Into the Night (Benny Mardones song)
|"Into the Night"|
|Single by Benny Mardones|
|from the album Never Run, Never Hide (1980)|
Benny Mardones (1989)
|Released||1980 (re-released 1989)|
|Songwriter(s)||Benny Mardones, Robert Tepper|
The song is unusual for being one of only 10 recordings to ever ascend to the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice. The chartings, in 1980 and 1989, were of two similar but separate recordings. Chubby Checker was first to do this with his cover of "The Twist", a single that went to No. 1 in September 1960 and again in January 1962. Other artists to achieve the feat include Ben E. King, who charted "Stand By Me" at #4 in 1961 and at #9 in 1986 (because of the release of the movie of the same name); Neil Sedaka, who charted Breaking Up Is Hard to Do at #1 in 1962 and at #8, in a much slower re-recorded version in 1976; the Contours, who charted "Do You Love Me" in 1962 and 1988; the Righteous Brothers, who charted "Unchained Melody" in 1965 and 1990; The 4 Seasons, who charted "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) at #1 in 1976 and at #14 in 1994; and Queen, who charted "Bohemian Rhapsody" at #9 in 1976 and #2 in 1992.
Mardones originally released "Into the Night" in June 1980. The song peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in September 1980, logging 20 weeks on the chart before falling off in late October. Mardones was unable to duplicate the success of "Into the Night" and is considered a one-hit wonder.
In 1989, a "Where Are They Now?" Arizona radio segment spurred L.A. DJ Scott Shannon to add the song to his playlist, ultimately rocketing the song back onto the national charts, on May 6, 1989. Mardones' recording peaked this time at No. 20 the first week in July, adding 17 weeks to its previous run of 20, to add up to a total of 37 (nonconsecutive) weeks.
"Into the Night" was a hit on Adult Contemporary radio this time as well, where it spent 19 weeks and peaked at No. 20. Mardones re-recorded the song in 1989 for a new, self-titled album on the Curb Records label; this second recording drew further radio attention.
The original song was performed in C minor, but since at least 2011, Mardones has performed it in Bb minor to accommodate his aging voice.
Mardones made a music video for the song, but, as it predated MTV by a year, it was not widely broadcast.
The video opens with Mardones walking down a street and approaching a house. The song plays over the video, and the lyrics serve as Mardones' monologue. He is met at the door by a bearded man who tells him, "She's just 16 years old. Leave her alone." Mardones leaves and walks around to the back of the house, peering through a window at a girl sitting sullenly in her room. The video then cuts to Mardones at a pay phone, speaking to the girl on the other end of the line and professing his love. The video then cuts again to Mardones returning to the girl's house, carrying a rolled-up carpet. He crawls through her bedroom window, unrolls the magic carpet, and taking the girl's hand, they take flight into the night sky. The video closes with Mardones serenading the girl as they embrace; the scene finally fades to black as they kiss.
On July 2, 2016, a full version of the video was uploaded to YouTube. 
|Canadian Singles Chart||12|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||29|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||11|
|Australian Singles Chart||19|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||20|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart||20|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart||23|
1980 Polydor recording
- Benny Mardones – lead vocals, background vocals
- Bobby Messano, Ron Bloom – guitar
- Kinny Landrum – keyboards
- Leigh Foxx – bass
- Sandy Gennaro – drums
- Robert Tepper – background vocals
- Barry Mraz – producer, engineer
- David Gottlieb, Paul Speck - assistant engineers
- Recorded at Quadradial Cinema Recording Studios, North Miami, FL
1989 Curb re-recording
- Michael Lloyd – producer, engineer
- Benny Mardones – vocals, backing vocals
- Dennis Belfield – bass
- Duane Evans – acoustic piano, clavinet, fender rhodes, synthesizer, backing vocals
- Ron Bloom – guitar
- Ron Krasinski – drums
Nick Kamen covered the song for his 1987 debut album Nick Kamen.
In 1992, Taiwan's Harlem Yu released a cover version of the song on his album Harlem Music Station.
In 1995, Australian singer Peter Wilson released a cover of the song as a single.
In 1996, the group Fiji included a version of the song on their album Born and Raised.
The song was sampled by indie hip hop group Conrad Hilton on the song "Into the Night/Heat of the Night" and Decoy's version of "Into the Night", both of which feature Benny Mardones in the songs.
Rapper Triple J used the melody and interpolated "Into the Night" for his song "16 Years Old".
American band Pure Bathing Culture interpolates part of the melody and refrain of "Into the Night" on their song "Scotty" from the 2013 album Moon Tides.
In popular culture
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- Thomas, Stephen (September 17, 2002). "A Journey Through Time – Benny Mardones : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- YouTube: TIME LIFE Classic Soft Rock infomercial part 1
- YouTube: Link to original 1980 video
- "Results – RPM – Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- Steffen Hung. "Benny Mardones – Into The Night". charts.nz. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Benny Mardones Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. September 6, 1980. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 191. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- Benny Mardones. "Benny Mardones – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "australian-charts.com > Junior Tucker – 16 (Into the Night) (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 3, 2016.
- "Triple J - 16 Years Old". February 7, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2017.