RENDEZVOUS

Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version


I had a dream our love would last forever
I had a dream, tonight my dream comes true
So if you hold me tight
We'll be riders, girl, on the night
Ooh, I want a rendezvous

Haven't I told you, girl, how much I like you
I got a feeling that you like me too
So if you hold me tight
We'll be riders, girl, on the night
Ooh, I want a rendezvous

You deserve so much more than this, girl
'Cause I'm riding on the power and living on the promise in your last kiss
Because I had a dream our love would last forever
I had a dream, tonight my dream comes true
So if you hold me tight
We'll be riders, girl, on the night
Ooohh, ooohh, ooohh, I want a rendezvous, I want a rendezvous
Come on and rendezvous, you've got to rendez-, I want to rendez-, come let's rendezvous
I want a rendezvous


Info

RENDEZVOUS is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. See Bruce Springsteen's official studio version for more details.

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded RENDEZVOUS for his 1982 album On The Line. It's one of eight songs on the album that were produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt. It was recorded in January or February 1982 at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds from which the recording sessions Born In The U.S.A. flowed.

The above lyrics are for Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of RENDEZVOUS.

On The Line

Gary U.S. Bonds released two studio albums and several hit singles in 1961 and 1962, three of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success was short-lived and Bonds relegated to playing the oldies circuit. In the early eighties, his career resurrected with two collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band: Dedication in 1981 and On The Line in 1982.

On The Line is Gary U.S. Bonds' fourth studio album, released in June 1982 on EMI America Records. The musicians backing Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Bruce Springsteen (HOLD ON (TO WHAT YOU GOT), OUT OF WORK, CLUB SOUL CITY, LOVE'S ON THE LINE, RENDEZVOUS, ANGELYNE, and ALL I NEED), one written by Steve Van Zandt, one written by Wayne Carson, and two written by Bonds and Gary L. Anderson. Although Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are credited as co-producers of all of the album's 11 tracks, Springsteen was actually involved in only eight of them: the seven that he wrote plus The Box Tops' hit SOUL DEEP. Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on the album but he did directly participate, along with the E Street Band, on most of these eight tracks.

The 1991 reissue of On The Line on the Razor Edge label includes album liner note by Gary U.S. Bonds himself. He wrote that they "also recorded three additional cuts for the album which were never mixed including 'Action In The Street', a Springsteen song which I still do in my live shows." The three tracks are ACTION IN THE STREETS, LION'S DEN, and SAVIN' UP.

On The Line produced one single, OUT OF WORK which nearly reached the Top 20, but the album flopped and Bonds was dropped by his label.

On The Line -- On The Line
On The Line -- On The Line

LP - EMI America (SO-17068) - USA, 1982

On The Line was re-released in 1992 on the Razor Edge label (catalog number RE-1988-2).

Single Release

RENDEZVOUS was released as a single in the UK in 1982. It was also issued in Australia on the B-side of LOVE'S ON THE LINE.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Rendezvous / Way Back When"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Rendezvous / Way Back When"

7" single - EMI (EA 145) - UK, 1982

Comes in a picture sleeve.

B1- RENDEZVOUS
B1- WAY BACK WHEN
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"

7" single - EMI America (AMI-860) - Australia, 1982

No picture sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- RENDEZVOUS
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"

7" single - EMI America (AMI-860) - Australia, 1982

Promo stamped copy. No picture sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- RENDEZVOUS

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on On The Line and as a single, RENDEZVOUS was also included on a few other official releases.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds

CD - EMI (37812) - USA, 1996

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album.
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City

CD - Disky (DC 881852) - Holland, 1998

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album consisting of 20 tracks from the Dedication (9 of the album's 10 tracks) and On The Line (all of the album's 11 tracks).

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help. Thanks Mark Bahlen for providing scans for the "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous" Australian promo single.

Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of RENDEZVOUS that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous" || 7" - EMI America (AMI-860) - Australia, 1982 (stock copy)

Bruce Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on On The Line album but this may not be completely true. It has been reported that he contributed backing vocals and guitar on some tracks. Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of RENDEZVOUS on this website:

RENDEZVOUS [Official studio version]
RENDEZVOUS [Unofficial studio version]
RENDEZVOUS [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
RENDEZVOUS [The Greg Kihn Band's cover version]
RENDEZVOUS [Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version]

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