This song took a lot of pressure off Taylor, who was in deep in the cycle of recording and touring, which demanded a constant flow of new songs. When Kortchmar approached him with this track, he was thrilled to get a single-worthy song that he didn't have to write.
There was another factor as well. "James doesn't really write a whole lot of Rock & Roll," Kortchmar told us. "He has written some really great Rock & Roll songs, but this one was something I guess he felt would be good on his album. Peter Asher agreed with him, and away we went."Peter Asher
produced the JT
album and helped establish Taylor's signature sound. Asher was half of the duo Peter & Gordon, who had a transatlantic #1 with "A World Without Love
." He is one of the most successful and acclaimed producers of his time, with Grammy wins for Producer of the Year in 1978 and 1990.