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Love is the Answer by England Dan & John Ford Coley

Album: The Best of England Dan and John Ford ColeyReleased: 1979Charted:
  • Todd Rundgren wrote this hopeful song about the power of love for his band Utopia, which released it on their 1977 album Oops! Wrong Planet. The song became a hit in 1979 when England Dan & John Ford Coley recorded a slicker version perfect for the adult contemporary market, and scored their last of six US Top 40 hits with their cover. >>
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    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • In our 2015 interview with Todd Rundgren, he explained that Utopia's Oops! Wrong Planet was a "bummer album," and that they included this song on it to make it more uplifting.
  • Todd Rundgren performed this song when he toured as part of Ringo Starr's "All Starr Band" in 2015. Ringo insists on three hits from his guests, and along with "I Saw The Light" and "Bang the Drum All Day," he wanted Todd to do "Hello It's Me." Rundgren didn't think that one was a good fit in the set, as it's a very introspective song and Ringo's shows are very communal. Todd convinced him to go with "Love Is The Answer," which he thought was the perfect song for Ringo - "Mr. Peace And Love" as Rundgren calls him. The plan worked: the song went over very well at these shows and fit the vibe perfectly.
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Dougee, of San Bernardino, on the surface it may seem like a Christian song, but really is not. JFC at some point become a member of the Bahai faith, and before they sang this actual song, he stated that it reflected his values of their Bahai beliefs. In May of '79, when this song hit its peak, ED&JFC did a concert at my small private, Christian college in Nashville when I was a senior and I attended. He announced then they he was Bahai (can't remember if ED was or not), and that after the concert they were inviting anyone to the hotel where they were staying to have open discussion about the Bahai faith and spiritual things. I didn't attend at the hotel, as I was with a cute girl that I would not have left that evening, but they performed all their hits and more and it was great. A small auditorium that would seat only 2,100. It was actually toward the end of their time together as a musical duo and they really were at their best.Dale Byrum - Franklin, Ky
I just saw Todd Rundgren perform this last night with The All Starr Band and it really was a good choice.Kelley - Ny
I much preferred Rundgren's version to this one. Utopia's choir-like backup made it a truly beautiful creation. This one was "dumbed-down" for the radio.Seventhmist - 7th Heaven
On March 4th 1979, England Dan & John Ford Coley's covered version of "Love is the Answer" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #81; and eleven weeks later on May 20th, 1979 it peaked at #10 {for 2 weeks} and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100...
And on April 29th, 1979 it reached #1 {for 2 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
Between 1976 and 1980 the duo had nine Top 100 records; with four making the Top 10, the other three were "Nights Are Forever Without You' {#10 in 1976}, "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again" {#9 in 1978}, and "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" {#2* for two weeks in 1976}...
Sadly, England Dan Seals passed away on March 25th, 2009 at the age of 61...
May he R.I.P.
* The two weeks that "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" was at #2, the #1 record for both those weeks was "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I love this song. I have heard Todd Rudgren's version of it and I ultimately like England Dan & John Ford Coley's version better!!! I can listen to this over and over again.Ja'teya - Holly Hill, Sc
This is one of my favorite all time songs. I can just listen it over and over. I put it on my ipod when I'm running 1/2 and full marathons. It makes me think about life and how blessed I amDave - Edmonton, Ab
I'd like to know why the one music organization pulled the original recording of Dan & John's version of love is the answer. It had no offensive lyrics on it, it sold a little more than Todd's version, yet it got singled out, along with versions of other songs by artists who sold a little more than their fair share, do these people not realize that the next generation wants to hear these songs as well!David - Walla Walla Wa, Wa
Oh, I just had to say also - I was just looking at some of ED&JFC's songs on YouTube and learned that Dan Seals recently died from cancer. It's especially hurtful to have lost such a great vocalist (he made waves in the country scene as well as adult contemporary), and at a relatively young age. Yet another reminder that life is all too short sometimes, and we never know when our time will come, so we must make the most of each day. RIP, "England" Dan, and thanks for all the memories. Finely crafted music lives forever.Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
Possibly my all-time favorite song (hard to say, because there are so many great songs out there!) Along with Orleans' "Love Takes Time," which came out around the same time, it brings back wonderful memories of a happier time. Also, the beauty of the melody and the strong message of peace in the song is inspiring. Like most of ED&JFC's hits, it hits home and features awesome harmonies. I have always regarded the song as borderline religious, as there are passing references to Jesus Christ ("light of the world" and "ask the man in your heart for the answers") - but it is not preachy and thus nonoffensive to us agnostics. More than embracing one faith, the song stresses our need to love one another in order to coexist peacefully as a global community. If all we do is wage war, we will indeed be a dying planet.Dougee - San Bernardino, Ca
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