Truly (song)

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"Truly"
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"
(1981)
"Truly"
(1982)
"You Are"
(1982)

"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"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982/83) Peak
position
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]

"Truly"
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"
(1997)
"Truly"
(1998)

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
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]

References[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 Chartstats.com. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ "Music video in MyVideo.com". Myvideo.de. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ Steven Houghton UK chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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