I Drove All Night

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"I Drove All Night" is a song written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly for Roy Orbison. Orbison first recorded the song in 1987, but his rendition was not released until 1992, after the song had become a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic for Cyndi Lauper in 1989. The song has been covered by Pinmonkey (2002) and Céline Dion (2003). John Waite recorded the song in 1986-87 while recording tracks for the CD Rovers Return but decided not to release it. American rock singer and former American Idol contestant, Carly Smithson, covered the song during the semi-finals of the show during a week inspired by the music of the 1980s.


Cyndi Lauper version

"I Drove All Night" was recorded by Cyndi Lauper for her third solo album A Night To Remember. Lauper said she wanted to do it because she liked the idea "of a woman driving, of a woman in control." The song was a top 10 pop hit in the United States (her last U.S. top 40 single to date), peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and also a hit in other countries. The single was certified gold by the RIAA. The single would prove to be her final big hit in North America.

The only official remix of the song for Lauper's version is the Jungle mix, a version that incorporates supposed jungle noises.

The music video for "I Drove All Night," directed by Scott Kalvert and Cyndi Lauper features shots of an antique car and Lauper's characteristically manic dancing. Much of the video, however, has movie film projected onto Lauper's clearly naked body. It is also the first music video to be closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


Roy Orbison version

Jeff Lynne remixed Orbison's 1987 recordings for the posthumous album King of Hearts of which "I Drove All Night" was one of the tracks. However, Orbison's version of the song was released as a single off the 1991 compilation album Nintendo: White Knuckle Scorin'. The song was a significant hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. King of Hearts and "I Drove All Night" were generally well-received in the United States, returning Orbison to the Billboard charts and receiving a Grammy Award.

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