‘All Evening Lengthy (All Evening)’: Lionel Richie Could not Sluggish Down

“Properly my mates, the time has come…” to commemorate a really recognizable lyric and a chart anniversary for Lionel Richie. On November 12, 1983, “All Night Long (All Night)” accomplished its climb to the highest of the Billboard Scorching 100, on its technique to changing into one of many anthems of his profession.

Written by Richie and co-produced by the artist with James Carmichael, “All Evening Lengthy” had been shifting up the US pop chart since mid-September. Moreover, it was already within the midst of a seven-week run at No. 1 on the R&B survey. Then it began a four-week pop reign, seizing the crown from Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream.” On the R&B chart, Motown’s sturdy finish to the 12 months would proceed when Richie was adopted to the summit by DeBarge’s “Time Will Reveal.”

“All Evening Lengthy” was one of many many hits from Can’t Slow Down, Lionel’s second solo album, which itself was an absolute gross sales juggernaut, licensed ten-times platinum in America in simply over two years, by the top of 1985. By a long way the bestselling album of Richie’s stellar profession, its estimated worldwide gross sales are actually some 20 million.

Making magic on Sundown

Recorded at Ocean Means Studios on Sundown Boulevard in Los Angeles within the spring of 1983, the observe featured such celebrated gamers as Greg Phillinganes on synthesisers, Paulinho da Costa on percussion, and a crew of backing vocalists that included a then-unknown Richard Marx.

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As for the Jamaican-style chant that had Richie and the refrain singing “Tom bo li de say di moi ya, yeah, jambo, jumbo,” what did it imply? This author requested Lionel that very query in an interview for British pop weekly File Mirror on the time of the one’s success. “If you happen to return and attempt to discover out what it means,” he mentioned, “it’s like most of Bob Marley’s chants. They don’t actually imply something, however you recognize what they imply – you recognize what I’m saying? It’s an outdated Jamaican chant.”

Purchase or stream “All Evening Lengthy (All Evening)” on Lionel Richie’s Can’t Slow Down album.