♫ Rhythm Of The Night ♫

This was the first of songwriter Diane Warren’s many Top 10 hits that she wrote entirely herself, and was the biggest hit for the family group DeBarge.

By 1985, DeBarge had become pop/R&B sensations with mostly ballads making the repertoire of their hit catalog though they were as impressive as live performers with their mixture of their trademark soft ballads and a collection of dance material. Motown Records sought to produce DeBarge with a dance single to give them a bigger crossover success that mirrored that of label-mate Lionel Richie, who like DeBarge, had created his initial fan base on soft songs before the release of All Night Long, which included a catchy dance beat influenced by calypso. A similar influence would come in the production of Rhythm of the Night which featured more of El DeBarge’s deep tenor with flashes of his trademark falsetto. Richard Perry, the hit producer behind hit recordings for The Pointer Sisters, Harry Nilsson, and Carly Simon, among others, was appointed to produce the single with Diane Warren as its writer.

Rhythm of the Night
DeBarge

When it feels like the world is on your shoulders
And all of the madness has got you going crazy
It’s time to get out step out into the street
Where all of the action is right there at your feet

Well I know a place where we can dance the whole night away
Underneath electric stars
Just come with me and we can shake your blues right away
You’ll be doing fine once the music starts

Oh, to the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Oh the rhythm of the night, oh yeah

Look out on the street now the party’s just beginning
The music’s playing a celebration’s starting
Under the street lights the scene is being set
A night for romance a night you won’t forget

So come join the fun this ain’t no time to be staying home
Oh there’s too much going on
Tonight is gonna be a night like you’ve never known
We’re gonna have a good time the whole night long

Oh, to the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Oh the rhythm of the night, oh

Come join the fun this ain’t no time to be staying home
Ooh there’s too much going on, oh
Tonight is gonna be a night like you’ve never known
We’re gonna have a good time the whole night long, oh

To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind
You can leave them all behind

To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Dance until the morning light
Forget about the worries on your mind

Oh, to the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind
La la la la, la la la la la la
La la la la, la la la la la la
The music’s playin’, it’s a celebration
The music’s playin’, everybody dance
To the beat of the rhythm of the night
Forget about the worries on your mind (you can leave them all behind)
To the beat of the rhythm of the night (dance until the morning light)
Forget about the worries on your mind (you can leave them all behind)
To the beat of the rhythm of the night (oh, oh, oh, oh)

Songwriters: Diane Warren
Rhythm of the Night lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

10 thoughts on “♫ Rhythm Of The Night ♫

  1. Diane Warren is an immensely talented songwriter. The list of songs that she has written and that have been recorded by a huge array of famous singers is stunning. I believe that my favorite is “Because You Loved Me”, which she wrote for her Father as he had encouraged her songwriting career. I know it was recorded to great acclaim by Celine Dion, but I remember hearing it sung by Warren herself back then and I loved it. DeBarge was a talented group of siblings that was plagued by drug addictions, arrests and their tumultuous/tragic childhood at the hands of their Father. Several years ago, my neighbor loaned me her copy of Thomas DeBarge’s book “There’ll Never Be” and it was beyond anything that had ever been revealed previously about them. I had read a biography by Bunny years before this one, but it ended abruptly. Supposedly there was to be a second book by her, I don’t think it has ever been published. Wonderful choice! Thank-you!

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    • Again you prove your prowess as a walking, talking encyclopedia of all things related to music! I do love “Because You Loved Me”, but had no idea it was written for Ms. Warren’s father, nor that he was a singer! And I certainly did not know the story, tragic it would seem, of the DeBarge family. So, once again, thank you for expanding my knowledge! This is why I’ve missed you these past couple of weeks! I hope you and Benjamin will be around for Jolly Monday tomorrow!!!

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      • You may regret the ‘missed you’ part after I comment on today’s choice of music. You are almost certainly sure to be chided by me, yet again! Now, in fairness to you…I could have given you a heads up in my above comment and in truth the thought had occurred to me at the time. It was, however, quickly disregarded by my mischievous nature. At times I amuse myself, even when no one else seems amused! Thank-you and happy to be back, although not quite at 100%!

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        • Nah … I’ve even missed your chiding and your mischievous nature! I can see that sly grin on your face as I read your comment. And to myself, I smile, and I think, “YAY!!! Ellen’s really back!” Maybe not 100%, but at least 90% I think! And so, I shall take my no-doubt-deserved chiding in good time and will try to do better next time! 😊

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    • Thanks, my friend! I’m glad I chose this one over “Eve of Destruction” then. 😊 You have a great weekend also! Thus far, mine is rainy, but tomorrow is supposed to be better. ❤

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