Can’t Get Enough – Bad Company

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………on October 26th of 1974 English supergroup Bad Company tops the Cashbox Best Sellers chart (best selling single in America) with “Can’t Get Enough”. It will prove to be their biggest North American hit, although they will place eight more songs in the US Top 40. The album Bad Company, their debut, hit #1 on Billboard’s albums chart and sold five million copies. This song is a good taste of the original lineup of Bad Company, one of the earliest and longest-lived supergroups. It combined singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke from the band Free, guitarist Mick Ralphs from the band Mott the Hoople, and bassist Boz Burrell from King Crimson (squeeee! go the progressive rock fans!). Not to mention sharing a manager, Peter Grant, with Led Zeppelin.”Can’t Get Enough” was written by Mick Ralphs when he was still with Mott the Hoople, but the band (or their record label) rejected it. When he joined Bad Company, they were happy to record the song. Ralphs also brought “Movin’ On” with him, which became the group’s next single, as well as “Ready For Love,” which he originally recorded with Mott, but re-did with Bad Co. As the first track on the first Bad Company album, and also the first single released by the group, this song introduced them with the sound of drummer Simon Kirke counting in and blasting two beats to start things off. The single was cut down to 3:28 to make it more radio friendly than the 4:16 album version. The edit excises the count-in and much of the outro. This visited the Top 20 of the Hot 100 the same time as Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe.” There was little confusion between the two songs. The song peaked at #5 on Billboard and reached #15 in the UK.