Are you one of the many who sang the wrong line for the song “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight?” Instead of saying “I’m not talking about movin’ in,” many misheard the line as “I’m not talking about the linen.” Guilty? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.
Though the song was recorded in 1976, many radio stations still play the track up to this day. It has become familiar to the listeners for over four decades. Hence, its classic rhythm surpassed the music preferences of the generations that came. The song was made popular by England Dan and John Coley.
For the record, the song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks and landed on the top spot of the Easy Listening chart. Also, for the year 1976, Billboard listed it as the #21 song of the year.
Written by Parker McGee, the song’s storyline revolves around two people who haven’t seen each other in a long time, and they want to catch up for old time’s sake, and perhaps even start a relationship. But a long time commitment isn’t the goal, as referenced by the chorus. The lovers just want to meet each other, maybe for just one night.
Reba McEntire and Jacky Ward covered the song in 1978 as part of a double-sided single with “Three Sheets in the Wind.” Also, Barry Manilow did an excellent version for her 1996 album, Summer of ’78.
England Dan & John Ford Coley
The 1920’s were the peak time for the duo Danny Wayland “England Dan” Seals and John Edward “John Ford” Coley. They released a total of 11 albums and nine singles throughout their collaboration. They placed six Top 40 singles between 1976 and 1979. Among the songs they made popular were “I’d Really Love to see you Tonight”, “Love Is the Answer,” “Gone Too Far”, “Nights are Forever Without You,” “It’s Sad to Belong,” and We’ll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again.” The two met each other at W.W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas.
The duo disbanded in 1980, and Seals began performing as Dan Seals focusing on country music. He successfully produced 11 No. 1 country hits that include “Meet me in Montana,” and “Bop.” On the other hand, John Ford Coley continued his career on television shows. He went on tours in the 1900’s until the 2000’s.
For fans out there who missed the duo, here’s a song that will bring back their memories.
Dan Seals, England Dan & John Ford Coley, I'd Really Love to See You Tonight