Dance With Me – Orleans | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#6) and Adult Contemporary; 1975

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Not only were husband-and-wife John and Johanna Hall real-life dancing partners, they were a songwriting team as well. So when John Hall’s group Orleans needed material to record, the couple’s compositions offered a handy source.

Rock fans in possession of Janis Joplin’s Pearl album were already aware of the couple’s work through Half Moon, and Orleans, the group Hall helped found in 1972, included its version on the self-titled debut album.

1974’s II featured two great Hall & Hall tunes, Let There Be Music and Dance With Me, yet, the label didn’t believe in Orleans and dropped them. Asylum Records made no such mistake.

For Orleans’ first release under its banner Let There Be Music was the lead-off track and name of the album. In May, 1975 the single hit #55.

Orleans then tripped its way to #6 with another song ignored by its former label, Dance With Me. Just goes to show you what a little faith can do.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • Chuck Plotkin

Lyrics Written by:

  • John Hall
  • Johanna Hall