ON THIS DAY.. Lionel Richie’s All Night Long (All Night) hit number one.

Step back in time to 1983..

It’s a Christmas party classic, and fittingly, Lionel Ritchie’s disco banger All night Long hit number in the Australian singles chart 34 years ago today, where it remained for six weeks.

It was from the Alabama-born crooner’s second album Can't Slow Down, and combined Richie's soulful vocal style with Caribbean influences. The lyrics are mostly in English, with Ritchie admitting in the past that the ‘African inspired’ lines are actually made up words as he didn’t have time to hire a translator.

But when the rhythm is that infectious who cares about lyrics? After all, there is no language more universal than the one of music. All together now…


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