Dawn Patrol (album)

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Dawn Patrol
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1, 1982
ProducerPat Glasser
Night Ranger chronology
Dawn Patrol
Midnight Madness
Singles from Dawn Patrol
  1. "Don't Tell Me You Love Me"
    Released: December 1982
  2. "Sing Me Away"
    Released: 1983

Dawn Patrol is the debut studio album by Night Ranger; it was released on November 1, 1982, by MCA Records.


During the recording of the album, the band was known as just Ranger. The first issues of the album were printed and ready to be shipped when a country band from California was found to have the same name. The band decided to name themselves Night Ranger after the song that Blades had written for the album, and Boardwalk proceeded to destroy every copy that had "Ranger" on it.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Classic RockEssential[2]
Daily VaultB+[4]

"Don't Tell Me You Love Me", the first single, which had a music video that entered heavy rotation on MTV, reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number four on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The second single, "Sing Me Away", reached number 54 on the Hot 100 and number 39 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in late spring of 1983.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Don't Tell Me You Love Me"Jack Blades4:19
2."Sing Me Away"
Kelly Keagy4:09
3."At Night She Sleeps"
  • Keagy, Blades
4."Call My Name"
  • Blades
5."Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight"
  • Blades
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
6."Can't Find Me a Thrill"
  • Blades
Blades and Keagy3:19
7."Young Girl In Love"
  • Keagy, Blades
8."Play Rough"
  • Blades
  • Blades
10."Night Ranger"
  • Blades




Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 38


Year Single Chart Position
1983 "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" Billboard Hot 100 40
Mainstream rock 4
1983 "Sing Me Away" Billboard Hot 100 54
Mainstream rock 39


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo (October 28, 2013). "30 Years Ago: Night Ranger Release 'Midnight Madness'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Elliott, Paul (February 20, 2015). "Buyer's Guide: Night Ranger". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  3. ^ Dawn Patrol - Night Ranger | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved June 2, 2020, Unlike many of their pop-metal contemporaries, Night Ranger's early work has aged quite well, and this excellent 1982 debut is a well-kept secret of the genre.
  4. ^ Thelen, Christopher (January 3, 2000). "Dawn Patrol: Night Ranger". Daily Vault. Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "Night Ranger Chart History". Billboard. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved March 2, 2020.
  6. ^ "Night Ranger Billboard 200 Chart History". Retrieved March 2, 2020.

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