Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells A Story

The early 1970’s was a golden time for Rod Stewart. He spent some time with the mighty Jeff Beck Group, then went on to front The Faces and made great music with both bands. After that, he launched an incredibly successful (and profitable) solo career.

Every Picture Tells A Story (1971) was Stewart’s third solo outing, and contained some of his most legendary work, including the #1 International smash hit, Maggie May. Other classics included a cover of Tim Hardin’s (Find A) Reason To Believe, a Bob Dylan song called Tomorrow Is A Long Time, the Motown hit (I Know) I’m Losing You (with The Faces as backup band), a song that was Elvis Presley’s first single, That’s All Right (Mama), a wonderful original by Stewart, Mandolin Wind, and the superb title song (with female vocals by Maggie Bell). My favorite part of the song Every Picture Tells A Story is the section where Bell and Stewart harmonize and sing together…perfection!

Ron Wood contributes some distinctive bluesy guitar throughout and Stewart sings with that raspy, blues drenched signature style of his, and rock music had another hall of fame album.

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