England Dan

England Dan & John Ford Coley

England Dan & John Ford Coley were an American pop rock duo, made up of Dan Seals (born February 5 1948, McCamey, Texas) and John Ford Coley (born John Colley, October 13 1948, Dallas, Texas).

Typically remembered as a one-hit wonder because of their popular single "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" (written by Parker McGee) (1976), they actually had six Top 40 singles between 1976 and 1979. Among their other hits was a cover of Utopia's "Love Is the Answer," as well as "Nights Are Forever Without You", (another McGee composition), and "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again." Dan Seals, the brother of Jim Seals of the equally successful 1970s soft-rock duo Seals & Crofts, became a successful country performer in the 1980s, scoring hits such as "Meet Me in Montana" (with Marie Osmond) and "Bop."

Seals' childhood nickname was 'England Dan' because he was a fan of The Beatles, and his affected English accent. John Colley's last name was shortened to 'Coley' for ease of pronunciation; "Ford" was added as his middle name for flow purposes, thus England Dan and John Ford Coley.



  • 1976 - "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" #2 (#1 Adult Contemporary) (certified Gold)
  • 1976 - "Nights Are Forever Without You" #10
  • 1977 - "It's Sad To Belong" #21 (#1 AC)
  • 1977 - "Gone Too Far" #23
  • 1978 - "We'll Never Have To Say Goodbye Again" #9 (#1 AC)
  • 1978 - "You Can't Dance" #49
  • 1979 - "Love Is The Answer" #10 (#1 AC)
  • 1979 - "What Can I Do With This Broken Heart" #50
  • 1980 - "In It For Love" #75


Nite, Norm N. and Newman, Ralph M.: ROCK ON: The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Rock N' Roll; Volume II: Thomas Y. Crowell: 1978. P 152.

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