Today’s 101 #1 song of the day is written primarily in English, but the writer also wanted to include some language from Africa – unfortunately, he never had time to hire a translator. Fortunately, he made up some lines, called it a wonderful joke and got a number one hit. He combined his past with the soulful sounds of the group he was with before he went solo with Caribbean influences and wanted to add something African but without time to hire someone to do the job, he made it up…the lines are “Tom bo li de say de moi ya” and “Jambo Jumbo”. Sound familiar? Sing it to yourself like this “” – and you’ve got the gibberish stylings of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night)” enjoying its last few days atop the chart after a four week run in 1983.

 

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