Night (band)

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Night was a rock band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles whose personnel were veteran British-based session musicians.

History[edit]

Night's vocalists Stevie Vann (aka Stevie Lange) and Chris Thompson had met when Vann had provided backing vocals for the 1978 album Watch by Manfred Mann's Earth Band then fronted by Thompson. Soon afterwards Thompson invited Vann to join him in a new outfit, Vann's session group known as Bones having recently disbanded and Thompson having reduced his involvement with Manfred Mann's Earth Band.

Richard Perry produced two albums by Night for his Planet label; the group's eponymous 1979 debut album yielded two US Top 40 hits: "Hot Summer Nights" (#18) and "If You Remember Me" (#17).[1]

"Hot Summer Night", a cover of a minor Walter Egan hit, featured Lange on lead vocals and gave Night their one international hit most significantly in Australia at No. 3 with more moderate success in Canada (#23), the Netherlands (#21), New Zealand (#28) and South Africa (#13).

"If You Remember Me", recorded as the theme song for the film The Champ, was introduced the Night album but in its single release credited solely to Chris Thompson with another album track "Cold Wind Across My Heart" - featuring both Thompson and Vann - being marketed as the second Night single; the latter track failed to chart and the Night album peaked at a moderate No. 113, the group's gig opening for the Doobie Brothers failing to significantly boost their popularity.

A second album release by Night in 1980 entitled Long Distance produced a minor hit in its single release: "Love on the Airwaves", and was otherwise overlooked. Night had no further recordings released but did not officially disband until 1982.

Night can be seen in the 1980 film The Monster Club performing "The Stripper".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Night (1979) US No. 113

1. Hot Summer Nights 2 C old Wind Across My Heart 3. If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody 4. Ain't That Peculiar 5. Come Around (If You Want Me) 6. You Ain't Pretty Enough 7. Shocked 8. Love Message 9. Party Shuffle

1. Dr. Rock 2. Don't Break My Heart 3. Love On The Airwaves 4. The Letter 5. Callin' Me Back 6. You Cried Wolf 7. Stealin' 8. Miss You (Like I Do) 9. Day After Day 10. Good To Be Back In Your Arms

Line-ups[edit]

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

  • Chris Thompson (vocals)
  • Stevie Lange (vocals)
  • Robbie McIntosh (guitar, vocals)
  • Billy Kristian (bass)
  • Bobby Wright (keyboards)
  • Bobby Guidotti (drums)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (7th ed.). 

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