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"Old Time Rock and Roll" is a song made famous by Bob Seger, which is featured on his 1978 album Stranger in Town and released as a single in 1979. It is a nostalgic look at the music of a previous generation. The singer claims he prefers blues, soul music, and rock 'n' roll over tango or disco. The song was featured in the Tom Cruise film Risky Business and gained widespread notoriety because of its inclusion. The track was also featured on WKRP in Cincinnati on the episode "Pilot: Part Two", shortly after its initial release. The song was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studiosmarker in Muscle Shoals, Alabamamarker. The famous piano "false start" at the beginning of the song was actually an error caused by the tape operator at the recording studio. Seger and his management, however, liked how the "mistake" sounded and kept it in the final mix.

Bob Seger's version is actually quite different from the original. He said in 2006 (and also on the "Stranger in Town" episode of the US radio show In the Studio with Redbeard a few years earlier):
All I kept from the original was: "Old time rock and roll, that kind of music just soothes the soul, I reminisce about the days of old with that old time rock and roll".
I rewrote the verses and I never took credit.
That was the dumbest thing I ever did.
And Tom Jones (Thomas E.
Jones) and George Jackson know it too.
But I just wanted to finish the record [Stranger in Town].
I rewrote every verse you hear except for the choruses.
I didn't ask for credit.
My manager said: "You should ask for a third of the credit."
And I said: "Nah.
Nobody's gonna like it."
I'm not credited on it so I couldn't control the copyright either.
Meanwhile it became a Wendy's commercial because I couldn't control it.
Oh my God, it was awful!


"Old Time Rock and Roll" achieved substantial album-oriented rock radio airplay and as the fourth single from Stranger in Town, it reached number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. It was re-released in 1983 after its inclusion in the film Risky Business and reached number 48 on the Billboard singles chart. The song remains a staple on classic rock radio. In 1996, it was ranked #2 among the Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time by the Amusement & Music Operators Association.

In Australia, the song was released twice and charted for a total of 55 weeks. The first run was in 1983 after its use in the film "Risky Business". The second run saw it reach #3 in late 1987.

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