|Single by Lionel Richie|
|from the album Can't Slow Down|
|Released||September 30. 1984|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Length||3:46 (single version)
5:35 (album version)
Brenda Harvey Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
|Lionel Richie singles chronology|
"Penny Lover" is the title of the fifth and final single released from Lionel Richie's multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning 1983 album, Can't Slow Down. The song was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie.
As with all the other singles taken from Can't Slow Down ("All Night Long (All Night)", "Running with the Night", "Hello" and "Stuck on You"), "Penny Lover" was a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending two weeks at #8 in December 1984. The song reached an identical #8 peak position on the Billboard R&B chart, while on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, the song logged four weeks at #1. On the UK Singles Chart, the song reached #18.
In a song review printed in Billboard by an anonymous writer in 1984, "Penny Lover" was described as "another of his unfailingly effective universal-appeal ballads."
The music video was directed by Bob Giraldi, who had also directed "Running with the Night" and "Hello". At the beginning of the clip we see a nightclub, then goes out one man and two women close the door. When four women afflict is joined by Lionel Richie also performed with them and after a few moments of the song. Then he sits down at the piano, in cutscenes you see Richie with a woman and two cuddling each other. After the game on the piano, even a few people sing the song with, and in other cutscenes in the video we see Richie continues with the woman. During the performance of the song, Richie performs a walk in the club.
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