Rising high as an actor in comedies in the 1980s, Eddie Murphy tried for a singing career with the song Party All the Time.
Murphy had been in 48 Hrs, Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop when he worked with Rick James, who produced his first album How Could it Be.
The first single, Party All the Time, was written by James and Kevin Johnston, and was recorded at James’ home studio in Buffalo, New York.
The song is a lament by the singer, that despite all he does for his girlfriend, giving her gifts and spending time with her, she goes out to party and flirt with other men.
The funk/dance song, released in May 1985, featuring backing vocals by James, climbed the charts and hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, capitalizing on Murphy’s star power and the strength of the music video, as well as James’ influence.
Also hitting the Hot Dance and Hot Black charts in the US, the song charted in Belgium, Finland, Germany, UK and New Zealand, and became a nightclub hit.
Murphy’s career continued to be filled with successes in his comedy and acting, but his singing career made him a one hit wonder of the 1980s.