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Tonight's The Night by Rod Stewart
Album: A Night On The TownReleased: 1976Charted:
This was never released as a single in England because it was banned on British radio stations due to suggestive lyrics. The offending lyric is: "Spread your wings and let me come inside."
Stewart's girlfriend, Swedish actress Britt Ekland, sings the French part at the end. In the May, 1995 issue of Mojo magazine, Stewart said: "I was going out with Britt Ekland. I'd just moved here. So that's 20 years ago. I remember I got her drunk, pissed as a fart to sing that old French bollocks on the end, because she didn't want to do it." When asked if he paid her a royalty, Stewart replied, "Bollocks! I bought her a nice frock."
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played on this. They were a group of four musicians who started their own studio - Muscle Shoals Sound - in 1969 after doing sessions for FAME studios for Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, and many other popular Soul acts. The famous story the musicians tell is that when Stewart arrived at the studios and saw the musicians getting ready, he refused to believe they were the band - he was sure the guys he heard playing on those records were black, and had a hard time accepting that four white guys were the band.
In 2003, a musical called Tonight's The Night opened in London. The show featured Rod Stewart's hits in much the same way as Abba's show Mamma Mia! and Billy Joel's Movin' Out. Tonight's The Night didn't do nearly as well; it closed a year later.