All Night Long (All Night)" is a hit single by American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie from 1983. Taken from his second solo album, (1983), it combined Richie's soulful Can't Slow Down Commodores style with Caribbean influences. This new, more dance music, pop-inspired approach proved popular, as the single reached number one on three Billboard charts (pop, R&B and adult contemporary).  Richard Marx contributed guest vocals as an unknown until his 1987 debut album appeared.
In the UK, the song was kept off of the top spot by
Billy Joel's " Uptown Girl", peaking at number two on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks.
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 "Tom bo li de say de moi ya," and "Jambo jumbo," were in fact made-up gibberish of his own invention.
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.  
An accompanying music video was produced by former
Monkee and TV video pioneer Michael Nesmith and directed by Bob Rafelson.  
Richie performed the song at the closing ceremonies of the
1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. 
Original 1983 version
Personnel as listed in the album's
liner notes are:  Lionel Richie - lead vocals, producer, vocal arrangements, rhythm arrangements, backing vocals,
Yamaha GS1 synthesizer, chant vocals
Greg Phillinganes - Yamaha GS1 synthesizer, gibberish vocals
Darryl Jones - guitar, gibberish vocals Carlos Rios - guitar, gibberish vocals
Tim May - guitar
Abraham Laboriel - bass guitar
John "J.R." Robinson - drums
Paulinho Da Costa - percussion Melinda Chatman - vocal sound effects, chant vocals, gibberish vocals
David Cochrane - background vocals, chant vocals
Calvin Harris - backing vocals, chant vocals
Richard Marx - backing vocals, chant vocals Deborah Thomas - backing vocals, chant vocals
Kin Vassy - backing vocals
Diane Burt - chant vocals
Dr. Lloyd Byro Greig - chant vocals
Brenda Harvey-Richie - chant vocals
Jeanette Hawes - chant vocals
Janice Marie Johnson - chant vocals
Deborah Joyce Richie - chant vocals
Suzanne Stanford - chant vocals & gibberish vocals
Marilyn Ammons - gibberish vocals
Sue Ann Butler - gibberish vocals
Sheldon J. Cohn, Esq. - gibberish vocals
Sandy Dent-Crimmel - gibberish vocals
Ruth Diaz - gibberish vocals
Sylvia Genauer - gibberish vocals
Rejauna Lynn Green - gibberish vocals
Gabrielle Greig - gibberish vocals
Sally Greig - gibberish vocals
Tanya Greig - gibberish vocals
David Malvin - gibberish vocals
Alison Maxwell - gibberish vocals
Jerry Montes - gibberish vocals
John Michael Montes - gibberish vocals
Billy "Bass" Nelson - gibberish vocals
Randy Stern - gibberish vocals
Wilbert Terrell - gibberish vocals
Susan Wood - gibberish vocals Production
James Anthony Carmichael - producer, chant vocals Steve Crimmel - second recording engineer
David Egerton - second recording engineer, gibberish vocals
Mark Ettel - second recording engineer
2011 version (with Guy Sebastian)
Richie recorded a new version of the song with Australian singer-songwriter
Guy Sebastian in 2011. All proceeds went towards the Queensland floods and New Zealand earthquake appeal. The re-recorded version was produced by  RedOne and was released to  iTunes Stores in Australia and New Zealand on 18 and 16 March, respectively.  
It debuted on the New Zealand Singles Chart at number twelve on 21 March 2011
and on the Australian  ARIA Singles Chart at number twenty-six on 28 March 2011. 
Benjamin Ingrosso version
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 gold on 16 April 2019. 
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.  The release was a big hit for Enrique Iglesias featuring Pitbull. The song was also included in Iglesias's 2010 album  .
RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
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