You Wear It Well

Album: Never a Dull Moment (1972)
Charted: 1 13
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  • "You Wear It Well" was written as a collaboration between Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton. You'll know Martin Quittenton from Steamhammer, as well as his frequent work with Rod Stewart. The subject of this song is Stewart writing a letter to an old flame - and having a pretty good attitude about it. What she is wearing well might be her current life, the years passing by, or the birthday gown he once bought her.
  • This song falls squarely into Stewart's central body of work, as another folksy "blue-eyed soul" ballad. You'll notice how similar this song sounds to another Stewart hit, "Maggie May," from the previous Rod Stewart album Every Picture Tells a Story. Well, Quittenton collaborated with Stewart on that one, too!
  • Along with this song, other charting singles from the Never a Dull Moment album include a cover of Jimi Hendrix's song "Angel," and "What Made Milwaukee Famous."
  • The line "Madame Onassis got nothing on you" is a reference to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - former First Lady to and widow of President John F. Kennedy. At the time of this song, Jacqueline - often referred to as "Jackie O" - was the spouse of Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis until his death in 1975, widowing her again. Jackie O made quite a reputation for herself as a woman of grace, charm, and style, prompting the London Evening Standard to comment, "Jacqueline Kennedy has given the American people… one thing they have always lacked: Majesty."
  • Ronnie Wood from The Faces and later of The Rolling Stones played guitar on this track.
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Comments: 4

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 20th 1972, "You Wear It Well" by Rod Stewart entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #87; and on October 8th, 1972 it peaked at #13 {for 2 weeks} and spent 10 weeks on the Top 100...
    On September 2nd, 1972 it reached #1 {for 1 week} on the United Kingdom's Singles chart and it reached #2 in Ireland...
    Roderick David Stewart will celebrate his 70th birthday in five months on January 10th, 2015 {and on a personal note; I will also be turning 70 year old five days later on January 15th, 2015}...
    'After all the years I hope it's the same address'.
  • Mark from Jefferson City, MoThis is before he turned into a Barry Manilow wannabe.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaMyla, Well said!! This on the Rod Stewart that I know and love. The folksy blue-eyed soul stuff, which he is known for, is Rod at his best!!
  • Myla from San Diego, CaOne of my favorite Rod Stewart songs. He should go back to doing these types of folksy "blue-eyed soul" songs. His scratchy , but soulful voice lends itself to these type of songs. No remakes please!
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