Interview: John Ford Coley discusses ‘Rock The Yacht’ tour, memorable moments

On Friday, Aug. 17, John Ford Coley, along with fellow artists Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Peter Beckett (Player) and Robbie Dupree will bring their Rock The Yacht Tour to the Event Center at SugarHouse Casino.

The classically trained Coley, whose partnership with late England Dan began with the duo performing psychedelic, soul and fusion jazz before settling on their signature sound that became synonymous with Seventies radio. Songs like “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight,” “Nights Are Forever Without You” and “Love Is The Answer” are still relevant today and continue to evoke warm memories of times gone by.

Coley continues to write, record and perform to audiences worldwide. His recent album, Eclectic, is a two-CD set and features artists like Vince Gill, Collin Raye and Jamie O’Neal. Like his work with England Dan, Coley’s new music transports you to a special time with good feelings.

AXS recently spoke with John Ford Coley about the upcoming Rock The Yacht Tour stop in Philadelphia and more in this exclusive new interview.

AXS: What can fans expect from your upcoming performance?

John Ford Coley: People really enjoy going down memory lane, and that’s what’s so fun about these shows. Sometimes we’ll try something a little different, but we all enjoy playing the songs people are familiar with.

AXS: What do you think makes the music of that era so timeless and special?

JFC: It’s the melodies. There are so many memorable melodies people want to go back to. They’re something you can sing along with. And if you can sing along, it evokes a certain feeling.

AXS: I want to ask you about a few of your biggest hits with England Dan. What can you tell me about “I’d Really Love To See You Tonight?”

JFC: That song was written by Parker McGee and I still remember when they brought it to us. Dan and I wanted to be known as singer/songwriters, so we weren’t too happy about having to sing someone else’s song. We also thought it was more of a female song with a feminine angle, but they asked us to try it. We were skeptical at first, but then it started going up the charts. That’s when we said, “Parker? Buddy? What else have you got?” [laughs].

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