Notwithstanding the nexus between Bill Haley and Chuck Berry going back to the 1950s, Michael Jackson is generally credited with the fusion of black music and contemporary rock. But he was far from the only artist to do so, and shortly after the release of Jackson's Thriller
album, Lionel Richie unleashed Can't Slow Down
, the multi-platinum album which features the uptempo smash hit "Running With The Night."
Richie co-wrote this with the lyricist Cynthia Weil, and co-produced it with James Anthony Carmichael; the blistering guitar solo is played by Steve Lukather of Toto. Released on the Motown label, the radio edit runs to 4 minutes 5 seconds, and the album version to 6 minutes 2 seconds.
Alexander Baron - London, England