This song was originally recorded by Curtis Lee and was co-written by Tommy Boyce, who also wrote for The Monkees. Lee's recording peaked at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 27, 1961.
In 1973, two 4-piece bands from the English town of Leicester, The Hammers and The Choice, decided to merge to become an 8-piece rock and roll group called Showaddywaddy. As a result, the new band had two of everything: vocalists Dave Bartram and Buddy Gask; guitarists Trevor Oakes and Russ Fields; bassists Rod Deas and Al James; and drummers Romeo Challenger and Malcolm Allured. They achieved their big break on the UK talent show New Faces and a recording contract with Bell soon followed. After achieving six Top 20 singles, Showaddywaddy had become recognized as Britain's most successful rock revivalist. In 1976, their cover of Curtis Lee's "Under The Moon Of Love" became their one and only UK #1. They went on to enjoy eight more UK Top-20 singles including in 1978 a cover of another Curtis Lee song, "Pretty Little Angel Eyes."
The song conveys a man's desire to express his love to a girl under the moonlight. He hopes to make her his girlfriend and share words she has yearned to hear.
This was Showaddywaddy's best-selling single in the UK, selling 985,000 copies. It was the last single released on the Bell label before it became Arista.
Another UK rock and roll revival act, Mud, covered the song for their 1975 album Use Your Imagination. It was also the B-side of their 1976 single, "Beating Around The Bush."