I Was Only Joking

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"I Was Only Joking"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Foot Loose & Fancy Free
B-side"Born Loose"
ReleasedApril 1978
Format7" single
Length4:50 (single version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Gary Grainger, Rod Stewart
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Hot Legs"
"I Was Only Joking"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

"I Was Only Joking" is a song written by Gary Grainger and Rod Stewart. Stewart released it as a track on his 1977 album, Foot Loose & Fancy Free.[1]

When released as a single, the song performed well, becoming a top 40 hit in various countries, including #5 in the UK and #22 in the US. In the United Kingdom, "I Was Only Joking" charted as part of a double A-side with "Hot Legs".[2]

The song is one of Stewart's most loved songs, containing some of his finest sets of lyrics. A heartfelt tale of youth, looked on from a now-mature perspective in regret and sorrow. A long guitar solo features, starting with acoustic then moving to electric. It is seen as one of the best guitar solos in classic rock.

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  1. ^ "I Was Only Joking". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1978.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4638b&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4638b.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4638b
  4. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4596&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4596.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4596
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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