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Music – 1979 – NIGHT – Hot Summer Nights

Night was a rock band formed in 1978 in Los Angeles, California….whose personnel were veteran British-based session musicians…..with vocalists Stevie Vann (aka Stevie Lange) and Chris Thompson….who  had met when Vann had provided backing vocals for the 1978 album Watch by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band….which was then fronted by Thompson. Soon afterwards Thompson invited Vann to join him in a new group known as Bones….after having recently disbanded and Thompson having reduced his involvement with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.  Richard Perry produced two albums by Night for his Planet label….with one being the group’s eponymous 1979 debut album….which yielded two US Top 40 hits of “Hot Summer Nights” at # 18….and “If You Remember Me” at # 17.

“Hot Summer Nights” was a cover of a minor Walter Egan hit….when it featured Lange on lead vocals and gave Night their one international hit….while most significantly in Australia at # 3….with more moderate success in Canada at # 23, the Netherlands at # 21, New Zealand at # 28 and South Africa at # 13.

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