I Was Only Joking

"I Was Only Joking" is a song written by Gary Grainger and Rod Stewart. Stewart released it as a track on his 1977 album, Foot Loose & Fancy Free.[1]

"I Was Only Joking"
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Foot Loose & Fancy Free
B-side"Born Loose"
ReleasedApril 1978
Format7" single
Length4:50 (single version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Gary Grainger, Rod Stewart
Producer(s)Tom Dowd
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Hot Legs"
"I Was Only Joking"
"Ole Ola (Mulher Brasileira)"

When released as a single, the song performed well, becoming a top 40 hit in various countries, including #5 in the UK and #22 in the US. In the United Kingdom, "I Was Only Joking" charted as part of a double A-side with "Hot Legs".[2]

The song is one of Stewart's most loved songs, containing some of his finest sets of lyrics. A heartfelt tale of youth, looked on from a now-mature perspective in regret and sorrow. A long guitar solo features, starting with acoustic then moving to electric. The solo is played by Stewart’s frequent collaborator and English guitarist Jim Cregan. It is seen as one of the best guitar solos in classic rock.

Chart performanceEdit


  1. ^ "I Was Only Joking". allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1978.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4638b&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4638b.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4638b
  4. ^ http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/films-videos-sound-recordings/rpm/Pages/image.aspx?Image=nlc008388.4596&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fwww.collectionscanada.gc.ca%2fobj%2f028020%2ff4%2fnlc008388.4596.gif&Ecopy=nlc008388.4596
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 March 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.

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