‘Into the Night’ by Benny Mardones – Classic Hit or Miss
“Into the Night” is unusual for being one of only 10 recordings to ever ascend to the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart twice. The chartings, in 1980 and in 1989, were of the same recording. Chubby Checker was first to do this with his cover of “The Twist”, a single that went to #1 in September 1960 and again in January 1962. Other artists to achieve the feat include the Contours, who charted “Do You Love Me” in 1962 and 1988, and the Righteous Brothers, who charted “Unchained Melody” in 1965 and 1990.
Benny Mardones originally released “Into the Night” in June 1980. The song peaked at #11 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in September 1980, logging 20 weeks on the chart before falling off in late October.
In 1989, a Where Are They Now? Arizona radio segment spurred L.A. DJ Scott Shannon to add the song to his playlist, ultimately rocketing the song back onto the national charts, on May 6, 1989. Mardones’ recording peaked this time at #20 the first week in July, adding 17 weeks to its previous run of 20, to add up to a total of 37 (nonconsecutive) weeks, breaking the record set by Laura Branigan with her single “Gloria”, which charted for 36 (consecutive) weeks from July 1982 to March 1983, for the longest-charting single of the 1980s by a solo artist.
Still a Hit today?