This song of love lost and found, via a letter read on the radio, was written by Donna Summer and her producer Giorgio Moroder for the film Foxes, which starred Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, and Cherie Currie. It was released as a single in November, 1979, backed with “There Will Always Be a You.” It was also on Summer’s 1980 album On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & II. This song was released in several formats, which included the following versions:
- Radio disco 45rpm single
- Slightly longer 5:50 one on On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & II.
- DJ Promo 7+ minute version 12″ single, which was released on Summer’s 1979 album Bad Girls.
The disco version was never used in Foxes, but rather one at a ballad tempo. The soundtrack features an instrumental by Moroder, which is used throughout the film, with Summer’s vocals added.
In 1979 and 1980, the song was an international hit. It rose to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Cash Box, #8 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles, #2 in Canada, #6 in Norway, and #9 in Spain. It was in the Top 40 in Australia, The Netherlands, Ireland, New Zealand, the U.K., and Germany.