By 1985, actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, then 24, was one of the world's hottest stars, thanks to a string of blockbuster films and his run on Saturday Night Live. Looking back, it seems unsurprising that Murphy sought to conquer music, too, with his debut single "Party All the Time," written and produced by Rick James. But Murphy's ambitions ruffled feathers in the music biz at the time. In the Dec. 21, 1985 Billboard, R&B columnist Nelson George wrote that there were "lots of derisive comments aimed at the project.

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