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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MAY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Founding members Simon Kirke (drums) and Paul Rogers (Lead Singer) of Bad Company perform during Joe Walsh & Bad Company One Hell Of A Night Tour - at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on May 29, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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Bad Company: “Ready for Love”

The Hook: A song so nice, it was cut twice — with two different bands.

Album: Bad Company

Year: 1974

Writer: Mick Ralphs

Stats: Album track from both Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes and Bad Company’s Bad Company.

Background: When he started Bad Company, guitarist Mick Ralphs brought along a few songs he’d written for Mott the Hoople. One of them became his new band’s first hit, another was well known to fans of his old band. He tells the story of “Ready for Love” with a little help from BadCo drummer Simon Kirke.

Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs, with an interjection from drummer Simon Kirke, on recording versions of “Ready for Love” with two bands. OC:…that’s right. :14

Ralphs: “That was another one I’d written in the ‘Can’t Get Enough’ batch. We actually recorded that with Mott and I actually sang that. Love song, you know, just about relationships, generally.”

Kirke: “Didn’t have a guitar solo.”

Ralphs: “No, it had a piano solo, that’s right.”