Remember When John Michael Montgomery Hit No.1 With ‘Be My Baby Tonight?’

In 1994, John Michael Montgomery was one of country music’s hottest rising stars. After releasing his iconic debut single, “Life’s…

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Lauren Jo Black

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August 13, 2020

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In 1994, John Michael Montgomery was one of country music’s hottest rising stars. After releasing his iconic debut single, “Life’s A Dance,” in 1992, the Kentucky native went on to release several chart-topping hits, including his 1994 single, “Be My Baby Tonight.”

The song was the third single from Montgomery’s Kickin’ It Up album and finds the singer propositioning a woman while trying not to come on too strong.

“Could you/ Would you/ Ain’t you gonna/ If I ask you,/ would you want to/ Be my baby tonight,” he sings on the chorus. “Yeah, take a chance,/ slow dance/ Make a little romance/Honey, it’ll be alright/ Girl, you got me wishin’/ We were huggin’ and kissin’/ And holdin’ each other tight/ So, could you/ Would you/ Ain’t you gonna/ If I ask you,/ would you want to/ Be my baby tonight.”

“Be My Baby Tonight” climbed to the No.1 spot in the U.S. and Canada and remains a fan-favorite to this day. The song was co-written by Richard Fagan and Ed Hill.

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The music video was shot at the Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona and features Montgomery performing the track while surrounded by military airplanes.

John Michael Montgomery is also known for hits such as “I Swear,” “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “I Can Love You Like That.”

Click above to re-live the song “Be My Baby Tonight.”

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.