This was written by country music songwriter Even Stevens, who came recommended by Shel Silverstein, a prolific author who wrote Dr. Hook's hits "Cover Of The Rolling Stone" and "Sylvia's Mother."
The group had two primary vocalists. The plan was to have Ray Sawyer (the one with the eye patch) sing lead on this track, but their other singer, Dennis Locorriere, recorded the guide vocal. Sawyer spent some time with the demo learning the song, and decided that the song was better suited for Dennis, so it was Locorriere who sang lead.
In 1979, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show re-released their 1976 album A Little Bit More with this track included.
AnonymousI like the sense of humour and the use of the various music and lyrics skills to venerat otcomes as a band. I like the turns around of faces to indicate the watches out.i like the skills of the drummer for this version. Thanks guys.
Mike from Norwalk, CtThis song is like alot of songs from when I was a kid. Don't even realize what you're singing. Imagine todays kids with people like lady gaga?? OMG. Lyrics are SO important, even more important than the music!!!!!
Mark from Byrdstown, Tn"When youre in love with a beautiful woman,its hard"---I mean come on its one of the greatest double meaning song lyrics ever!
Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaI'm a bit sad -- had the refrain in my head ("when you're in love with a beautiful woman", because I am, so loked it up, read the full lyrics, & it's not exactly a love song -- it's kind of threatening to be hyper-jealous! But, yeah, I know, when you're talking to a hot woman, you have NO friends, only c*ck-blockers &/or opportunists! :P It's a tough world ... "when you're in love with a beautiful woman". . . *LOL*
Mike from Hueytown , AlIve always like this song..a lot of truth to it. Good sing along song
Arizona DJ Guy Zapoleon played UB40's "Red Red Wine" four years after it was released as part of a feature on songs that should have been hits. Listeners started requesting the tune and within weeks it was topping the Hot 100.