John Holt launched his solo career in 1968, whilst still remaining a member of the Paragons. "Tonight" was one of the first solo singles he recorded and was cut for Bunny Lee. The producer worked hard to make the song a standout, marrying an emotive ballad to a percolating reggae rhythm. That was par for the course at the time, what made the single a bit more unique was having the organist keep time with a robust riff, and then having him toss a lushly layered AOR hook on top. This wasn't the first single to weigh down an arrangement with these extravagances, and by the early '70s, huge swathes of the Jamaican scene were giving way to these U.S./U.K. influences. However, in their day, they worked a charm, the domestic crowds lapped it up, and it was equally successful in Britain. "Tonight" did well, and thus encouraged Holt toward ever greater emulation of AOR pop fodder.