I Drove All Night

COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘I Drove All Night’

The song “I Drove All Night” was originally recorded in 1987 by Roy Orbison.

The song “I Drove All Night” was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and originally recorded by the legendary Roy Orbison in 1987. Roy died in December 1988 and it was not until 1992 that the song was released as part of a posthumous collection of previously recorded material called “King Of Hearts”. It was released as a single globally and reached No.7 in the UK and charted high all over Europe as well as in Canada and Australia. It was not released in the US as a single, however, the album was and it became a huge success commercially as well as winning a Grammy Award for Orbison, one of many he had received after his sad death. A video for the single was made featuring the actors Jason Priestley and Jennifer Connolly.

Whilst all this was going on, singer Cyndi Lauper, who had worked extensively with Steinberg and Kelly, picked up the song for her 1989 album “A Night To Remember” and released it as the lead single. It reached No.6 in the US (her last top ten placing there to date) and No.7 in the UK, a chart placing that was matched by Orbison three years later with his original!

In 2003 Celine Dion recorded a dance version of the song for a Chrysler car advert and was included on her album “One Heart” later that year. Her version reached No.45 in the US and No.27 in the UK as well as topping the Canadian chart for five weeks. Billy Steinberg had previously written the title track to her enormous 1996 album “Falling Into You” (32 million copies sold worldwide) and her version was produced by Peer Åström, who later wrote and produced two songs for Lauper’s 2008 album “Bring Ya To The Brink”!


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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!