Right Time of the Night

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"Right Time of the Night"
Single by Jennifer Warnes
from the album Jennifer Warnes
B-side "Daddy Don't Go"
Released January, 1977
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1976
Genre Pop, Country
Length 2:53
Label Arista
Writer(s) Peter McCann
Producer(s) Jim Ed Norman
Jennifer Warnes singles chronology
"These Days/
Last Song"
(as Jennifer)
"Right Time of the Night"
"I'm Dreaming"

"Right Time of the Night" is the title of a classic, chart-topping hit song written by Peter McCann. It was a 1977 break-out smash for Jennifer Warnes.


The tracks intended to comprise the completed album Jennifer Warnes, which Warnes presented to her label Arista Records did not include "Right Time of the Night". Arista president Clive Davis later told Billboard: "If a [singer such as] Jennifer Warnes submits an album which is great but lacks a hit single, I and my A&R staff will say: 'Listen, you need a hit. Because you're not really going to break off FM airplay...So we gave her 'Right Time of the Night'."[1] Warnes had recorded the original tracks for the Jennifer Warnes album with producer Jim Price; for Warnes' recording of "Right Time of the Night" Davis brought in Jim Ed Norman to produce, with Norman also producing "I'm Dreaming" which was another track added to Warnes' album on the basis of its having hit potential. Warnes recalled, "Clive picked 'I'm Dreaming' and 'Right Time of the Night', and he brought in Jim Ed Norman, who arranges strings for the Eagles, to give those songs very explicit tracks."[2] "Right Time of the Night" was remixed by Val Garay.

"Right Time of the Night" had been recorded by its composer Peter McCann for his 1976 self-titled album - McCann's version served as B-side for his own 1977 Top Ten hit "Do You Wanna Make Love" - and as written and recorded by McCann the song featured a second verse whose lyric was felt had too masculine a resonance for Warnes to record. Warnes herself wrote a new lyric for the second verse which McCann rejected to eventually write a new second verse for Warnes' version himself. Prior to the release of Warnes' version of "Right Time of the Night", Bette Midler expressed an interest in recording the song but asked that the bridge be reworked, a stipulation McCann was still working on when Warnes' version reached the charts at which point work on a Midler version was dropped.


Released in January of 1977, "Right Time of the Night" debuted on the 29 January 1977 edition of the Billboard Hot 100 at #81, Warnes' first appearance on the chart in a nine year recording career. The track entered the Top 40 on the Hot 100 dated 26 February 1977 to eventually peak at #6 on for two weeks that May.[3] A #1 Adult Contemporary hit,[2] "Right Time of the Night" also became the first Arista release to reach the C&W chart where it peaked at #17.

Warnes had said of "Right Time of the Night": "I'm grateful for it, but I didn't pick the song...It's a mixed feeling...to have someone else make the decisions for you and then of course it's successful because they have the radio operation. What can I say? People love the song."[4]

Other versions[edit]

"Right Time of the Night" also featured on 1977 album releases by Reba McEntire - on her self-titled debut album - and Lynn Anderson (I Love What Love Is Doin' to Me). Mary Mason recorded "Right Time of the Night" in medley with the Marmalade hit "Baby Make It Soon"; introduced on Mason's Angel of the Morning album, the track "Right Time of the Night/Baby Make It Soon" was released as a single in the UK in 1978. John Travolta's recording of "Right Time of the Night" was included on his 1978 album Greased Lightnin'. "Right Time of the Night" has also been recorded by Danny Ray with Shirley James, and by Anita Sarawak.

Chart performance of Right Time of the Night by Jennifer Warnes[edit]

Chart Peak
Australia Kent Music Report Top Singles 33
Canadian RPM Top Singles 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 17


  • Backing Vocals - Doug Haywood
  • Bass - Michael Bowden
  • Drums - Matt Betton Jr.
  • Guitar - John Leslie Hug , Kenny Edwards
  • Guitar [Steel] - Doug Livingston
  • Keyboards - Brian Whitcomb
  • Producer - Jim Ed Norman
  • Strings - Jimmy Getsoff , Ray Kelley

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard 26 November 1977 v.89 #47 p.89
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). It reached #5 on the Cash Box Top 100. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Warnes, Jennifer (November 13, 2007). Interview,Jennifer Warnes. Interview with Bob Edwards. Bob Edwards Show. XM Radio. 

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