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 #11 on the U.S. country singles chart and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as #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 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."
Sammy Kershaw version
|"Third Rate Romance"|
|Single by Sammy Kershaw|
|from the album Feelin' Good Train|
|B-side||"Paradise from Nine to One"|
|Released||August 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 #2 in the United States and at #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. 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.
|Canada Country Tracks (RPM)||10|
|US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)||5|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
- Jesse Winchester recorded the song on his 1974 album Learn to Love It.
- Ace Spectrum recorded a more funky version of the song on their 1975 album Low Rent Rendezvous.
- Elvis Costello recorded the song as a demo in 1975 on the album known as the "Flip City Demos"
- Tom Jones recorded the song in 1976
- Rosanne Cash recorded the song on her 1982 album Somewhere in the Stars.
- Fabulous Poodles recorded the song on their 1978 album Unsuitable.
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