Jul 082007
 

From FOOT LOOSE AND FANCY FREE
Written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson

The 1977 hit album “Foot Loose & Fancy Free” was another winner in Rod Stewart’s long history of successes. Released on Riva Records, this multi-platinum album was produced by the extraordinary Tom Dowd. Dowd was responsible for Stewart’s 1976 “A Night on the Town” as well as legendary recordings by the likes of Aretha Franklin, The Allman Brothers Band and Eric Clapton. “Foot Loose & Fancy Free” is an irresistible pop/rock collection that includes big hits like the classic ballad “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” plus rockers “Hot Legs” and “I Was Only Joking.” The up and coming David Foster started his collaboration with the superstar on “A Night on the Town.” He played keyboards on the #1 hit “Tonight’s The Night.” He was called again, together with a string of top session guys, to add some magic to “Foot Loose & Fancy Free.”

Foster’s keyboards shine on the stunning rendition of the soul classic “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right.” This song has been covered through the years by a multitude of famous singers like Luther Ingram, Barbara Mandrell, Tom Jones and, in recent years, Cassandra Wilson. This bluesy take is really impressive due to Stewart’s noteworthy vocal performance and the beautiful musical accompaniment. The delicate intro played by Foster on the acoustic piano sets the rarefied atmosphere created by the singer’s trademark voice that blends perfectly with the excellent musicianship of the backing band and the orchestra.


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Lead Vocals: Rod Stewart
Bass: Phil Chen
Guitars: Steve Cropper, Fred Tackett & Jim Cregan
Keyboards: David Foster
Drums: Carmine Appice
Saxophone: Phil Kenzie
Percussion: Paulinho Da Costa & Tommy Vig
Produced by Tom Dowd


Lyrics

If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right
If being right means being without you
I’d rather live a wrong doing life
Your mama and daddy say it’s a shame
It’s a downright disgrace
Long as I got you by my side
I don’t care what your people say

Your friends tell you there’s no future
in loving a married man
If I can’t see you when I want to
I’ll see you when I can
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right

Am I wrong to fall so deeply in love with you
knowing I got a wife and two little children
depending on me too
And am I wrong to hunger
for the gentleness of your touch
knowing I got somebody else at home
who needs me just as much

And are you wrong to fall in love
with a married man
And am I wrong trying to hold on
to the best thing I ever had
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right

Are you wrong to give your love
to a married man
And am I wrong trying to hold on
to the best thing I ever had
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right
If loving you is wrong I don’t wanna be right

I don’t wanna be right
if it means sleeping alone at night
I don’t wanna be right
if it means coming home at night
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna
I don’t wanna never, never, never be right