Handbags & Gladrags (4:27)

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“Handbags and Gladrags” is the name of a song written in 1967 by Mike d’Abo, who was then the lead singer of Manfred Mann.

In 1969, Rod Stewart recorded a version for the 1970 album An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down. This version of the song was arranged by Mike d’Abo himself, who also played piano on the recording. The song failed to garner significant sales or airplay in the United States, but when it was re-released as a single in 1972, it managed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.


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  • cinnamomma

    Favorite Rod Stewart track, hands down :D ~~~~~

    6 Apr 2012 Reply
  • hondo74

    Yea, back in the day Rod was an actual rocker. This was one of em.

    17 Dec 2011 Reply
  • riyazc

    Wernham Hogg approve

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Angelina56

    A very moving, melodic version by Rod........Thank you for the music......!

    19 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Angelina56

    You cant dance around your handbag to this one Rod... Will have to smooch instead..... A very pretty, meaningful song...all the same... Nice one Mr Stewart !

    1 Jun 2010 Reply
  • iamokru

    GODbless each

    17 Mar 2010 Reply
  • tallpaul1

    ;P =)

    15 Mar 2010 Reply
  • njmama

    wow, I never thought I'd say this but Rod Stewart is great! a far cry from his pop hits they always play on the radio.

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Vinyltrap

    Great Song..Never Dates../;~}

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • riverwalker46

    this song ALWAYS takes me back to a certain couch,, lights dim, worried her parents would come upstairs, and "learning" to make out,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I can still taste her cherry lip gloss

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
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    14 Jan 2010 Reply
  • up71

    One of my all-time favorites.

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • TheMed1977

    Totally on top of his game.

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • JoeSap

    dbrew2u -- I would argue that Rod was in the thick of his prime.....totally on his game -- a fantastic interpretation. Compare it to the Stereophonics version, and you'll understand what soul singer really is.

    13 Aug 2009 Reply
  • m1eft

    oh what it must be like not to be left with the dregs at the end of the night ...................................

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Wallensteinfan

    Sehr schönes Stück von Rod !

    15 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Corvair1963

    My favorite from Rod.

    22 Jun 2009 Reply
  • dp_glono

    Such a great period in Rod's career.

    9 Jun 2009 Reply
  • dbrew2u

    A beautiful underrated song by Rod when he was close to his prime.

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Thruxstew

    lovely melancholic song. Giz some more Rod!

    27 Nov 2008 Reply
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