Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.

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Written as a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984, the Commodores released Nightshift on January 31, 1985.
It was the first and biggest hit by the group after Lionel Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.
FUN FACTS:
  • The verse on Marvin Gaye mentions his song What’s Going On, while the verse on Jackie Wilson mentions his songs Baby Workout and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher.
  • The songwriter Franne Golde was brought in to help with the lyrics. She had recently seen the 1982 movie Night Shift (starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton; directed by Ron Howard), which gave her the idea for the title.
  • On March 16, 1985, Nightshift went to #1 on the R&B chart, where it stayed for four weeks. The song it replaced, Missing You by Diana Ross, was also a tribute to Marvin Gaye. That one was written by former Commodore Lionel Richie.
  • A revised version of the song was dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010.

 

Enjoy!

See my Song Lyric Sunday selection for FeliciaDenise.com.

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Disclaimer: I have no copyrights to the song and/or video and/or hyperlinks to songs and/or videos and/or gifs above. No copyright infringement intended.

Nightshift

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

9 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

  1. Reblogged this on My Corner and commented:
    I no longer participate in this challenge, but I can’t help re-blogging Felisha’s response to this week’s prompt, “time.” The song she’s featuring was popular when I was in college. It’s about being up all night, something I’ve never liked doing, even when I was in college. Maybe that’s why I decided to become a music therapist. They don’t usually work night shifts. Stay tuned tomorrow for more music and memories.

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