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"Truly" is the title of the debut solo single by singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1982. 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.


 [hide*1 Music video

Music video[edit]Edit

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

Track listing[edit]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]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]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]Edit

Song Featured[edit]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.

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