I Need You Tonight

Album: Lights Out (1984)
Charted: 36
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Songfacts®:

  • After serving as frontman for the J. Geils Band from their formation in 1967, Peter Wolf left the band in 1983, launching a solo career with his 1984 album Lights Out. Following, the title track, it was Wolf's second single.

    The song is about a man carrying on an affair with a woman he can only see occasionally but can no longer wait for. Thanks to the clips for the J. Geils Band songs Centerfold and Freeze-Frame, Wolf was a familiar face on MTV, and his video for "I Need You Tonight" got significant airplay. In the clip, Wolf plays a man smitten with a married woman whose husband is a wealthy and dangerous gangster. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Wolf wrote this song with Paul Bliss, whose other credits include "Heart Attack" for Olivia Newton-John and "Emotion" for Barbra Streisand.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn this day in 1984 {November 18th} Peter Wolf's "I Need You Tonight" peaked at #36 {for 1 week} on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart, and it spent eleven weeks on the Top 100...
    It reached #22 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart...
    Besides "I Need You Tonight", The Bronx, NY native, as a solo artist, had five other Top 100 records: "Lights Out" {#12 in 1984}, "Oo-Ee-Diddley-Bop!" {#61 in 1985}, "Come As You Are" {#15 in 1987}, "Can't Get Started" {#75 in 1987}, and "99 Worlds" {#77 in 1990)...
    As lead vocalist of the J. Geils Band he charted eighteen times, two made the Top 10 with one reaching #1, "Centerfold", for 6 weeks in 1982, and the band's other Top 10 record was "Freeze-Frame", it peaked at #4 {for 4 weeks} in 1982...
    Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankfield, will celebrate his 74th birthday come next March 7th, 2020...
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