memories of the ’80s – Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie

This mid 1980s ballad not only showcased the range of its singer, but was the theme song of a popular film: Say You, Say Me by Lionel Richie.

Commissioned by the producers to write a theme song for the 1985 film White Nights, Richie scripted the song, influenced by the movie story line of forgotten and remembered love.

But Richie’s label Motown didn’t want his next single to appear on another label, so although the single was released in October 1985, a month prior to the film’s release in November, it didn’t appear on the movie soundtrack album.

With regular airplay on radio and a video that showcased the singer and excerpts from the film helped the single hit number on on the Billboard R&B  and Adult Contemporary charts in December 1985. The song took the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1986.

The song won Song of the Year at the Golden Globes and the Oscar for Best Original Song, Richie’s next album with Motown, Dancing on the Ceiling, released in August 1986 included the single.

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About Waheeda Harris

A freelance journalist with a penchant for exploring our planet.
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