Rhythm Of The Night – DeBarge | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#3) & R&B (#1); 1985

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Lionel Richie’s 1983 party anthem All Night Long (All Night) provided the inspiration for the biggest hit from Grand Rapids family group DeBarge. Made up of siblings El, Bunny, Mark, James, and Randy (but not Chico of Talk To Me fame or Bobby and Tommy of funk group Switch), DeBarge’s first release only reached #46 on the R&B list. However, their next three singles all made it into the R&B Top 5 – included the chart topping Time Will Reveal – and Love Me In A Special Way peaked at #11. Then came the group’s pop breakthrough, Rhythm Of The Night. Whereas all the singles to date had been penned by a DeBarge, Rhythm came from Diane Warren, who had written it for The Last Dragon soundtrack. The immediacy of the recording was enhanced by producer Richard Perry who cut the instrumental track with live musicians and used street sounds courtesy of DeBarge. Fittingly, Rhythm followed in All Night Long‘s footsteps all the way to #1.

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Produced by:

  • Richard Perry

Lyrics Written by:

  • Diane Warren