Written by Sam Cooke
#1 (2 weeks)
August 4 – August 11, 1990
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
July 20 – July 27, 1990
Dan Seals charts his final No. 1 – and final top 40 – country hit.
The Road to No. 1
After a remarkable run of hits in the eighties, Dan Seals topped the charts earlier in 1990 with “Love On Arrival,” the lead single from his 1990 studio album, On Arrival. The label followed it with a cover of a classic Sam Cooke song.
The No. 1
It shouldn’t be a surprise, given the relentless charm of “Bop” and the seventies pop success Seals enjoyed as “England Dan,” that he knocks this cover out of the park.
“Good Times” is a thoroughly enjoyable listen, updating the soul classic with just enough Nashville trimmings for it to work as a country song. Seals is having a good time of his own singing it, and that radiates throughout the record.
It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, and it may seem almost slight in comparison to 1990 No. 1 hits like “Here in the Real World,” “The Dance,” and “When I Call Your Name.” But not every single needs to be “Here in the Real World,” “The Dance,” or “When I Call Your Name.” We need some moments of levity, too.
The Road From No. 1
Two more singles followed from On Arrival. Both “Bordertown” and “Water Under the Bridge” fell short of the top 40. Another studio album followed in 1991, but like last two singles of its predecessor, all four singles from Walking the Wire fell short of the top 40, with the final single not charting at all.
Seals released one final album for Warner Bros. in 1994, then moved to the independent label world, releasing two well-received acoustic albums under the In a Quiet Room banner. A final studio album was released in 2002, and Seals spent much of that decade touring with his brother Jim, who’d been part of the successful pop duo Seals & Crofts. A struggle with cancer led to his untimely passing in 2009 at age 61.
“Good Times” gets a B.