Third Rate Romance

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"Third Rate Romance"
Third Rate Romance single cover.JPG
Single by Amazing Rhythm Aces
from the album Stacked Deck
B-side "Mystery Train"
Released June 23, 1975
Genre Country rock
Length 3:17
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Russell Smith
Producer(s) Barry Burton
Amazing Rhythm Aces singles chronology
"Third Rate Romance"
(1975)
"Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)"
(1975)

"Third Rate Romance"
(1975)
"Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)"
(1975)

"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 #11 on the U.S. country singles chart and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] as well as #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks and Top Singles charts.

Content[edit]

The third-person lyrics tell the story of a man and woman who meet at a restaurant 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."

Chart performance[edit]

Sammy Kershaw version[edit]

"Third Rate Romance"
Single by Sammy Kershaw
from the album Feelin' Good Train
B-side "Paradise from Nine to One"
Released August 30, 1994
Genre Country
Length 3:21
Label Mercury Nashville
Songwriter(s) Russell Smith
Producer(s) Buddy Cannon, Norro Wilson
Sammy Kershaw singles chronology
"National Working Woman's Holiday"
(1994)
"Third Rate Romance"
(1994)
"Southbound"
(1995)

"National Working Woman's Holiday"
(1994)
"Third Rate Romance"
(1994)
"Southbound"
(1995)

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 #2 in the United States[10] and at #10 in Canada. Kershaw's version features backing vocals from former Amazing Rhythm Aces member Russell Smith, who also wrote the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Merriman. It features a woman tricking an old man into going to a motel with her. She steals his money and watch and then drives off with another man, as the old man tries to chase them down.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[11] 10
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[12] 5
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 2

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