Third Rate Romance

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"Third Rate Romance"
Single by Amazing Rhythm Aces
from the album Stacked Deck
B-side"Mystery Train"
ReleasedJune 23, 1975
GenreCountry rock
Length3:17
LabelABC
Writer(s)Russell Smith
ProducerBarry Burton
Amazing Rhythm Aces singles chronology
"Third Rate Romance"
(1975)
"Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)"
(1975)
 
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"Third Rate Romance"
Single by Amazing Rhythm Aces
from the album Stacked Deck
B-side"Mystery Train"
ReleasedJune 23, 1975
GenreCountry rock
Length3:17
LabelABC
Writer(s)Russell Smith
ProducerBarry Burton
Amazing Rhythm Aces singles chronology
"Third Rate Romance"
(1975)
"Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)"
(1975)

"Third Rate Romance" is the title of a song recorded by the American country rock band Amazing Rhythm Aces on its 1975 album Stacked Deck. It was the band's debut single, reaching #11 on the U.S. country singles charts and #14 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] as well as #1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks and Top Singles charts.

Contents

Content

The song is a narrative about a man (presumably the singer) who has a one night stand with a woman he met at a restaurant/bar and took to a motel. Implied within the lyrics is that the tryst is not the first for either.

Chart performance

Chart (1975)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles11
U.S. Billboard Hot 10014
Canadian RPM Country Tracks1
Canadian RPM Top Singles1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks2
Preceded by
"Say Forever You'll Be Mine"
by Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner
Canadian RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 25, 1975
Succeeded by
"Secret Love"
by Freddy Fender
Preceded by
"The Ballroom Blitz"
by Sweet
Canadian RPM Top Singles
number-one single

October 13, 1975
Succeeded by
"I'm Sorry"
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"
ReleasedOctober 30, 1994
GenreCountry
Length3:21
LabelMercury Nashville
Writer(s)Russell Smith
ProducerBuddy Cannon, Norro Wilson
Sammy Kershaw singles chronology
"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,[2] and #10 in Canada. Kershaw's version features backing vocals from former Amazing Rhythm Aces member Russell Smith, who also wrote the song.

Music video

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.

Chart performance

Chart (1994)Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks2
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 1005
Canadian RPM Country Tracks10

Other versions

References

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 24. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, p. 224
  3. ^ www.last.fm/music/Kenny+Chesney/_/Third+Grade+Romance