The Killing Of Georgie (Part I & II) - Rod Stewart

Writer: Rod Stewart

Producer: Tom Dowd

Recorded: Fall 1975 to early 1976 in Los Angeles

Released: Summer 1976

Players: Rod Stewart--vocals
Steve Cropper--guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn--bass
David Foster--keyboards
John Jarvis--keyboards
Al Jackson--drums
Joe Lala--percussion
Plas Johnson--saxophone
Album: A Night On The Town (Warner Bros., 1976)

The third single from Rod Stewart's A Night On The Town album, "The Killing Of Georgie (Part I & II)" was based on the true story of a gay man, a friend of Stewart's, who was killed during a robbery in New York City.

A concert rendition of the song almost turned into the killing of Rod as well. Stewart recalled, "On live performances of this song in the late '70s, with my good self on acoustic guitar, a New York street scene was erected on stage with a full-size lamp post lowered from above. On one particular night, I stood by mistake underneath the descending lamppost, which struck me on the shoulder and caused me to stumble and fall in front of 18,000 people. Neither the song nor the lamppost has been heard of since."

A Night On The Town topped the U.K. chart and hit Number Two on the Billboard 200.

The album also sold more than three million copies, Stewart's best showing up to that point.

A U.K. television special based on A Night On The Town aired in October 1976.