Songwriter Peter McCann released "Right Time of the Night" on his own album simultaneously with Jennifer Warnes' hit version on Arista, though it was Warnes who took the tune into the Top Ten in February of 1977. What could be considered a sequel of sorts to Parker McGee's beautiful "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" is this song steeped in innocence that unravels as the darkness falls.
It's the next step in the relationship with a brilliant middle eight which takes that risky leap from affection to lust. Jennifer Warnes' warm vocal helps the song seem oh-so proper, the production and performance obscure the way all great pop tunes camouflage suggestive lines: "I'll be sweet and you'll be kind/We'll be bad, if you don't mind" is the same sentiment Van Morrison wove into "Gloria." "Right Time of the Night" is presented in a respectful light, though, so the naughty nature of the theme simply went (and continues to go) over many listener's heads. The veteran singer scored her first Top 40 success with this catchy melody, setting the stage for her ascent to number one in 1982 with "Up Where We Belong." Warnes matched that feat in 1987 with "The Time of My Life" from the movie Dirty Dancing, which, coincidentally, seems to be the idea McCann had in mind when he wrote "Right Time of the Night."