On this day in music history: October 11, 1983…

On this day in music history: October 11, 1983 – “Can’t Slow Down”, the second solo album by Lionel Richie is released. Produced by James Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie and David Foster, it is recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA from May – September 1983. While his multi-platinum selling debut is still riding the charts, Lionel Richie re-enters the studio in the Spring of 1983 to record his sophomore solo release. Working with a number of the same musicians that played on the first album, more well known and prominent musicians including Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro (from Toto), and David Foster (keyboards, co-production), Louie Shelton (guitar) and Richard Marx (backing vocals) also participate in the sessions. The album is an enormous success surpassing its predecessor, spinning off five top 10 singles including “All Night Long (All Night)” (#1 Pop and R&B), “Hello” (#1 Pop and R&B), “Stuck On You” (#3 Pop, #8 R&B), “Penny Lover” (#8 Pop and R&B), and “Running With The Night” (#7 Pop, #6 R&B). Though neither are released as singles, the tracks “Love Will Find A Way” and “The Only One”, both receive significant radio play and become firm fan favorites also. “Can’t Slow Down” spends a total of 160 weeks on the Billboard pop album chart, including 59 weeks in the top 10 alone, and becoming the third best selling album of 1984. It also wins Richie the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 1985. In 2003, Universal Music Group reissues album as a two CD Deluxe Edition featuring a remastered version of the original eight song album, also including 7" and 12" single versions as bonus tracks. The second disc features twelve previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions of the main album’s songs as works in progress. The album is also remastered and reissued as a high resolution audio Blu-ray disc in both DTS and Dolby True HD (stereo only). Out of print on vinyl since 1989, the album is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in December of 2017. The reissue pressing replicates the gatefold LP sleeve, found on the original issue. Can’t Slow Down" spends three weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, topping the R&B album chart for twenty three weeks (non-consecutive), and is certified 10x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, earning a Diamond Certification.