“Russ Kunkel and I would meet at 10am and do Rita Coolidge, and then there would be another session, and Stevie was our third session of the day. She and I hadn’t seen each other in years, but she wanted me there. I was thrilled. That’s where I met Jimmy Iovine and Shelly Yakus, a well as the basis of her first touring band, Benmont Tench and Roy Bittan.
“It was magic. Edge Of Seventeen was an explosive thing in the studio. They were patterning it off of a song that had an echo on it, but I don’t use effects. I wasn’t going to use a fucking echo. They were like, ‘What?’ But I said, ‘I’ll show you. Let me just do my thing.’ I used the same Les Paul, the same little amp, and when everybody heard it, they went nuts. It had a tense sound that wasn’t there with the echo. It kept working and working.
“It was extraordinary to see Stevie become this rock ‘n’ roller, because when I met her she was like this little folk girl. We always had this thing, like, ‘I like you, you like me, but I know you don’t care about what I do.’ But one night I said to her, after we did the first show of her tour, ‘Stevie, you really impressed me. Standing on stage with you, you are a rock ‘n’ roller, my girl.’ She thought I was kidding. ‘Get outta here!’ she said. But I was totally serious. She’s incredible.”