Truly (song)

"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.

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Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Lionel Richie
B-side"Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"
ReleasedSeptember 1982
Format7" (45 rpm)
Songwriter(s)Lionel Richie
Producer(s)Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Endless Love"
"You Are"

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 videoEdit

In the music video, Lionel Richie performs the song live on a piano.[4]

Track listingEdit

7" single
  1. "Truly"
  2. "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"


Chart (1982-83) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 21
South Africa (Springbok)[8] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 6
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[12] 2
Year-end chart (1983) Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[13] 47


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Steven Houghton versionEdit

Single by Steven Houghton
from the album Steven Houghton
ReleasedMarch 6, 1998
LabelBertelsmann Music Group
Songwriter(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.[15]

Track listingEdit

CD single

  1. "Truly" – 3:20
  2. "Wind Beneath My Wings" – 4:30


Chart (1998) Peak
UK Singles Chart 23

Other cover versionsEdit

Use in mediaEdit

  • 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 alsoEdit


  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. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3936." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Truly". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Lionel Richie – Truly". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Lionel Richie: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  11. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  12. ^ "Lionel Richie Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  13. ^ "Talent Almanac 1984: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. Vol. 95 no. 52. December 24, 1983. p. TA-18.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Lionel Richie – Truly". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ "Steven Houghton - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January 2016.

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