|Single by Commodores|
|from the album Nightshift|
|B-side||"I Keep Running"|
|Released||January 31, 1985|
5:04 (album version)4:19 (7" single edit)
|Commodores singles chronology|
"Nightshift" is a 1985 hit song by the Commodores and title track from the album of the same name. The song, written by the lead singer at that time, Walter Orange, in collaboration with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde, was a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who both died in 1984. The single was released on January 31, 1985 in the United States.
For the Marvin Gaye verse, his song "What's Going On" is mentioned, while in the Jackie Wilson verse, his song "(Your Love has lifted me) "Higher and Higher" is mentioned, as well as a reference to Jackie's hit, "Baby Work Out."
This song, which was originally recorded in 1984, was the first hit attained by the Commodores following Lionel Richie's departure from the group. It was also their biggest hit after Richie's departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart; the single also became a huge success on the Adult Contemporary and the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts in the first half of that year.
Although the band was against the label's decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group. The song features the lead vocal from drummer Walter Orange, whose lead appeared years before on the hugely popular "Brick House". Lionel Richie's replacement, J.D. Nicholas, sang the second verse, and then Orange and Nicholas share lead vocals on the remaining choruses.
The Commodores re-recorded a version dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010. In this version, Jackson's hit with the Jackson Five, "I'll Be There", and Jackson's solo hit "Rock with you" are mentioned in the lyrics.
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|UK Top 75||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||3|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales||6|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||2|
|RIANZ New Zealand Top 40||2|
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