There is a song called “Still of the Night” by the English band Whitesnake. From their self-titled 1987 album, it was released as their first single. The song reached #16 in the UK, #18 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks in the US, and #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it was released on 9 March 1987.
Lead singer David Coverdale and guitarist John Sykes wrote the song, which proved to be one of the group’s most popular songs. Whitesnake’s current lineup and John Sykes play the song live as their encore.
Coverdale commented on the song’s origins in an interview with Metal Hammer in 2009:
When my mother died I was going through the stuff at her house and found some early demo cassettes. One of them was a song that Ritchie Blackmore and I had been working on which was the basic premise of what would become “Still of the Night”. It was totally unrecognizable, so Ritchie doesn’t have anything to worry about… neither do I! Ha ha ha! I took it as far as I could then I gave it to Sykesy when we were in the south of France, and he put the big guitar hero stuff on there. John hated blues so I had to work within those parameters. I manipulated to be electric blues, but how he performed it was fabulous for his time and relatively unique because of the songs. There were a lot of people doing that widdly stuff but they didn’t have the quality of those songs.https://www.loudersound.com/features/whitesnake-the-story-behind-1987
The music video was directed by Marty Callner. Originally, Claudia Schiffer was slated to play the female role of the “Whitesnake woman,” but the night before the shoot, the plan was scrapped. Callner called Coverdale to discuss changes on the story boards, but because of Tawny Kitaen’s attractiveness, she was chosen for the role. Coverdale designed a part of the video’s set design inspired by Elvis Presley’s movie Jailhouse Rock, but”it’s like much more idealized prison cells, but this was done with a big full moon. And the band was fantastic – they sold the song brilliantly”.
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