"Shadows of the Night" is a song released by American rock singer Pat Benatar. It was first released in 1981 then came out in September 1982 as the lead single from her fourth studio album, Get Nervous.
D.L. Byron composed the song explicitly for the 1980 film Times Square, which tells the story of two young runaways in New York City, but it did not make it into the movie and Byron's own record label rejected it, claiming the song "wasn't commercial enough." Prior to Benatar's version, the song was released as a single by Helen Schneider in 1981 from her album Schneider with the Kick. According to Byron, Schneider's version went 5 times Platinum in Germany and the Benelux countries.
The song was also recorded by singer Rachel Sweet for her 1981 album ...And Then He Kissed Me. In an interview with Byron, he described how Sweet received permission from him to change some of the lyrics.
The song was a huge hit, peaking at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #3 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.
"Shadows of the Night" garnered Benatar her third Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in 1983.
There have been several cover versions of the song over the years. In 1983, the Rachel Sweet version was covered by singer-songwriter Randy VanWarmer on his 1983 album The Things That You Dream.
In 2005, the song was included as a musical number medley with the Quarterflash song "Harden My Heart" in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages. In the 2012 film adaptation of Rock of Ages, the song is performed by Mary J. Blige.
In 2008, the song was covered by Ashley Tisdale for the soundtrack of the TV film Picture This. That same year, another cover by Paul Layton was included on the soundtrack of the independent zombie comedy movie Dance of the Dead.
|"Shadows of the Night"|
|Single by Pat Benatar|
|from the album Get Nervous|
|Released||September 18, 1982|
|Format||Vinyl record (7")|
|Recorded||June 18, 1982|
3:43 (single edit)
|Producer(s)||Peter Coleman, Neil Giraldo|
|Pat Benatar singles chronology|
The video to the song centers around Benatar as a riveter dreaming about being a flying ace who helps fighting Nazis in World War II. It features Judge Reinhold as a pilot and Bill Paxton as Nazi radio operator.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||19|
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||12|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||32|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||50|
|US Billboard Hot 100||13|
|US Billboard Top Rock Tracks||3|