1983 Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down

Can’t Slow Down is the second solo album by American recording artist Lionel Richie. It was released on October 11, 1983, by Motown Records.

The album reached #1 on the Billboard album chart. It also spent 59 consecutive weeks inside the Top 10 (including the entire year of 1984) and a total of 160 weeks (over three years) on the Billboard 200. After being the third best-selling album of 1984, it went on to win a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985 and by 1986 the album had sold 15 million copies, eventually selling over 20 million.

Can’t Slow Down achieved the feat of having every single released hit the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Two songs, “Hello” and “All Night Long (All Night)”, both went to #1. Other hits include “Stuck on You” (US #3), “Running With the Night” (US #7), and “Penny Lover” (US #8). The ballad “The Only One” was a significant song from the album which was never released as a single, yet remains a popular staple of Richie’s live performances.


1  Can’t Slow Down (David Cochrane, Lionel Richie) 4:43
All Night Long (All Night) (Lionel Richie) 6:25
Penny Lover (Brenda Harvey-Richie, Lionel Richie) 5:35
4  Stuck On You (Lionel Richie) 3:13
5  Love Will Find A Way (Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie) 6:16
6  The Only One (David Foster, Lionel Richie) 4:21
Running With The Night (Cynthia Weil, Lionel Richie) 6:01
Hello (Lionel Richie) 4:15


1 Can’t Slow Down

Bass David Cochrane
Drums Paul Leim
Synthesizer David Cochrane
Vocoder David Cochrane

2 All Night Long (All Night)*

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Darrell Jones
Guitar Tim May
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Synthesizer Lionel Richie
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Synthesizer David Cochrane

3 Penny Lover

Bass Abraham Laboriel Sr
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Carlos Rios
Fender Rhodes John Hobbs
Synthesizer Lionel Richie
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker

4 Stuck On You

Bass Joe Chemay
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Louie Shelton
Guitar Mitch Holder
Acoustic Guitar Fred Tackett
Acoustic Guitar Darrell Jones
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Lionel Richie

5 Love Will Find A Way

Bass Nathan East
Guitar David Cochrane
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Synthesizer Greg Phillinganes
Background Vocals Deborah Thomas
Background Vocals Jeanette Howes
Background Vocals Richard Marx

6 The Only One

Bass David Foster
Drums JR Robinson
Guitar Steve Lukather
Keyboards David Foster
Background Vocals Richard Marx

7 Running With The Night

Bass Joe Chemay
Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo) Steve Lukather
Guitar Carlos Rios
Piano John Hobbs
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker
Vocoder Michael Boddicker
Background Vocals David Cochrane
Background Vocals Deborah Thomas
Background Vocals Richard Marx

8 Hello

Bass Joe Chemay
Drums Paul Leim
Guitar Louie Shelton
Acoustic Guitar Tim May
Fender Rhodes Reginald Burke
Synthesizer Michael Boddicker

Other Musicians

*Vocals (Chant) – Brenda Harvey-Richie, Calvin Harris, Deborah Joyce Richie, Deborah Thomas, Diane Burt, Dr. Lloyd Byron Greig, James Anthony Carmichael, Janice Johnson, Jeanette Hawes, Lionel Richie, Richard Marx, Suzanne Stanford
*Vocals (Vocal Sound Effects) – Melinda Joyce Chatman
*Voice (Chant) – David Cochrane, Melinda Joyce Chatman
*Voice (Hoopa Hollers) – Alison Maxwell, Billy Nelson, Carlos Rios, Darrell Jones, David Egerton, David Malvin, Gabrielle Greig, Greg Phillinganes, Jerry Montes, John Michael Montes, Marilyn Ammons, Melinda Joyce Chatman, Randy Stern, Rejauna Lynn Green, Ruth Diaz, Sally Greig, Sandy Dent-Crimmel, Sheldon J. Cohn, Sue Ann Butler, Susan Wood, Suzanne Stanford, Sylvia Genauer, Tanya Greig, Wilbert Terrell (Track 2)

Liner Notes

Producer – Lionel Richie
Producer – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
Producer – David Foster (Track 6)

Arranged By – David Cochrane (Track 1)
Arranged By – James Anthony Carmichael (Track 1)
Arranged By – Lionel Richie (Track 1)
Arranged By (Rhythm Arrangements) – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm Arrangements) – Lionel Richie (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8)
Arranged By (Rhythm Arrangements) – Greg Phillinganes (Track 5)
Arranged By (String And Horn Arrangement) – James Anthony Carmichael (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 8)
Arranged By (String Arrangements) – Jeremy Lubbock (Track 6)
Arranged By (Vocal Arrangements) – Lionel Richie
Concertmaster – Israel Baker (Tracks 3, 4)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Track 8)
Coordinator (Assistant To The Production Assistant) – Melinda Joyce Chatman
Coordinator (Production Assistant) – Brenda Harvey-Richie
Engineer (Second Recording Engineer) – Jim Cassell (Track 8)
Engineer (Additional Recording And Mixing Engineer) – Jane Clark
Engineer (Mixing Engineer) – Calvin Harris
Engineer (Recording Engineer) – Calvin Harris
Engineer (Second Mixing Engineer) – Fred Law, Karen Siegel
Engineer (Second Recording Engineer) – David Egerton, Mark Ettel, Steve Crimmel
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Calvin Harris
Mixed By – Humberto Gatica (Track 6)
Musical Assistance (Creative Assistant) – Rita Leigh

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Photography By (Front & Back Cover Photography) – Greg Gorman
Photography By (Innerspread Photography) – Chris Callis

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
Published By – Brockman Music
Published By – K-Dave’s Music
Published By – WB Music Corp.
Published By – Poopy’s Music
Published By – Foster Frees Music, Inc.
Published By – Dyad Music Ltd.
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Mixed At – Motown Recording Studios