Russell Smith composed "Third Rate Romance' and went to Montreal to witness and assist Jesse Winchester first record the song for the album "Learn to Love It". Jesse performed and recorded with The Rhythm Aces, Jeff Davis and David McDade.

Russell joined with Jeff Davis and David McDade to become the original Amazing Rhythm Aces and recorded "Third Rate Romance" for their 1974 album "Stacked Deck". The single made it easily into the top ten.