80s Song of the Day: Nightshift by the Commodores

Nightshift by the Commodores was released on January 31, 1985, with I Keep Running as the B side. It was a single from the band’s eleventh album of the same name. The song was a tribute to singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, who had both died in 1984. The lyrics reference the singers’ respective hits, (Your Love Is Lifting Me) Higher and Higher and What’s Going On.

commodores-nightshift-1984-us-artworkThe song peaked at No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, it was also a No. 1 hit on the Hot Black Singles chart. It was the Commodores’ first and biggest hit after Lionel Richie departed the band.

Nightshift won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.

 

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