Sunday 5/2/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)

Dancing on the Ceiling is the third solo studio album by American singer Lionel Richie, released on August 5, 1986. The album was originally to be titled Say You, Say Me, after the Academy Award-winning track of the same name, but it was renamed to a different track’s title after Richie rewrote several songs on the album. The album was released to generally positive reviews and it made No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 4 million copies. Following this album’s release, Richie went on a long hiatus, not releasing an album of entirely new material for another ten years.

  1. Dancing on the Ceiling” 4:30
  2. “Se La” 5:22
  3. “Ballerina Girl” 3:38
  4. “Don’t Stop” 7:43
  5. “Deep River Woman” 4:35
  6. “Love Will Conquer All” 5:40
  7. “Tonight Will Be Alright” 5:06
  8. “Say You, Say Me” 4:00
  9. “Night Train (Smooth Alligator)” 4:59
  10. “Dancing on the Ceiling” (12-inch version) 7:10

Lionel Richie – lead vocals (1–9), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), vocal arrangements (1–8), choir arrangements (2), arrangements (4), drum machine (6), keyboards (7, 8)
John Barnes – acoustic piano (1), synthesizers (4), Synclavier (4), arrangements (4)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (1, 2, 3, 5–9)
Carlos Rios – synthesizers (1), guitar (1, 2, 7), rhythm arrangements (1), acoustic guitar (8)
Steve MacMillan – door creek effects (1)
Ken Caillat – sound effects (1)
Tom Jones – sound effects (1)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (2, 5, 7, 8), synthesizers (2, 6), drum machine (2, 6), rhythm arrangements (2, 6), Minimoog bass (8)
Michael Lang – keyboards (3)
Neil Larsen – keyboards (3)
Preston Glass – synthesizers (9)
Cory Lerios – synthesizers (9)
Tim May – guitar (3, 5, 7, 8)
Charles Fearing – guitar (4)
Louis Shelton – guitar (4)
Eric Clapton – guitar solo (7)
Steve Lukather – guitar (8)

Vernon “Ice” Black – guitar solo (9)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass guitar (1)
Nathan East – bass guitar (2, 3)
Joe Chemay – bass guitar (5, 7)
Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (8)
Randy Jackson – bass guitar (9)
John Robinson – drums (1, 8)
Paul Leim – drums (2, 3, 5, 7), drum machine (8), additional drums (9)
Narada Michael Walden – drums (9), drum programming (9), arrangements (9), vocal arrangements (9)
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (2, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Sheila E. – percussion (4)
James Anthony Carmichael – horn arrangements (1, 7), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), string arrangements (3, 5, 8)
Maxi Anderson (Tracks 1, 2)
Billie Barnum (Tracks 1, 2)
Melinda Chatman (Tracks 1, 2)

David Cochrane (Tracks 1, 2)
Kevin Dorsey (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Jackson (Tracks 1, 2)
Marlena Jeter (Tracks 1, 2)
Fred Law (Tracks 1, 2)
Janice Marie (Tracks 1, 2)
Rick Nelson (Tracks 1, 2)
Brenda Richie (Tracks 1, 2)
Anita Sherman (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Siegel (Tracks 1, 2)
Alfie Silas (Tracks 1, 2)
Phyllis St. James (Tracks 1, 2)
Stephanie Taylor (Tracks 1, 2)
Deborah Thomas (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Carmen Twillie (Tracks 1, 2)
Julia Waters Tillman (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Maxine Waters Willard (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Leslie Smith (Track 2)
Lionel Richie (Track 4)
Suzee Wendy Ikeda (Track 4)
Marva King (Tracks 4, 6, 9)
Alabama (Track 5)
Richard Marx (Track 7)
Kitty Beethoven (Track 9)
Jennifer Hall (Track 9)

Hoopa Hollers on “Dancing on the Ceiling”:
James Anthony Carmichael
David Egerton
Wayne Hargrave
Linda Jenner
Steve MacMillan
Greg Phillinganes
Kathi Pogoda
Cheryl Pyle
Carlos Rios
Maximo Rios
Dave Rosen
Kelly Ryan
Wibert Terrell