Almost Classic Country: England Dan and John Ford Coley
The millions of people who liked England Dan and John Ford Coley’s music in the 1970′s called it ‘soft rock’. The millions of people who didn’t called it ‘chicken rock’.
Either way, they sold millions of records.
Beginning in 1976 with ‘I’d Really Love To See You Tonight’, and continuing on with hits like ‘Nights Are Forever Without You’, ‘Sad To Belong’, ‘We’ll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again’ and ‘Love Is The Answer’, England Dan and John Ford Coley had a major pop music career.
Classic Country? No, but it was close. When you listen to these soft hit’s about love lost and love found, and the beautiful harmonies these two had, they might easily have crossed over to the country charts had they been released a decade or two later.
And speaking of the next decade, England Dan would have a huge country music career with giant hit’s like ‘Bop’, You Still Move Me’, Big Wheels In The Moonlight’…in fact, 15 country music top 10 hits including 11 #1 country hits! You see, England Dan wasn’t English at all…he was a Texan (as was John Ford Coley) and in country music he used his real name.
Dan Seals. Sadly, Dan Passed away in 2009 at the age of 61 of mantle cell lymphoma.
Oh, and John Ford Coley? He lectures around the country on Christianity, is writing a book about his faith and continues to perform at the age of 64.