In the late-'70s, hemmed in by disco on one side and punk on the other, many rock artists of Rod Stewart 's generation felt like the trends of the day were passing them by. Ever the optimist, Stewart decided that if he couldn't beat 'em, he'd join 'em. Although the single's dance beat — and the album's continued drift away from the rock sound that made Stewart famous — dismayed some longtime fans, it was a calculated gambit that ended up paying off in a big way. Rod was always a guy that used to listen to what was going on around him. He was always looking at the charts and listening.
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As he says in his tremendously readable autobiography, Rod , he hardly ever went into the studio with anything ready in those days. Major labels had money to let iconic performers like Stewart hang out in the studio waiting for a spark in those days. Stewart loved Chic, so he was game. In , Jorge Ben was on top of samba, and his new album, Ben , was a smash.
It spent one week at the top of the British charts in December and four weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot in February Billboard ranked it number four on its Top Singles of year-end chart. Carmine Appice , who played drums on this song told Songfacts: "This was a story of a guy meeting a chick in a club.