Saturday, March 30, 2013

"Late at Night" by England Dan Seals

Song#:  0301
Date:  08/16/1980
Debut:  82
Peak:  57
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Country Crossover



Pop Bits:  As part of the duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, Seals racked up four Top 10 hits from 1976-1979. The duo had one final chart song earlier in 1980 with "In It for Love" (#75) and then disbanded. Seals pursued a solo career moving towards country-pop music and his first album "Stones" was released in 1980. This first single from the album failed to make the country chart, but made a minor dent in the pop chart. Although it would take another couple albums to get himself rooted in the country market, he would go on to have eleven #1 country hits (nine of them would be consecutive).

ReduxReview:  As a single, this is kind of a low-key snoozer. As a song, it's a nice tune that kind of breaks away from the pop that he put out with JFC. For a first single from a debut solo album, it doesn't necessarily scream "I'm here...listen to me!" But it is a pleasant listen, similar in nature to an early James Taylor song.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After the duo broke up, Seals' first album was released as credited to "England Dan Seals," most likely to help associated his solo name with his former group and music. But the "England" was dropped for his subsequent releases.

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