’M SEXY? in 1978 and ALL FOR LOVE with Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting in 1993.
He would chart 2 #1 hit records on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, they are DOWNTOWN TRAIN in 1989 and THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (with Ronald Isley) in 1990. He has charted 54 Billboard Hot 100 single records as a solo artist and is ranked as the #14 All-Time greatest hitmaker by Joel Whitburn in his Record Research Book “Top Pop Singles 12th Edition”.
Till the next time—Joe