Chart Performance: Pop (#5); 1976
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 for Asylum, Let There Be Music was the lead-off track and name of the album. In May, 1975 the single hit #55. Orleans then stepped its way to #6 with another song ignored by its former label, Dance With Me. The next John/Johanna tune – Still The One – was so popular that the ABC television network used it for its theme song.
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- Chuck Plotkin
Lyrics Written by:
- Johanna Hall
- John Hall