memories of the ’70s – Dance the Night Away by Van Halen

In the late 1970s, an Los Angeles rock band hit the charts with its first top 20 single: Dance the Night Away by Van Halen.

Written during the recording sessions for Van Halen II, the song was inspired by Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way.

Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony worked with producer Ted Templeman.

Recorded over three weeks at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, the album was released a year  after their debut album, with most songs, except Dance the Night Away, written before the recording sessions.

Dance the Night Away was released in April by Warner Bros, just after the release of Van Halen II. The first single from the album, its popularity came from the song’s balance of hard rock with melodic overtones.

The cover was a striking image of Roth – who apparently broke his ankle doing this jump.

Critics were guarded in their praise of the album, saying it was similar to their first album, although accolades were focused on Roth’s stage performance and the skill of Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing.

Dance the Night Away was the band’s first top 20 single, and peaked at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100.



About Waheeda Harris

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