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Wild Cherry was a top-level rock cover band on their second incarnation in , playing the circuit in the Ohio and Pennsylvania region, with their own originals thrown into the mix. And we were a hard-working band playing four, five, six nights a week. I had the first two verses and chorus written by the time we hit the stage. And I wrote the last verse in the car on the way home. I remember it happening at the Club in downtown Pittsburgh, which had turned into a big disco. We were still playing Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Foghat.