Third Rate Romance
|"Third Rate Romance"|
|Single by Amazing Rhythm Aces|
|from the album Stacked Deck|
|Released||June 23, 1975|
|Amazing Rhythm Aces singles chronology|
"Third Rate Romance" is a song written by Russell Smith, first recorded in Montreal in 1974 by Jesse Winchester and his band the Rhythm Aces, assisted by Smith. It became a hit the following year by the newly re-formed Amazing Rhythm Aces on its 1975 album Stacked Deck. It was the band's debut single, reaching number 11 on the U.S. country singles charts and number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as number 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks and Top Singles charts.
The third-person lyrics tell the story of a man and woman who meet at a restaurant/bar and depart together for what presumably will prove to be a one night stand at a motel (the "Family Inn"). At the door of the room, she nervously says more than once, "I've never really done this kind of thing before--have you?" He admits that he has, "but only a time or two."
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||14|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||1|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
"Say Forever You'll Be Mine"
by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks
October 25, 1975
by Freddy Fender
"The Ballroom Blitz"
|Canadian RPM Top Singles
October 13, 1975
by John Denver
Sammy Kershaw version
|"Third Rate Romance"|
|Single by Sammy Kershaw|
|from the album Feelin' Good Train|
|B-side||"Paradise from Nine to One"|
|Released||October 30, 1994|
|Producer(s)||Buddy Cannon, Norro Wilson|
|Sammy Kershaw singles chronology|
Country music artist Sammy Kershaw covered the song on his 1994 album Feelin' Good Train, from which it was released as a single in 1994. It peaked at number 2 in the United States, and number 10 in Canada. Kershaw's version features backing vocals from former Amazing Rhythm Aces member Russell Smith, who also wrote the song.
The music video was directed by Michael Merriman, and features a woman tricking an old man into going to a motel with her, but she winds up stealing his money and watch, and she winds up driving off with another man, and the old man tries to chase them down.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||10|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||5|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
- Jesse Winchester recorded the track on his 1974 album Learn to love it.
- Rosanne Cash recorded the track on her 1982 album, Somewhere in the Stars.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 24. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Whitburn, p. 224
- "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2653." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 14, 1994. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
- "Sammy Kershaw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Sammy Kershaw.
- "Sammy Kershaw Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sammy Kershaw.