Former member of the Emmylou Harris Hot Band, Rodney Crowell composed "Shame On the Moon" in 1981. Rodney and Roseanne Cash were once married.

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band released the album "The Distance" in 1982 and "Shame On the Moon" with Glenn Frey on background vocals and acting as a piano player was the first single. It hit number two on the pop charts, topped the adult contemporary chart and peaked at number fifteen on the country chart.