A Night on the Town (Rod Stewart album)

A Night on the Town is Rod Stewart's seventh album, released in 1976. The cover art is based on Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting Bal du moulin de la Galette, with Stewart inserted in the centre in period costume. On 30 June 2009, Rhino reissued the album as a two-disc CD with bonus tracks. Stewart performed "Big Bayou" regularly with The Faces during their final US tour the previous year, although that version was based on the one Ronnie Wood released on his solo album, Now Look. A Night on the Town was Stewart's last UK number-one studio album until Time in 2013.

A Night on the Town
Rod Stewart - A Night On The Town.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 June 1976
RecordedDecember 1975-April 1976
StudioCherokee Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA (except "The First Cut Is the Deepest": Muscle Shoals Sound, AL), String overdubs: Criteria, Miami, FL Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO.
LabelRiva, Warner Bros.
ProducerTom Dowd
Rod Stewart chronology
Atlantic Crossing
A Night on the Town
Foot Loose & Fancy Free
Singles from A Night on the Town
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]
Rolling Stone(favourable)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[4]

The album is regarded as one of Stewart's finest. "The Killing Of Georgie" is one of Stewart's most hard hitting set of lyrics, a melancholic tale of a gay friend who is cast out by his family and becomes a sensation in the New York nightlife, only to be mugged and beaten to death by a New Jersey gang in New York City. Controversial "Tonight's the Night" was a No. 1 hit but was banned by some radio stations due to the very obvious lyrics about sex and loss of virginity. A cover of Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is The Deepest" was also a success and has since become one of Stewart's signature songs. Another controversial song, "The Balltrap", again had explicit sexual references in its lyrics as well as a touch of racism towards a trashy woman.

Track listingEdit

Original releaseEdit

Side one – Slow Side
1."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"Rod Stewart3:54
2."The First Cut Is the Deepest"Cat Stevens4:31
3."Fool for You"Stewart3:49
4."The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"Stewart6:28
Side two – Fast Side
1."The Balltrap"Stewart4:37
2."Pretty Flamingo"Mark Barkan3:27
3."Big Bayou"Gib Guilbeau3:54
4."The Wild Side of Life"Arlie Carter, William Warren5:09
5."Trade Winds"Ralph MacDonald, William Salter5:16

2009 re-releaseEdit

Disc One
1."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)"3:56
2."The First Cut Is the Deepest"4:28
3."Fool for You"3:47
4."The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)"6:22
5."The Balltrap"4:41
6."Pretty Flamingo"3:32
7."Big Bayou"3:55
8."The Wild Side of Life"5:10
9."Trade Winds"5:28
Disc Two
1."Share" (Studio Outtake)4:19
2."Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" (Early version)3:51
3."The First Cut Is the Deepest" (Early version)3:48
4."Fool for You" (Early version)3:40
5."The Killing of Georgie (Part I)" (Early version)4:22
6."The Balltrap" (Early version)4:40
7."Pretty Flamingo" (Early version)3:26
8."Big Bayou" (Early version)4:13
9."The Wild Side of Life" (Early version)4:47
10."Trade Winds" (Early version)4:44
11."Rosie" (Early version)4:21
12."Get Back" (From the soundtrack All This and World War II)4:05
13."The Killing Of Georgie [Part II]" ([Alternate Vocals]) 
14."Tonight's The Night [Gonna Be Alright]" ([Spoken Excerpt]) 



Weekly chartsEdit

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard – Pop Albums 2
Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 1
UK Albums (OCC)[5] 1


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" Billboard – Pop Singles 1
1977 "The Killing of Georgie (Part I and II)" Billboard – Pop Singles 30
1977 "The First Cut Is the Deepest" Billboard – Pop Singles 21


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[7] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[9] Gold 50,000[8]
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "A Night on the Town – Rod Stewart". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 13 March 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Dave Marsh (26 August 1976). "Rod Stewart A Night on the Town Album Review". Rolling Stone.
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone Album Guide". Archived from the original on 5 January 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Rod Stewart | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Rod Stewart – A Night On the". Music Canada. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Night On The Town" (PDF). Cash Box. 18 December 1976. p. 47. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – A Night On the Town". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 November 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type A Night On the Town in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Rod Stewart – A Night On the". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 November 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.