|Single by Lionel Richie|
|from the album Lionel Richie|
|B-side||"Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, adult contemporary|
|Producer(s)||Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael|
|Lionel Richie singles chronology|
"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. It also spent four weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart 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. The song won a Grammy Award for Richie in the category Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
In the music video, Lionel Richie performs the song live on a piano.
- 7" single
- "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"
|New Zealand Singles Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||1|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
|US Billboard Black Singles||2|
"Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 27, 1982 – December 4, 1982
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
"Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley
|Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
December 18, 1982
"Mickey" by Toni Basil
Steven Houghton version
|Single by Steven Houghton|
|from the album Steven Houghton|
|Released||March 6, 1998|
|Label||Bertelsmann Music Group|
|Steven Houghton singles chronology|
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.
- "Truly" – 3:20
- "Wind Beneath My Wings" – 4:30
|UK Singles Chart||23|
Other cover versions
Use in media
- 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.
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1982
- List of Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles of 1982
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1982 (U.S.)
- 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.
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
- "Lionel Richie - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Music video in MyVideo.com". Myvideo.de. 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
- "- Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.