How Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" Became An All-Timer

By Kellar Ellsworth
Lionel rocking one of the premier jheri curls. pinterest

Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long” topped the Hot 100 for four weeks in 1983 and likely became a bedroom staple for many years after that. The Jheri curl king put the classic together, thanks to Caribbean vacations, the United Nations, and even his wife’s gynecologist! The song epitomizes Richie’s aim of universality, "What I try to write about are real events. There will always be an easy like Sunday morning. There will always be an endless love. There will always be an all night long." Here’s how “All Night Long” came to be.