Hello (Lionel Richie song)

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"Hello"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Can't Slow Down
B-side "You Mean More to Me"
Released February 13, 1984 (1984-02-13)
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:11
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s)
  • Lionel Richie
  • James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Running with the Night"
(1983)
"Hello"
(1984)
"Stuck on You"
(1984)

"Hello" is a song by Lionel Richie. Taken as the third single from Richie's multi-platinum album Can't Slow Down, the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (for two weeks), the R&B chart (for three weeks),[1] and the adult contemporary chart (for six weeks). The song also went to number one in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

The song is memorable for the line "Hello, is it me you're looking for?". The guitar solo on the song was played by session guitarist Louis Shelton.

Composition[edit]

The song is written in the key of A minor. The verses follow the chord progression of Am9—Cmaj7/G—Fmaj7—C6/G—Fmaj7. The chorus features a Neapolitan chord (Bb).[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Bob Giraldi, features the story of Richie as a theater and acting teacher having a seemingly unrequited love for a blind student (Laura Carrington) until he discovers she shares the feeling as demonstrated by the discovery that she is sculpting a likeness of his head. The infamous bust used in the video, which bears little resemblance to Richie, has been ridiculed in popular culture.[4][5] Richie himself complained to the video's director, Bob Giraldi, that the bust did not look like him.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
Australian Kent Music Report 1
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Dutch Top 40 1
French Singles Chart 25
West German Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 1[7]
Norwegian Singles Chart 5
Swedish Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
U.S. Billboard Black Singles 1

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1986, The Shadows did an instrumental of the song on Moonlight Shadows.
  • In 1994, Luther Vandross covered the song on his album Songs.
  • Since 2010, Lissie has occasionally covered the song in her live performances.
  • In 2011, American bachata singer Berto La Voz covered the song which was released as the first single from his debut album Llego La Voz.[8] This version peaked at #11 on the Billboard Tropical Songs chart.[9]

Appearances and references in other media[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 492. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 434–5. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Unsupported Browser or Operating System". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/student-blindfolds-himself-bids-recreate-3592938
  5. ^ http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/dc9/2014/02/lionel_richie_hello_video.php?page=all
  6. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lionel-richie-on-hits-tour-gibberish-lyrics-and-the-legend-of-hello-20140529
  7. ^ Jaclyn Ward - Fireball Media Ltd. - http://www.fireballmedia.ie (October 1, 1962). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Llego La Voz - Berto La Voz". Allmusic. Rovi. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Latin Tropical Airplay 2011-12-31". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 17, 2011. Retrieved December 31, 2012. 
  10. ^ http://reelsoundtrack.wordpress.com/2010/05/30/shrek-forever-after-soundtrack
  11. ^ Unterberger, Andrew. "Sing Más: Talking to the Guys Behind the Taco Bell Ads with the Spanish-Translated Pop Songs". Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ Eamonn Duff (June 27, 2013). "Lionel Richie's cash splash in beer commercial". The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax Media). 

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Preceded by
"99 Red Balloons" by Nena
UK number one single
March 24, 1984
(for six weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Reflex" by Duran Duran