Thursday, March 26, 2009

England Dan & John Ford Coley -- "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" (1976)

Just a short post about one of the 70's soft rock classics from this duo, who cranked out a bunch of them.

Dan Seals, the "England Dan" half, just died of cancer at 61 years old. He was the brother of Jim Seals of another famous pair, Seals & Crofts. Not that I had any great connection to him, but I did feel sad because England Dan and John Ford Coley were just so representative of that soft rock era.

England Dan & John Ford Coley sold a bazillion records and really were not known individually, like most soft rock acts (quick, name all three guys in America).

"I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" was just so gosh darn earnest and sensitive ("We can go walking through a windy park/Take a drive along the beach?"), and the music just so catchy and compact, that it actually remained sort of a cult sing-along favorite for many years afterward. You can even find the song in karaoke bars.

Here, with Wolfman Jack doing the intro, are England Dan and John Ford Coley performing "I'd Really Love To See You Tonight" on the Midnight Special TV show. Rest in peace.


capewood said...

This song actually had some meaning for me back then in terms of a relationship I was in. But, as pleasant as this music is, it is very forgettable. When I read your post, the title meant nothing to me some 20+ years later until I watched the video clip.

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