Released in mid-1980, this polished song caught the tail end of the disco era. This is unabashed flash and glitz that producer Quincy Jones was becoming famous for. For Benson, Jones didn't stray too far from his late-'70s, early-'80s hitmaking recipe. This track is almost defiantly lush. Sonically, Jones put an echo on Benson's guitar riffs on this track and throughout "Give Me the Night." That gives this almost three-dimensional sound. Patti Austin is heard throughout doing scat vocals through the verses. Speaking of vocals, this is arguably one of Benson's most natural and non-ingratiating performances. Surprisingly, guitarist Lee Ritenour also appears on this track and it's hard to discern where all of the good riffs come from. Like many of the dance songs of the era, this too is subtly romantic and mature. Rod Temperton, the song's writer, had also done similar work for Michael Jackson's Off the Wall and Rufus and Chaka's Masterjam. Bassist Abraham Labroiel and drummer John Robinson provide the cushy rhythm here. "Give Me the Night" is one of those few songs that actually might make a listener feel better for that 4:58.