All Night Long (All Night)

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"All Night Long (All Night)"
7" cover
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Can't Slow Down
B-side"Wandering Stranger"
ReleasedAugust 31, 1983[1]
Genre
Length
  • 4:20 (single edit)
  • 6:25 (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)
Music video
"All Night Long (All Night)" on YouTube

"All Night Long (All Night)" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lionel Richie from his second solo album, Can't Slow Down (1983). The song combined Richie's soulful Commodores style with Caribbean influences. The single reached number one on three Billboard charts (pop, R&B and adult contemporary).[5] In the UK, it peaked at number two on the singles chart.[6]

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 "Tam bo li de say de moi ya" and "Jambo jumbo", were in fact gibberish.[7] 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.[8]

Reception[edit]

Cash Box summed up its review of the single saying "Richie’s command of these diverse musical elements and shifts in melodic direction is as impressive as it is pleasureable."[9]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for "All Night Long (All Night)" was produced by former Monkee and TV video pioneer Michael Nesmith and directed by Bob Rafelson.[10][11]

Notable uses[edit]

Richie performed the song at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[12]

The song was used in the pilot episode for Miami Vice, "Brother's Keeper". While Richie was supposed to appear in the episode to sing it, he was on tour at the time and couldn't make it to the filming location; an unnamed band plays the song in the episode.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[41] Platinum 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[42] Gold 25,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[43] Gold 30,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] 2× Platinum 1,200,000
United States (RIAA)[45] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Personnel[edit]

Personnel as listed in the album's liner notes are:[46]

Chant vocals

  • Diane Burt, James Anthony Carmichael, Melinda Chatman, David Cochrane, Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig, Calvin Harris, Brenda Harvey-Richie, Jeanette Hawes, Janice Marie Johnson, Richard Marx, Deborah Joyce Richie, Lionel Richie, Suzanne Stanford and Deborah Thomas

Hoopa hollers

  • Marilyn Ammons, Sue Ann Butler, Melinda Chatman, Sheldon J. Cohn, Esq., Sandy Dent-Crimmel, Ruth Diaz, David Egerton, Sylvia Genauer, Rejauna Lynn Green, Gabrielle Greig, Sally Greig, Tanya Greig, Darrell Jones, David Malvin, Alison Maxwell, Jerry Montes, John Michael Montes, Billy "Bass" Nelson, Greg Phillinganes, Carlos Rios, Suzanne Stanford, Randy Stern, Wilbert Terrell and Susan Wood

Production

  • Lionel Richie – producer
  • James Anthony Carmichael – producer
  • Calvin Harris – recording engineer
  • 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[47]
Recorded2011
GenrePop
Length4:11
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)RedOne
Lionel Richie 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 Guy Sebastian in 2011. All proceeds went towards the Queensland floods and New Zealand earthquake appeal.[48] The re-recorded version was produced by RedOne[48] and was released to iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand on 18 and 16 March, respectively.[49][50]

Charts[edit]

It debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twelve on 21 March 2011[51] and on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart at number twenty-six on 28 March 2011.[52]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[52] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[51] 12

Jacob Collier version[edit]

In 2018, English singer, arranger, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier collaborated with Take 6 and the Metropole Orkest on a version of "All Night Long". Collier's arrangement won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. The version was included on Collier's studio album, Djesse Vol. 1 (2018). The album peaked at number six on the Billboard Top Classical Albums and Top Jazz Albums.

Benjamin Ingrosso version[edit]

"All Night Long (All Night)"
Single by Benjamin Ingrosso
ReleasedMarch 2019
Recorded2019
StudioSpotify Studios, Stockholm
GenrePop
Length3:08
LabelTEN Music Group
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 platinum in June 2019.[53][54] The rearranged version of the song, titled as "All Night Long (All Night) [2020 Edit]" was released on 17 July 2020.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[55] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Position
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[56] 49

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[57] Gold 30,000
Streaming
Sweden (GLF)[58] 3× Platinum 24,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.
Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.

Thijs Boontjes Version[edit]

“Deze Nacht” is a song by the Dutch musician Thijs Boontjes [nl][60] from 2020. The song is a Dutch-language adaptation of "All Night Long (All Night)" by Lionel Richie.

Boontjes first performed "Deze Nacht" on the morning show Sanders Vriendenteam on NPO 3FM. Due to enthusiastic responses, Boontjes decided to record a studio version of the song and release it as a single. The song reached 7th position in the Dutch Tip Parade. This was Boontjes' first hit. The song also reached the Tipparade in Flanders.

Samplings[edit]

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.[61][62]

See also[edit]

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