Night Time Lover

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Not to be confused with Part-Time Lover.
"Night Time Lover"
Single by La Toya Jackson featuring Michael Jackson
from the album La Toya Jackson
Released August 1, 1980
Format 7", 12" single
Recorded 1980
Genre Pop, R&B, soul, dance
Length 4:22
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson
Producer(s) Michael Jackson
La Toya Jackson featuring Michael Jackson singles chronology
"If You Feel the Funk"
"Night Time Lover"
"Stay the Night"
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Night Time Lover"
"Save Me"
Alternative cover

"Night Time Lover" is the second single by American singer La Toya Jackson, from her eponymous debut. The track was produced by her brother Michael, who provides co-lead vocals on the chorus. They originally wrote the song for Donna Summer under the title "Fire Is The Feeling".[1]

The song peaked at #59 on the Billboard R&B chart. In La Toya's 1991 autobiography, La Toya: Growing up in the Jackson Family, she revealed that Michael changed production at the last minute to make sure that it would not overshadow the success of his album Off the Wall. The said mix of the song is rumored to have appeared in the Jackson family auction in Las Vegas as item 553 "Night Time Lover Monitor Mix 2-12-80".[2]

Bobby DeBarge of Switch, Jackson's love interest, wrote the 1980 song "You and I" in response. The song begins: "You know, I was listening to the radio the other day, And I heard the words that you said that I'm your Night Time Lover."[3]

The track "Lovely Is She" (also on the album) was on the B-side of the single.

Jackson performed the song on the November 10, 1980 episode of the Dutch TV program TopPop and a month later on the December 13 episode of American Bandstand.[4]

In Allmusic editor Justin Kantor's description: "Another primer is 'Nighttime Lover,' a softly seductive, simultaneously kinetic number produced by brother Michael."[5]


  1. ^ "Jet - Google Boeken". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Switch You And I Lyrics". Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  4. ^ "American Bandstand Jimmy Hall / LaToya Jackson Season 24, Episode 6, Aired 12/13/80". Retrieved 22 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "La Toya Jackson", AllMusic.