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"All Night Long (All Night)" is a hit single by American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie from 1983. Taken from his second solo album, Can't Slow Down (1983), it combined Richie's soulful Commodores style with Caribbean influences. This new, more dance music, pop-inspired approach proved popular, as the single reached number one on three Billboard charts (pop, R&B and adult contemporary).[2] Richard Marx contributed guest vocals as an unknown until his 1987 debut album appeared.

"All Night Long (All Night)"
All Night Long All Night.jpg
7" cover
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Can't Slow Down
B-side"Wandering Stranger"
ReleasedAugust 31, 1983[1]
Format7", 12"
Length4:20 (Single edit)
6:19 (Album version)
LabelMotown
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"My Love"
(1983)
"All Night Long (All Night)"
(1983)
"Running with the Night"
(1983)

In the UK, the song was kept off of the top spot by Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl", peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.

The song lyrics were written primarily in English, but Richie has admitted in at least one press interview that "African" lyrics in the song, such as "Tom bo li de say de moi ya," and "Jambo jumbo," were in fact made-up gibberish of his own invention.[3] Richie has described these portions of the song as a "wonderful joke," written when he discovered that he lacked the time to hire a translator to contribute the foreign-language lyrics he wished to include in the song.[4]

Contents

Music videoEdit

An accompanying music video was produced by former Monkee and TV video pioneer Michael Nesmith and directed by Bob Rafelson.[5][6]

Notable performanceEdit

Richie performed the song at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[7]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Original 1983 version

Chart (1983) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report) [8] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 8
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 1
Italy[11] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[15] 3
South Africa (Springbok Radio) [16] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 8
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) [19] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 1
US Cash Box Top 100 [23] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1983) Rank
Australia [24] 87
Canada [25] 18
South Africa [26] 6
UK [27] 10
US (Joel Whitburn's Pop Annual) [28] 5
US Cash Box [29] 6
Chart (1984) Rank
Australia [24] 23

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[30] Gold 25,000 
United States (RIAA)[31] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

PersonnelEdit

Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are:[32]

  • Lionel Richie – lead vocals, producer, vocal arrangements, rhythm arrangements, backing vocals, Yamaha GS1 synthesizer, chant vocals
  • Greg Phillinganes – Yamaha GS1 synthesizer, gibberish vocals
  • Darryl Jones – guitar, gibberish vocals
  • Carlos Rios – guitar, gibberish vocals
  • Tim May – guitar
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar
  • John "J.R." Robinson – drums
  • Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
  • Melinda Chatman – vocal sound effects, chant vocals, gibberish vocals
  • David Cochrane – background vocals, chant vocals
  • Calvin Harris – backing vocals, chant vocals
  • Richard Marx – backing vocals, chant vocals
  • Deborah Thomas – backing vocals, chant vocals
  • Kin Vassy – backing vocals
  • Diane Burt – chant vocals
  • Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig – chant vocals
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie – chant vocals
  • Jeanette Hawes – chant vocals
  • Janice Marie Johnson – chant vocals
  • Deborah Joyce Richie – chant vocals
  • Suzanne Stanford – chant vocals & gibberish vocals
  • Marilyn Ammons – gibberish vocals
  • Sue Ann Butler – gibberish vocals
  • Sheldon J. Cohn, Esq. – gibberish vocals
  • Sandy Dent-Crimmel – gibberish vocals
  • Ruth Diaz – gibberish vocals
  • Sylvia Genauer – gibberish vocals
  • Rejauna Lynn Green – gibberish vocals
  • Gabrielle Greig – gibberish vocals
  • Sally Greig – gibberish vocals
  • Tanya Greig – gibberish vocals
  • David Malvin – gibberish vocals
  • Alison Maxwell – gibberish vocals
  • Jerry Montes – gibberish vocals
  • John Michael Montes - gibberish vocals
  • Billy "Bass" Nelson – gibberish vocals
  • Randy Stern – gibberish vocals
  • Wilbert Terrell – gibberish vocals
  • Susan Wood – gibberish vocals
Production
  • James Anthony Carmichael – producer, chant vocals
  • Steve Crimmel – second recording engineer
  • David Egerton – second recording engineer, gibberish vocals
  • Mark Ettel – second recording engineer

2011 version (with Guy Sebastian)Edit

"All Night Long (All Night)"
 
Single by Lionel Richie featuring Guy Sebastian
Released18 March 2011 [33]
Formatdigital download
Recorded2011
GenrePop
Length4:11
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)RedOne
Lionel Richie featuring Guy Sebastian singles chronology
"Just Go"
(2009)
"All Night Long (All Night)"
(2011)
"Endless Love"
(2012)
Guy Sebastian singles chronology
"Who's That Girl"
(2010)
"All Night Long"
(2011)
"Don't Worry Be Happy"
(2011)

Richie recorded a new version of the song with Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian in 2011. All proceeds went towards the Queensland floods and New Zealand earthquake appeal.[34] The re-recorded version was produced by RedOne[34] and was released to iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand on 18 and 16 March, respectively.[35][36]

ChartsEdit

It debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twelve on 21 March 2011[37] and on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number twenty-six on 28 March 2011.[38]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[38] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[37] 12

Benjamin Ingrosso versionEdit

"All Night Long (All Night)"
Single by Benjamin Ingrosso
ReleasedMarch 2019
Formatstreaming
Recorded2019
StudioSpotify Studios, Stockholm
GenrePop
Length3:08
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)Hampus
Benjamin Ingrosso singles chronology
"Behave"
(2018)
"All Night Long (All Night)"
(2019)
"Happy Thoughts"
(2019)

In 2019, Swedish singer Benjamin Ingrosso recorded a version at the Spotify studios, Stockholm. It was released in March 2019 and peaked at number 5 on the Swedish charts and was certified gold on 16 April 2019.[39]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 5

SamplingsEdit

Parts of the song were used in "I Like It", a 2010 song composed by Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, and RedOne with samplings from Lionel Richie as the 1983 classic is interpolated after the first and third choruses.[41][42] The release was a big hit for Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. The song was also included in Iglesias's 2010 album Euphoria.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 492.
  3. ^ Fleming, Kirsten (21 September 2013). "Five surprising facts about Richie's classic 'All Night Long'". New York Post.
  4. ^ Id.
  5. ^ "Classic Motown: Lionel Richie". Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2008.
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  7. ^ HARRIS, RICKI (22 August 2016). "The Story of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s 1984 Olympic Break Dancing Performance". ABC News. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1984". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  11. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: R". www.hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)". VG-lista. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
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  21. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  22. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  23. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, December 3, 1983
  24. ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1983 – Volume 39, No. 17, December 24 1983". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
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  27. ^ "Top 50 Singles of 1983". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications: 25. 25 December 1983.
  28. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  29. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1983
  30. ^ "Italian single certifications – Lionel Richie – All Night Long" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 29 July 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "All Night Long" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  31. ^ "American single certifications – Lionel Richie – All Night Long". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  32. ^ Can't Slow Down (booklet). Motown. 1983.
  33. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'All Night Long (2011 Mix) [feat. Guy Sebastian]' by Lionel Richie (Australian Songs iTunes Chart)"
  34. ^ a b Adams, Cameron (26 February 2011) Lionel Richie and Guy Sebastian have teamed up to record a charity single for earthquake relief. The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). Retrieved 27 February 2011
  35. ^ "All Night Long (2011 Mix) feat. Guy Sebastian - Single". iTunes Store Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  36. ^ "All Night Long (2011 Mix) feat. Guy Sebastian - Single". iTunes Store New Zealand. Retrieved 28 March 2011.
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  38. ^ a b "Australian-charts.com – Lionel Richie feat. Guy Sebastian – All Night Long 2011". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  39. ^ "BenjyIngrosso's single "All Night Long (All Night)" is certified Gold in Sweden". Twitter. 16 April 2019.
  40. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Benjamin Ingrosso – All Night Long (All Night)". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  41. ^ Copsey, Robert (28 April 2010). "Enrique Iglesias announces new single". Digital Spy. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  42. ^ "Enrique Iglesias lanza su nueva canción 'I Like it' con Pitbull". Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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