Sweet Rhode Island Red was recorded at the Turners' Bolic Sound studio. A majority of the songs from the album were written by Tina Turner, including the title track which was released as a single in February 1974. "Sweet Rhode Island Red" peaked at number 43 on the Billboard R&B chart, number 43 in Germany, number 17 in Italy and number 51 on the UK Singles Chart.
The follow-up single "Sexy Ida" was released in two versions: the funk rhythmic A-side, "Sexy Ida (Part 1)," and the up-temp B-side, "Sexy Ida (Part 2)." "Sexy Ida (Part 1)" reached number 29 on Billboard R&B chart and number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. In Europe it peaked at number 51 on the UK Singles Chart and number 35 in Italy. "Sexy Ida (Part 2)" features rock musician Marc Bolan on guitar. It peaked at number 85 on the Hot 100 and number 9 on the R&B chart. Both parts were not registered in time to be included on the initial release of Sweet Rhode Island Red. However, the songs were later included on the track list in selected countries.