This tender ballad was the song that kickstarted Rod Stewart's Time
album, his first record containing his own original songs in 15 years. Rod recalled to The Guardian that he only started writing again after a visit from his friend Jim Cregan to his mansion in Essex, England. "He comes round for Sunday dinner when I'm in the country and always brings his guitar," the star recalled. "I watch him come up the drive and ... 'Oh, f--king hell, he's brought his guitar again.' He's always pushing me to write a song. So he says: 'Come on, siddown, let's have a go.' I said: 'No, I wanna have a little lie down. Just had Sunday dinner.' So he said: 'Come on, have a little go.' So I started singing, and he took it home, worked on the track a little bit, added a couple more guitars, and that was Brighton Beach."
Former Family and Cockney Rebel guitarist Jim Cregan joined Rod Stewart's band in 1977 and became his musical director, co-producer and co-writer. Cregan co-penned many hits with Stewart, including "Passion", "Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me)", and " Forever Young