Nervous breakdowns. Fights over money. Electrocution. How the musicians behind Rod Stewart"s classic were hit by the curse of Maggie May


Nervous breakdowns. Fights over money. Electrocution. How the musicians behind Rod Stewart”s classic were hit by the curse of Maggie May

Cursed Maggie May is the song that made Rod Stewart a megastar - but the creative powers that shaped the song experienced much mishap

Cursed Maggie May is the song that made Rod Stewart a megastar – but the creative powers that shaped the song experienced much mishap

Badly treated: Ray Jackson, who played the mandolin on Maggie May, was paid just 15 for his work

Badly treated: Ray Jackson, who played the mandolin on Maggie May, was paid just 15 for his work

Before going solo: The Faces pop group, left to right, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane

Before going solo: The Faces pop group, left to right, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan and Ronnie Lane

Accident : Backing singer Maggie Bell saw her fiance and bandmate Les Harvey electrocuted on stage

Accident : Backing singer Maggie Bell saw her fiance and bandmate Les Harvey electrocuted on stage

Star: Rod Stewart had unbelievable talent - but did he overshadow some of the other contributors to his success

Star: Rod Stewart had unbelievable talent – but did he overshadow some of the other contributors to his success

Legend: Rod Stewart, right, pictured with his wife Penny Lancaster has a cult following even to this day

Legend: Rod Stewart, right, pictured with his wife Penny Lancaster has a cult following even to this day