This was Richie's first solo single after leaving the Commodores earlier in the year. With that group, he wrote and sang on a number of hits, including "Three Times A Lady
" and "Still
." While still with the group, he wrote and produced the Kenny Rogers #1 hit "Lady
" and also the smash duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love
"Truly" stayed in his sweet spot of devotional ballads, and again he rose to the top: the song hit #1 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, and rose to #2 R&B.