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“Into The Night” (1980) by Benny Mardones is a GEM of a song that deserves more love

What a good song! What a forgotten song!

It deserves more love. It’s actually very very good. Did you like it?

Did he have any other songs? I know this one charted twice, in 1980 and then again in 1989.

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by Anonymousreply 7206/12/2021

Your disingenuous is on full blast, OP.

Troll.

by Anonymousreply 105/27/2021

R1 I was born in 1987. Sorry. I actually just discovered him days ago.

by Anonymousreply 205/27/2021

i love songs like this that just build and build and build.... like a great showtune or barry manilow song. this song is one of my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 305/27/2021

[quote] I was born in 1987.

No, you weren't. And this is one of your agenda threads, Defarto.

by Anonymousreply 405/27/2021

He even sounded great live.

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by Anonymousreply 505/27/2021

Anyways...

I discovered it through this stupid but cute Gen Z TikToker who rocks an 80s haircut and aesthetic and lip-synchs to 80s songs. That was the first time I heard it.

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by Anonymousreply 605/27/2021

A song by a then 34 year old man about wanting to fuck a 16 year old.

by Anonymousreply 705/27/2021

He was 34 here. The average person looked so much older then than they do now.

Sometimes you see photos of people from the 50s and they were only 30 and look 50 already meanwhile these days they look 20.

by Anonymousreply 805/27/2021

"A song by a then 34 year old man about wanting to fuck a 16 year old."

And your point is...???

by Anonymousreply 905/27/2021

True r8. Look at any move star from back in the day. After they hit their 40s they looked so different than modern celebrities do at the same age.

by Anonymousreply 1005/27/2021

I heard a DJ say that whenever he plays this song he gets a ton of calls about it.

by Anonymousreply 1105/27/2021

This woman is crushing on that TikToker lol.

These older ladies like that 80s aesthetic, huh?

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by Anonymousreply 1205/27/2021

I used to adore this song. Was always very moved by it.

All that changed a moment ago when I saw that official video that OP posted for the very first time. Iccccckkkkkk!!!!

What a creepy video. That video turns my stomach. This guy looks like he could be 50 years old and the girl looks like she could be 12.

I feel like I should go take a shower and wash all that dirt and filth off me!

by Anonymousreply 1305/27/2021

I don't give a shit, I've always loved this song.

by Anonymousreply 1405/27/2021

Mardones died not too long ago.

by Anonymousreply 1505/27/2021

He's coming for your daughter!

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by Anonymousreply 1605/27/2021

The video is creepy but it’s a great song.

by Anonymousreply 1705/27/2021

Great song. It's one of those that I used to sing at the top of my lungs in the car. RIP Benny

by Anonymousreply 1805/27/2021

That wannabe 80s TikToker at r6 really has all the “old” ladies creaming their parties, huh? He must remind them of when they were young in the 80s lol

Even though he’s young in 2021.

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by Anonymousreply 1905/27/2021

It’s pervy as fuck, but it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.

by Anonymousreply 2005/27/2021

In the opening shot, is his T-shirt belted under his blazer?

by Anonymousreply 2105/27/2021

Benny looks like the proto-Caitlyn Jenner.

by Anonymousreply 2205/27/2021

I bought the single the 1st time around.

by Anonymousreply 2305/27/2021

[quote]Benny looks like the proto-Caitlyn Jenner.

Between the long hair and the stripped shirt, he definitely had a Caitlyn thing about him.

by Anonymousreply 2405/28/2021

Great tune, and he sings the hell out of it.

by Anonymousreply 2505/28/2021

When Benny turned to the camera in OP's video, I thought it was a trans woman.

by Anonymousreply 2605/28/2021

Jesus that's full pedo shit in the video.

by Anonymousreply 2705/28/2021

Oh, my God! That video was hilarious. The magic carpet ride at the end - to die.

by Anonymousreply 2805/28/2021

Hilarious.

by Anonymousreply 2905/28/2021

This is another one that is as equally creepy and unintentionally hilarious 😂

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by Anonymousreply 3005/28/2021

[quote]I thought it was a trans woman

Definitely looked like a trans woman.

[quote]In the opening shot, is his T-shirt belted under his blazer?

Definitely looked like he had a tiny belt around the t-shirt.

And no one has commented on the pink socks! So early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 3105/28/2021

Can one of you gays come slap these older women obsessing over him?

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by Anonymousreply 3205/28/2021

On repeat

by Anonymousreply 3305/28/2021

im so glad i never saw the video for this....i dont listen to lyrics much so it never bothered me...i love the song so much i actually turned the music off so it doesnt ruin the song for me. it surprisingly distasteful.

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by Anonymousreply 3405/28/2021

"You're sixteen, you're jailbait, and I'm doing time".

by Anonymousreply 3505/28/2021

Love this song. Wouldn’t say it’s forgotten though, at least not by those who turned on a radio in the early 80s.

by Anonymousreply 3605/28/2021

I thought y'all were talking about Steal Away (Into the Night) at first.

by Anonymousreply 3705/28/2021

He’s literally gasping during the crescendo of the song, as if he’s singing passionately from a real experience that he had.

by Anonymousreply 3805/28/2021

"Forgotten"?! It's played six times a day on all the Adult Contemporary stations!

by Anonymousreply 3905/28/2021

Wow R5, that was amazing. He was really a talented singer.

by Anonymousreply 4005/28/2021

Another be from the pervy vaults...

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by Anonymousreply 4105/28/2021

^ Another *one*

by Anonymousreply 4205/28/2021

I love this song but yeah that video is cringey.

by Anonymousreply 4305/28/2021

The comments under the YouTube video used to be hilarious. The video always gave me the creeps though. LOL at him staring in her window with the creeper van in the background.

by Anonymousreply 4405/28/2021

Gary Puckett and the Union Gap sang about a similar topic but showed some restraint with "Young Girl."

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by Anonymousreply 4505/28/2021

Look, let’s be real, a lot of older men like fresh young meat, straight and gay.

by Anonymousreply 4605/28/2021

Which one of you did this?

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by Anonymousreply 4705/28/2021

Thanks OP. I had never heard this song before. The chorus is sublime, rest of the song ok.

by Anonymousreply 4805/28/2021
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by Anonymousreply 4905/28/2021

If I Could Fly, I’d pick you up!

by Anonymousreply 5006/09/2021

Little Bitty Pretty One is gross as shit too. Especially considering it was in every kid's movie trailer for awhile

by Anonymousreply 5106/09/2021

Was this a young Jeffrey Epstein?

by Anonymousreply 5206/09/2021

Ha! I remember this song. Heard almost every friggin' morning while getting dressed for junior high. Good times.

by Anonymousreply 5306/09/2021

She was 16?! Hard pass, too old.

by Anonymousreply 5406/09/2021

Yeah, 16. Yuck. Might as well be 60.

by Anonymousreply 5506/09/2021

And even worse, Bryan. She was a girl with a vagina!

by Anonymousreply 5606/09/2021

A vagina? Yuck to whatever that is

by Anonymousreply 5706/09/2021

I think it's a heart condition.

by Anonymousreply 5806/09/2021

he looks like a serial killer

by Anonymousreply 5906/09/2021

It was 1980. We all did.

by Anonymousreply 6006/10/2021

[quote] A song by a then 34 year old man about wanting to fuck a 16 year old.

🎼🎼“Se-pa-RATED by FOOLS, who don’t know what love is yeeeeeet...”🎼🎼🎼

by Anonymousreply 6106/10/2021

[quote]Anyways

by Anonymousreply 6206/10/2021

OMG, my eyes welled up watching this. I had no idea ... .

I bought the album back in '80 and still have it somewhere ion this house.

Time sure flies.

RIP Benny.

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by Anonymousreply 6306/10/2021

He loved the crowd that came to see him and they loved him back.

They knew all the words and helped him sing.

by Anonymousreply 6406/10/2021

OMG R63 now I’m crying!! 😭😭😭

by Anonymousreply 6506/10/2021

R63 That was heartbreaking.

by Anonymousreply 6606/10/2021

He sure got a lot of mileage out of one song. Has any one-hot-wonder done as well? TWO runs on the charts? Impressive.

by Anonymousreply 6706/10/2021

This Chilean cover band's lead singer is phenomenal.

He nails it.

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by Anonymousreply 6806/11/2021

this song (and Mardones' performance) is just so fucking awesome. The age of the girl never occurred to me as a problem, i guess i didn't think of him as much older. It was before MTV so the song had a video but didnt get tons of airplay

by Anonymousreply 6906/11/2021

I can forgive the low budget video, I mean it was 1980 after all and music videos were a step above a high school A/V club production. The 1980 version went to #11 and the 1989 rerelease hit #20, and is a AC/yacht rock staple. Supposedly he was difficult to work with and hurt his career.

by Anonymousreply 7006/11/2021

Songfacts.com offers some history of the song:

"With the opening line, "She's just 16 years old, leave her alone, they said," we understand if you think this song sounds a little statutory. Benny Mardones told Songfacts that the 16-year-old girl he's singing about was named Heidi, and she lived in his apartment in Spanish Harlem. Their relationship was purely platonic, however, as Benny looked after Heidi and her family after her father left. Benny would pay her $50 a week to walk his basset hound, Zanky.

Mardones wrote this song with Robert Tepper, who would later write the song "No Easy Way Out" for the movie Rocky IV. Benny told Songfacts: "One night Robert Tepper and I were up writing songs. It was about a week before we were leaving for Miami to cut the first big album, which was Never Run, Never Hide. We thought that we already had the hit song, so did Polydor Records. It was a song called 'Might Have Been Love.' But at the last minute we're sitting there one night at my apartment trying to write. Bobby kept playing the chord changes and we tried 18 melodies and 30 kinds of lyrics and all of a sudden the key in the door turned and I said, 'Oh my God, it's daylight.' Because we liked to keep the blinds down.

And in she walks, 16 years old, dressed for school in a miniskirt, little stacked heels, adorable, 16-going-on-21. She said, 'You've been up all night?' and of course it was obvious. I said, 'Yeah, we have.' She says, 'Okay, come on, Zanky,' and she walks the dog out. When she leaves and goes out the door, my partner goes, 'Oh, my God.' I said, 'Hey, Bob. She's just 16 years old, leave her alone.' And literally five minutes later I said, 'Play that lick again, Bobby.' So he played the lick and I went (singing), 'she's just 16 years old, leave her alone, they say.' Then I thought about her dad and what he had done, and that's where I got (singing), 'Separated by fools who don't know what love is yet.' The chorus was, 'you're too young for me, but if I could fly, I'd pick you up and take you into the night and show you love like you've never seen.' Then the verse 'It's like having it all and letting it show. It's like having a dream where nobody has a heart. It's like having it all and watching it fall apart.' Because his success was not the family's success; it was just his. 'I can't measure my love there's nothing compared to it' - it was all about the abandonment of this family and this 16-year-old girl."

While the song has stuck like glue to radio playlists, when it first came out, radio stations had some concerns. Benny explains: "When it first was released, R&B stations all over America thought I was black. Then they found out I was white and they dropped the record. White radio was afraid to touch it because they thought it was about me dating a 16-year-old girl at my age. So Polydor Records sent out like 3,000 letters to radio stations across the country explaining what the song was really about. And the song got added and almost instantly started playing all over America."

When this song became a hit, Benny Mardones suddenly found himself with a great deal of money and fame, which he didn't handle very well. He developed a cocaine addiction and got in the habit of drinking a bottle of whiskey every night. He recorded the album Too Much To Lose the next year, but when it came time to tour and promote it, he was in Miami, wasted out of his mind. His momentum was stopped cold and his record company, Polydor, lost interest. He continued his descent until 1985, when his son Michael was born and he stopped using drugs. His best friend pulled him together and flew him to Syracuse, where Benny started a new life away from the temptations of Miami. The only white stuff he saw was snow - and plenty of it. Benny became a local celebrity, met various women who helped raise his son (Michael's mom was in worse shape than Benny), and was a big concert draw in the area for the next 10 years.

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by Anonymousreply 7106/11/2021

Here’s an interview where he talks again about how he created the song with Robert Tepper. He also mentions being hurt that he was never invited to sing at various musical gathering events in the ‘80s (Live Aid, We Are The World, etc.). He gets emotional at the end when talking about his life and how he hopes he made a difference with the song. 😢

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