1998. Rod Stewart. “Smiler” Released on C.D.


1998. Rod Stew­art. “Smil­er” Released on C.D.

This was the fourth Rod Stew­art album I played on, and the final album for Mer­cury Records, released on vinyl in 1974. Now on CD. My favorite track is “Sweet Lit­tle Rock n Roller” with Mick­y’s Box­er dog “Zak” bark­ing over the intro…one of those beau­ti­ful­ly spon­ta­neous moments that can hap­pen in rock n roll.

The release of the album itself was held up for five months due to legal prob­lems between Mer­cury Records and Warn­er Bros. Records.

I was liv­ing in the lit­tle vil­lage of West­er­ham in the coun­ty of Kent with my new girl­friend Jean­nette, who I had just flown over from the USA. We were mar­ried in the USA in 1975.
Paul Kant­ner & Grace Slick called me in Eng­land sev­er­al times ask­ing when I would be com­ing back to San Fran­cis­co to join Jef­fer­son Star­ship. The first Jef­fer­son Star­ship tour used Peter Kauko­nen on bass while I was still in Eng­land recording.
Ron Wood also put me in touch with Ste­vie Wind­wood about pos­si­bly play­ing bass on a new “Traf­fic” tour of the USA he was get­ting togeth­er. I was also rehears­ing a band with gui­tarist Mar­tin Quit­ten­ton. How­ev­er, I decid­ed to fly back to the States to attend Jean­net­te’s sis­ter Rita’s wed­ding, and check out Jef­fer­son Starship…which turned out to be a good move.
“Smil­er” sold 1 mil­lion worldwide…which was down a bit from Rod’s pre­vi­ous albums. — with Rod Stew­art, Ian McLa­gan, Mar­tin Quit­ten­ton, Ron­nie Wood, Micky Waller and The Mem­phis Horns.
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