August 31st 2014 23:23
England Dan and John Ford Coley will hardly go down as household names in the world of soft rock yet surprisingly still managed four No.1s on the US charts over the space of just two years.
Comprising Danny Wayland "England Dan" Seals and John Edward "John Ford" Coley, the duo released eleven albums and nine singles in their career and are best known for their 1976 single, "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", a No.1 hit in both the US and Australia.
The duo began while they were friends and classmates at W. W. Samuell High School in Dallas, Texas.
Seals was the younger brother of Jim Seals of the 1970s soft rock duo Seals and Crofts. Dan's childhood nickname was "England Dan" because he was a fan of The Beatles, and he occasionally adopted an affected English accent.
John Colley's last name was re-spelled "Coley" for ease of pronunciation; "Ford" was added as his middle name for nothing more than flow purposes, thus England Dan and John Ford Coley.
Initially touring on the undercard to such acts as Led Zeppelin , they formed an acoustic act, Colley and Wayland before reinventing themselves as England Dan & John Ford Coley and moving to Los Angeles where they opened for numerous bands.
After a underwhelming lack of success the pair virtually stumbling upon the song "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight", written by young songwriter, Parker McGee.
They recorded a demo and in spite of criticism about the chances of it making any headway on the charts from Atlantic Records it went on to peak at No.1 in the US, Australia and Canada.
In total the duo had six Top 40 singles between 1976 and 1979 all through the Big Tree label before officially disbanding in the early 80s.