The late 1970s helped solidify Rod Stewart’s career, especially with the release of the single Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright).
The first single for Stewart’s seventh album, A Night on the Town, the album was written and recorded between December 1975 and April 1976 at studios in Hollywood, California and Muscle Shoals Sound, Alabama.
Inspired by America’s song Today’s the Day, Stewart’s song is highly suggestive, singing to a young woman on seemingly how to prepare for a night of passion.
Stewart’s girlfriend Britt Ekland recorded a spoken word part for the song in French, but its not often heard in radio airplay since its thought to be too suggestive for radio and is often edited for length.
The song (and album) features many musicians, including Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Booker T. Jones and David Foster.
Released in May 1976 as the album’s first single (and in September 1976, its steady climb of the Billboard Hot 100 charts gave Stewart his second Billboard Hot 100 number one spot, as well as became the number one bestselling song of 1977.
The song was also a top five hit in Canada, Australia, Ireland, UK, Netherlands and New Zealand.
Singer Tina Turner often included this song in her live performances, while Janet Jackson recorded a cover version of the song.
As a song of the 1970s, this song still is one of the classics from the now Sir Rod Stewart.