How Sweet’s Biggest Hit “Ballroom Blitz” Was Recorded In A Single Day

Sweet’s Producer Phil Wainman Tells The Story Of Ballroom Blitz

Upon Finishing The Song, Wainman Says “The Hair’s On The Back Of My Neck Stood Up.”

When you capture lightning in a bottle you know it.

The iconic song Ballroom Blitz was recorded in a single day after just two to three takes.

Phil Wainman the producer of Sweet in the early 1970s when the band was turning out hit after hit, describes how the song Ballroom Blitz came to be, in this excerpt below in an interview with Iain McNay.

After the recording session was complete Wainman simply said to the band, “Do you think that’s a number one in America?”

The song did rise to the top of the charts in Europe in 1973 and hit number five when it was finally released in the U.S.A. in 1975. However, not everyone loved the song. One of the English music paper’s reviews of Ballroom Blitz was “unadulterated rubbish.”

The writers of Ballroom Blitz were Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. But the late Steve Priest, Sweet’s bass player confirms that until Wainman shaped the song, Ballroom Blitz was “abysmal.”

Sweet Drummer Mick Tucker took Wainman’s idea and brought it to a new level with a powerful driving beat.

The final result is a classic song which holds up as an instantly recognizable classic almost 50 years later.

Guitarist Andy Scott, singer Brian Connolly, Steve Priest and Mick Tucker will always be thought of as the originators of Ballroom Blitz, even though they did not write it.

2 thoughts on “How Sweet’s Biggest Hit “Ballroom Blitz” Was Recorded In A Single Day

  1. Brian

    When I was a kid we were all obsessed with “Ballroom Blitz”. It was one of the first 45 RPM records that I owned that wasn’t a kiddie record.

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  2. Steve from PA

    The Sweet were a sadly underappreciated band. If they had been left to their own devices, they might have been a huge pre-NWOBHM band along the lines of UFO. The original UK version of “Fox on the Run” should have been released here instead of the pop version on Desolation Boulevard. It might have been enough to win over early American metalheads.

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