Five For Friday: England Dan & John Ford Coley (Yacht Rock)

“England” Dan Seals (brother of Jim Seals from Seals & Crofts) and John Ford Coley were active during the 1970’s, but their music continues to entertain Adult Contemporary audiences and still sounds fresh. Six of their songs reached the Top 10 on the AC chart (then known as the Easy Listening chart) in the US, all of which are in the playlist below.

# Song AC
1 “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight” 1 Their most successful single, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 (behind Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music, White Boy”) and #5 in Canada. It was certified Gold by the RIAA. From their 1976 album Nights Are Forever, which reached #17 on the US album chart and #11 in Canada, and was also certified Gold. It was written by Parker McGee, and redone by England Dan in 1995 as an acoustic country cover.
2 “Nights Are Forever Without You” 6 Their followup single was also from Nights Are Forever and peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #10 in Canada. Also written by Parker McGee, it was redone by Seals on his 1998 album In A Quiet Room II.
3 “It’s Sad To Belong” 1 Written by Randy Goodrum, it’s been called a “timeless classic.” From their 1977 album Dowdy Ferry Road, this went to #9 in Canada but only to #21 in the US. John Ford Coley still does this one in concerts.
4 “Gone Too Far” 8 Also from Dowdy Ferry Road, this reached #23 in the US and #15 in Canada.
5 “We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again” 1 Written by Jeffrey Comanor, his single failed to chart, as did a cover by Deardorff & Joseph, while this cover spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart. From 1978 and the album Some Things Don’t Come Easy, this was a bit of a rebound for them, reaching #9 on the Hot 100 and #11 in Canada.
6 “Love Is The Answer” 1 This was written by Todd Rundgren for his band Utopia, and was the closimg song on their 1977 album Oops! Wrong Planet. From 1979’s Dr. Heckle & Mr. Jive, this reached #10 on the Hot 100.
7 Whatever Happened To England Dan & John Ford Coley? This is by Dave Spuria, also known as The Real Music Observer on YouTube, I thought to include this in lieu of doing it myself. Dave’s a former DJ, so he’s really up on things like this, and he’s a good person as well.

England Dan & John Ford Coley, your Five For Friday, August 14, 2020.

13 thoughts on “Five For Friday: England Dan & John Ford Coley (Yacht Rock)

  1. I forgot about these songs and they were nice to listen to. God, Wolfman Jack…he was great but boy does he look like someone I dated a few years back


  2. Pretty songs. Agree with the comments about not changing the station but not buying the albums either. I might have to see if there is a CD at the library I can borrow to download. Happy Friday, John.


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