|Old Time Rock and Roll|
Single by Bob Seger from the album Stranger in Town
B-side "Sunspot Baby"
Released March 1979
Format 7" vinyl
Writer(s) George Jackson
Thomas E. Jones III
Bob Seger (Uncredited: Verse lyrics re-written)
Producer Bob Seger
Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
"Old Time Rock and Roll" is the title of a song by Bob Seger 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, possibly the original rock 'n' roll era.
The song was featured in the Tom Cruise film Risky Business and gained widespread fame because of its inclusion. It has since become a standard in popular music, being named by the Amusement & Music Operators Association the most played song ever by a male artist, and ranking #2 on their list of Top 40 Jukebox Singles of All Time.
It was also listed as one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. The song was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Sound Suite Studios in Detroit, Michigan.
The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, who often backed Seger in his studio recordings, sent Seger a demo of the song during the recording of Stranger in Town. 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):
Originally, the Silver Bullet Band was displeased with its inclusion on Stranger in Town, claiming, according to Seger, that the song was not "Silver Bullety". However, upon hearing audience reactions to it during their tour in Europe, the band grew to like the song.
In 1990, Seger joined Billy Joel on one occasion and Don Henley on another to play the song during their concerts in Auburn Hills, Michigan. He also performed the song at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The song was featured in the 1983 film Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise. Cruise's character, Joel Goodson, famously lip-syncs and dances in his underwear as this song plays after his parents leave him home alone. This scene is widely regarded as a cinema classic.
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.
Australian Kent Music Report 3.