Truly (song)

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This article is about the Lionel Richie song. For the rock band of the same name, see 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"
"You Are"

"Truly" is the title of the debut solo single by singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. 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, behind Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing". 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 music video, Lionel Richie performs the song live on 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 "Truly" in March 1998 which reached the top 30 on the UK Singles Chart. While Houghton's cover of "Wind Beneath My Wings" was called lean, his cover of "Truly" is heavily influenced by pop music. 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]

Use in media[edit]

  • The song was also used in the Philippine film I'll Wait for You released by Regal Entertainment in 1982, which was shot in both Manila and San Francisco.

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 - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Music video in". 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-27. 
  5. ^ "- Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 

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