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"Penny Lover" is the title of the fifth and final single released from Lionel Richie's multi-platinum and Grammy Award-winning 1983 album, Can't Slow Down. The song was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie.

"Penny Lover"
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Can't Slow Down
B-side"Tell Me"
ReleasedSeptember 30. 1984
Format7" (45 rpm)
Length3:46 (single version)
5:35 (album version)
LabelMotown Records
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Brenda Harvey Richie
Producer(s)Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Stuck on You"
"Penny Lover"
"Say You, Say Me"

As with all the other singles taken from Can't Slow Down ("All Night Long (All Night)", "Running with the Night", "Hello" and "Stuck on You"), "Penny Lover" was a top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending two weeks at #8 in December 1984.[1] The song reached an identical #8 peak position on the Billboard R&B chart, while on the Billboard adult contemporary chart, the song logged four weeks at #1.[2] On the UK Singles Chart, the song reached #18.[3] In Canada in peaked at #12 on the RPM Singles chart.

In a song review printed in Billboard by an anonymous writer in 1984, "Penny Lover" was described as "another of his unfailingly effective universal-appeal ballads."[2]


Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Bob Giraldi, who had also directed "Running with the Night" and "Hello".

Track listingsEdit

7" Single

  1. "Penny Lover" - 3:46
  2. "Tell Me" - 4:06

12" Single

  1. "Penny Lover" - 5:33
  2. "You Are" - 5:03
  3. "My Love" - 4:05

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 529.
  2. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 288.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info from Retrieved 24 March 2009.

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