Let Me Love You Tonight

Album: Firin' Up (1980)
Charted: 10

Songfacts®:

  • Pure Prairie League is best known for their '70s track "Amie," but "Let Me Love You Tonight" is their biggest hit, going to #10 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The "Amie"-era lineup was fronted by Craig Fuller, who left the band when he got drafted for the Vietnam War. They had an intimate, country-rock sound at the time, but by 1980 had more contemporary vibe. They also had a promising young singer: Vince Gill, who came on board in 1978. Gill didn't write this song (group members Dan Greer, Jeff Wilson and Steve Woodard did), but you can hear in his delivery the sound that made him a country superstar a few years later.
  • This is one of those mellow tunes from the late '70s and early '80s where the singer is making his case for lovemaking. There are stars in the sky, and he's there to make everything all right. What woman can resist?
  • This was first Pure Prairie League single released on the Casablanca label, which was known for disco acts like Donna Summer (they were previously on RCA). They made one more album with Casablanca before disbanding. The group began touring again in 1998 with original member Craig Fuller.
  • David Sanborn played the saxophone on this track.

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