All Night Long (All Night)
|"All Night Long (All Night)"|
|Single by Lionel Richie|
|from the album Can't Slow Down|
|Released||August 31, 1983 |
|Genre||Pop, worldbeat, funk|
|Length||4:16 (Single edit)
6:25 (Album version)
James Anthony Carmichael
|Lionel Richie singles chronology|
"All Night Long (All Night)" is a hit single for Lionel Richie from 1983. Taken from his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, it combined Richie's soulful Commodores style with Caribbean influences. This new, more dance approach proved popular, as the single reached number one on three Billboard charts (pop, R&B and adult contemporary).
In the UK, the song was kept off the top spot by Billy Joel's "Uptown Girl", peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. This track was sung in English and Swahili, but with one word in Spanish.
An accompanying music video was produced by former Monkee and TV video pioneer Michael Nesmith and directed by Bob Rafelson.  It shows a diverse group of people dancing together in celebration, and features 1980s dance styles such as the Robot and the Worm. The video was parodied in the Simpsons episode "Moe Goes from Rags to Riches".
Richie performed the song at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. He performed the song at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2006 in Oslo, Norway as the concert's finale. He has also performed the song on the American Idol 2009 grand finale and at the 2010 AFL Grand Final Replay.
In popular culture
- During the mid- to late-1980s, General Motors used the song in commercials for two of its divisions: Oldsmobile, and later Cadillac.
- U.S. military personnel told Richie that "All Night Long (All Night)" was playing in the nighttime streets of Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
- YouTubers Rhett and Link sang the song literally all night long, walking around with a microphone and speaker, repeating the song over and over. In 11 hours 9 minutes, they performed the song 158 times. From 7:25 PM until 6:34 AM the next morning, they filmed themselves nonstop in various locations, including the Santa Monica Pier, Hollywood Boulevard, and finishing on Mount Wilson. They uploaded a 4 minute version on YouTube, as well as the full 11 hour video.
- In the South Park episode Taming Strange, "All Night Long (All Night)" is played multiple times by the South Park Elementary's automated Intellilink system instead of performing the tasks requested by Mr. Mackey.
1 - The original album version which clocks at 6:25.
2 - The version that was released as a single in 1983 was an edit version. For this commercial release it was decided that the album version was too long and therefore the song (just like the guitarsolo in "Running with the night" single version) was cut shorter. For instance the xylophone part was cut out. The single version clocks at 4:19
3 - In 1983, at the same time as the 7"edit, the album version was released as a 12" version.
4 - On the 2003 release "Can't slow down - Deluxe version" a "real" 12" version was released which clocks at 6:42. This version actually has additional lyrics (a.o. "What more can I say, let the music play") at the end of the song. This version had not been released before.
Richie recorded a remix of the song with Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian in 2011. All proceeds will go towards the Queensland Floods and New Zealand Earthquake Appeal. The re-recorded version was produced by RedOne and was released to iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand on March 18 and 16 respectively.
Original 1983 version
2011 version (featuring Guy Sebastian)
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- List of number-one R&B singles of 1983 (U.S.)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1983 (U.S.)
- RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
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