Truly (song)

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Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Lionel Richie
B-side "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"
Released September 1982
Format 7" (45 rpm)
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop
Length 3:26
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Endless Love"
"You Are"

"Truly" is the title of the debut solo single by singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1982 (see 1982 in music). Resuming where he left off with D-flat major tunes "Sail On" and particularly "Still" when he was lead for the Commodores, Richie wrote the song and co-produced it with James Anthony Carmichael.

Released as the first single from his self-titled debut album in 1982, "Truly" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 on 9 October 1982 and climbed to No. 1 on 27 November - 4 December 1982.[1] It also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart[2] and logged nine weeks at No. 2 on the R&B chart. In addition, "Truly" made the Top 10 in United Kingdom, where the song peaked at No. 6.[3] The song won a Grammy Award for Richie in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Music video[edit]

In the treatment of the music video, Lionel Richie offers a live performance, the song with a piano.[4]

Track listing[edit]

7" single
  1. "Truly"
  2. "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"


Chart (1982/83) Peak
New Zealand Singles Chart 21
UK Singles Chart 6
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Black Singles 2
Preceded by
"Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 27, 1982 – December 4, 1982
Succeeded by
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
Preceded by
"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
December 18, 1982
Succeeded by
"Mickey" by Toni Basil

Steven Houghton version[edit]

Single by Steven Houghton
from the album Steven Houghton
Released March 6, 1998
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop
Length 3:20
Label Bertelsmann Music Group
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Steven Houghton
Steven Houghton singles chronology
"Wind Beneath My Wings"

British singer and actor Steven Houghton released a cover version of the same single in March 1998 which reached the Top-30 on the UK pop chart. Unlike the cover of the song Wind Beneath My Wings was this cover of the songs truly successful lean, it is also very pop-heavy. The song was played in the series 10 finale of London's Burning.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD Single

  1. Truly 3:20
  2. Wind Beneath My Wings 4:30


Chart (1998) Peak
UK Singles Chart 23

Other cover versions[edit]

Song Featured[edit]

  • The song was also used in the Filipino movie I'll Wait For You released by Regal Entertainment in 1982 shot entirely both in Manila & San Francsico, California.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1991). The Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Eighties (9 October 1982 - 5 February 1983). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-079-2. 
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Lionel Richie UK chart info Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Music video in". 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ Steven Houghton UK chart info Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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