Rescued from VHS: Sochi has nothing on Lionel Richie at 1984 Olympics

Yes, we got to see Russian police officers bust out an amusing and even acceptable rendition of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at the Opening Ceremonies in Sochi the other night, but what audiences got to see 30 years ago was arguably more awesome.

At the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, the stadium was treated to Lionel Richie’s 7-minute rendition of the song that is officially known as “All Night Long (All Night).”

Suited up in a blue sequined jacket, over a silver sequined shirt and white pants that would make a sailor blush, Lionel does “All Night Long” for what seems like all night long. Dancers in pastel sweats do the robot and do rudimentary breakdancing moves in a battlefield of smoke as the singer adds an extended call-and-response to his classic tune, which at the time was closer to contemporary. (It was the No. 1 single in the U.S. for four weeks at the end of 1983 and it charted in eight other countries that year).

What needs to be noted, however, is that Lionel drops the “tom bo li de say de moi ya” breakdown


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