Lionel richie hello lyrics

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  • I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
    And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
    I sometimes see you pass outside my door
    Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
    I can see it in your eyes
    I can see it in your smile
    You’re all I’ve ever wanted, and my arms are open wide
    ‘Cause you know just what to say
    And you know just what to do
    And I want to tell you so much, I love you
    I long to see the sunlight in your hair
    And tell you time and time again how much I care
    Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
    Hello, I’ve just got to let you know
    ‘Cause I wonder where you are
    And I wonder what you do
    Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you?
    Tell me how to win your heart
    For I haven’t got a clue
    But let me start by saying, I love you
    Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
    ‘Cause I wonder where you are
    And I wonder what you do
    Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
    Tell me how to win your heart
    For I haven’t got a clue
    But let me start by saying I love youWriter/s: Lionel B. Jr. Richie
    Publisher: Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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About Hello

“Hello” is a song by Lionel Richie. Taken as the third single from his second solo album Can’t Slow Down (1983), the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (for two weeks), the R&B chart (for three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (for six weeks). The song also went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks. The song later inspired a lawsuit by songwriter Marjorie Hoffman White, who accused Richie of plagiarizing her composition “I’m Not Ready to Go”. more “

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I’ve been alone with you inside my mind And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times I sometimes see you pass outside my door Hello, is it me you’re looking for? I can see it in your eyes I can see it in your smile You’re all I’ve ever wanted, and my arms are open wide ‘Cause you know just what to say And you know just what to do And I want to tell you so much, I love you I long to see the sunlight in your hair And tell you time and time again how much I care Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow Hello, I’ve just got to let you know ‘Cause I wonder where you are And I wonder what you do Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you? Tell me how to win your heart For I haven’t got a clue But let me start by saying, I love you Hello, is it me you’re looking for? ‘Cause I wonder where you are And I wonder what you do Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you? Tell me how to win your heart For I haven’t got a clue But let me start by saying I love you I love you, I love you Hello, hello Oh hello, hello Is it me you’re looking for? Is it me, is it me, is it me, is it me Is it me you’re looking for? Is it me, is it me (hello, hello)

Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit “Truly”. more “

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Written by: Lionel B. Jr. Richie

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The Story of… ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie

23 May 2019, 16:54

Picture: YouTube/Motown

By Tom Eames

Lionel Richie’s most famous song is also one of the greatest ballads of all time.

Read more: Lionel Richie’s 10 greatest ever songs

It’s impossible not to think of Lionel’s clay head when hearing those opening bars, but what inspired the song and what happened to the girl in the music video?

Here’s all the important and interesting facts about the classic love song:

  1. Who wrote ‘Hello’ by Lionel Richie?

    Lionel Richie and wife Brenda Harvey in 1984. Picture: Getty

    Lionel Richie wrote the ballad, and included it on his 1984 album Can’t Slow Down.

    He also co-produced it with his longtime Motown colleague James Anthony Carmichael.

    He had actually written it for his first solo album, but decided to leave it off.

    Thankfully, his then-wife Brenda loved the song, and convinced him to include it on his second album.

  2. What inspired ‘Hello’?

    When Lionel was young, he often saw beautiful women walk past him, but was far too shy to talk to them.

    He explained that he thought to himself, ‘Hello, is it me you’re looking for’.

    Years later, he started to write a song using the same phrase, but gave up after suffering from writer’s block.

    “My co-producer came over to my house while I was at the piano, and I sang, ‘Hello, is it me you’re looking for?’ when he walked in. He said, ‘Finish it,’ even though it wasn’t a song,” Lionel told radio station Z955.

    “I thought it was so corny, but he said it’d be a hit – and it was.”

    However, his record producer liked the line enough, and urged him to finish it.

  3. Its music video became rather iconic

    In the video, Lionel Richie plays a teacher, Mr Reynolds, who falls in love with a blind pottery student, Laura.

    During the video, he finds that she has made a ‘perfect’ clay model of his head.

    While making the video, Lionel told director Bob Giraldi that the story about a blind woman had no connection to the song. However, Giraldi replied: “You’re not creating the story, I am.”

    Sadly, the video was voted the ‘worst music video of all time’ in a poll of 8,000 music fans by UK TV music channel The Box.

    Giraldi, who also directed Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’, defended it, by saying: “I came up with the idea of a blind girl and Lionel as a teacher. ‘Hello’ is one of the top videos ever.”

    Giraldi added that Lionel didn’t think the bust looked like him enough, until Giraldi pointed out that the girl making it was supposed to be blind. Good point.

  4. Who played the blind girl and where is she now?

    Laura Carrington in 1985. Picture: Getty

    The girl who played the blind student was a 26-year-old fully sighted actress named Laura Carrington.

    She also played Dr Simone Ravelle Hardy on General Hospital in the late 1980s, but has largely been inactive in the acting world since the early 1990s.

    She has been married for over 25 years to renowned photographer Anthony Barboza.

    They have three children: Danica Barboza, Alexio Barboza and Lien Barboza.

  5. How did it perform in the charts?

    The song is one of Lionel Richie’s most successful songs, topping the charts in 9 countries including the UK and US.

  6. Lionel was accused of copying the song

    In 1984, the songwriter Marjorie White sued Lionel Richie, claiming that ‘Hello’ was based on her 1978 song, ‘I’m Not Ready To Go’.

    However, he won the court case.

  7. Don’t quote the chorus at him

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    If you ever happen to bump into Lionel, please don’t blurt out: “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?”

    The singer has said that he hears this line pretty much every day – not just on the phone, but anywhere he goes.

  • Recorded at Ocean Way Studios in Los Angeles, this was the second #1 song from Richie’s second solo album after leaving the Commodores. Can’t Slow Down won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year, and is the biggest-selling album in the history of Motown Records. Suggestion credit:
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  • When he was young, Richie watched beautiful women walk past but was too shy to talk to them. He thought to himself, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for.” Years later he started to write a song using the phrase but got stuck and gave up, but his record producer liked the line and urged him to finish it.
  • Richie had this song written for his first solo album, but he left it off. His wife Brenda loved the song, and insisted he include it on his second album, Can’t Slow Down.
  • In 1984, the songwriter Marjorie White sued Lionel Richie, claiming that “Hello” was based on her 1978 song, “I’m Not Ready To Go.”
  • When you think of Motown, you probably think of Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, but Lionel Richie was also one of their biggest stars, and “Hello” was one of their biggest hits, especially in Britain. It was Motown’s first ever UK million selling single.
  • The song was promoted with a much derided video which included dialogue. Lionel Richie plays a teacher, Mr. Reynolds, who falls in love with a blind pottery student, Laura. When he looks in at her class, he finds that she has made a perfect clay model of his head. During the making of the video, Richie protested to the director Bob Giraldi that the story about the blind woman had no relationship to the song. Giraldi replied to him, “You’re not creating the story, I am.”
    The video was voted the worst music video of all time in a poll of 8,000 music fans by UK TV music channel The Box, but Giraldi, who also directed Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” stands by it. He’s quoted in the book I Want My MTV as saying, “I came up with the idea of a blind girl and Lionel as a teacher. ‘Hello’ is one of the top videos ever.” Giraldi adds that Richie was concerned that the bust didn’t look like him, until Giraldi pointed out that the girl making it was supposed to be blind.
  • The girl who played the blind sculptress in the video was a 26-year-old fully sighted aspiring actress named Laura Carrington. She played Dr. Simone Ravelle Hardy #1 on General Hospital in the late 1980s.
  • This was featured in the 2005 movie The 40 Year Old Virgin. It was used in a scene when Andy receives a collection of dirty movies.
  • Richie played the piano on this track. Other musicians who played on it include Darrell Jones and Tim May on guitars, Paul Leim on drums, and Joe Chemay on bass.
  • If you ever encounter Richie, please resist the urge to say, “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” The singer says that he hears this line constantly – not just on the phone, but pretty much anywhere he goes.

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DAY & DATE: Number One in the U.K. on Monday, March 26, 1984.

SONGWRITER: Lionel Richie.

PRODUCERS: Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael.

BACKSTORY: Welcome to one of those occasions where a Motown record was a bigger hit – and first – in Britain than in America. “Hello” spent – count ’em – six weeks at the top of the U.K. charts as winter turned to spring in 1984. In the U.S., the record held the summit for two weeks in May. Not that Lionel Richie’s countrymen and women failed to show him the love: every one of the five 45s from his second album, Can’t Slow Down, reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, “Hello” among them.

“I tape my idea with just the piano,” explained Richie in the liner notes of the 2003 deluxe edition of Can’t Slow Down. “Then Carmichael takes that tape and says, ‘Meet me at the studio.’ He puts the rhythm and the music around that piano. His job is to make it sound like a ‘record’ without destroying the innocence or sensitivity of the original thought.” Richie is referring to record producer James Anthony Carmichael; the two of them began working together when Richie was in the Commodores at Motown in the 1970s. “My mission is to help reach his destination,” said the producer in his Can’t Slow Down comments.

Carmichael added, “I loved ‘Hello.’ It was a monster hit. But Lionel didn’t want to finish it. I had to beg him. After I did my part on it, it was my turn to hate the song.” In fact, that song was originally written for Richie’s first solo album, but the singer and his producer decided to omit it – despite the objections of Richie’s then-wife Brenda and his creative assistant, Rita Leigh. “We thought it had tremendous potential,” Leigh told Lionel biographer Roberta Plutzik, “and we thought ‘You Are’ was the one to drop. Of course, that song turned out to be a hit, too.”

“Hello” had another asset: a mini-drama promotional video directed by Bob Giraldi, who had been previously responsible for videos by Michael Jackson (“Beat It”) and Richie himself (“Running With The Night”), among others. In this, the storyline featured Lionel as a teacher, lecturing to a class, which includes a young, blind student, played by Laura Carrington. The video was a major success on MTV, helping to boost sales of “Hello” and Can’t Slow Down.

REMAKES: For a song so strongly identified with its original writer/performer, “Hello” has attracted a significant number of cover versions. Actress, singer and Grammy-winning composer Zooey Deschanel was one: her “Hello” was heard in the movie soundtrack of 2016 animated comedy Trolls. Easy listening stars drawn to the song included Paul Anka, Shirley Bassey and Gloria Lynne. The old-school actor Howard Keel baritoned it and another Richie tune, “Lady,” on his Just For You album. Likewise, Luther Vandross cut “Hello” and Richie’s “Endless Love” for his 1994 album, Songs. Lionel himself revisited the hit on his 2012 album, Tuskegee, pairing up with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.

FOOTNOTE: “Hello – is it beer you’re looking for?” It was only a matter of time before Lionel’s song was spoofed, but it’s to the superstar’s credit that he did the spoofing. Lion Breweries of Australia created a TV commercial in 2013 for its home draft-beer dispenser, Tap King, and persuaded Richie to appear in it. The one-minute spot featured a thirsty man searching for satisfaction in his fridge, in which Lionel appears, singing “Hello” and sampling the delights of Tap King. It was filmed on a custom-built set in Los Angeles, but presumably Lionel gets free beer every time he travels Down Under.

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Lionel Richie and CeeLo Green are touring together. At first glance it seems odd, a Dungeon Family affiliate splitting time with someone I always picture wearing a turtleneck.

But here we are — the tour is real and we must confront the idea enough to decide whether or not to buy a ticket. And actually I think I will; there are just so many grooves involved. Lionel and CeeLo just announced a Dallas date (“date” has never felt more appropriate) — it’s on July 11. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. via LiveNation. I told our esteemed web editor/weather shouter Gavin Cleaver about this. He laughed and asked me if I’d ever seen the “Hello” video. I have not. So we watched it together:

Gavin Cleaver: I mean, what? Is this some sort of set-up for a 1980s crime movie? Why is Lionel’s jacket so pink? WHAT IS IN THAT BOOK?!

Kiernan Maletsky: Why is Lionel sad? Is it because barely anyone signed up for his class on perms?

GC: I feel like he is really upset about the Brooklyn Dodgers, though. I suspect he’s not even the lecturer. His jacket is just so outlandish that he commands respect among the students.

KM: Maybe he’s Billy Boy’s parole officer. Also, some quick math reveals that the time between Eisenhower’s presidency and this video is roughly equivalent to the time between this video and now.

If they shot a remake, the line would have to be, “When you went to prison, Lionel Richie was still a sex symbol.”

GC: Was he, though? The thought is terrifying.

KM: I think so. The ’80s were a different, more shoulder-padded time.

GC: So it turns out this is some sort of improv class, that is conducted by people who absolutely need acting lessons, while Lionel Richie watches them from a piano, pink jacket sleeves rolled up.

At least the keyboard hook has started.

KM: I have nothing to add. This setup could have been accomplished in 10 seconds.

GC: This setup could have been skipped entirely, and I would have had more respect for the video. Imagine your lecturer bursts out into song while you’re trying to act?

KM: In this case it feels like mercy.

GC: How better to establish someone is blind than by footage of someone just handing them a white pole? I mean, she’s blind, Lionel, not deaf. If you want be all longing about it, you’ll probably need to try mime instead.

KM: Also, there’s a reason Van Halen didn’t write a song called “Hot for Student” and that reason is felonies.

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GC: What’s your play here, Lionel? I know the ’80s were a different time, when pink jackets were acceptable (as was the music of Lionel Richie) but it doesn’t look great that you’re singing imagined love songs to one of your students. You’re meant to be analyzing her acting skills. So she learns. Tuition is expensive.

KM: Not when the class is improv after hours at the local high school. Or, you know, based on the lockers, the bells and the 30-year-old actor in the backward cap, this is actually just high school. Definitely a felony.

GC: So, Lionel’s seduction technique becomes clear – hang out in places a blind person wouldn’t expect you to be, and stare at them.

KM: I do love this song, though.

GC: Holy shit we just got footage of a predator about to pounce. Lord knows what Laura’s group of friends saved her from there. But he was going straight for the hair, while singing about it. That’s dangerous behavior.

KM: Yeah, so Laura’s friends are just gonna ignore the fact that when they walked up to sit with their blind friend at lunch a teacher with a bushy mustache was a few inches away from running his fingers through her hair.

GC: “Hi Laura!” not, “Laura, did you know a man with a face like a horse was just inches from your hair?”

GC: Let’s tackle the nub of this whole song. If she was looking for Lionel Richie, would she have found him already? Or is the fact that she can’t see the reason she can’t find him? Is she thinking to herself “I wish I could see, so I could find Lionel Richie, the man I’m looking for” the entire time?

KM: Though as you pointed out, presumably she’s not deaf since her friends talked to her normally. So you’d think the singing would really lead her straight to him.

GC: “Why is there a man singing a mega-hit pop song in EVERY ROOM I GO TO?”

KM: “I bet he’s got a cool haircut.”

GC: Oh my God why have we gone back to the acting? Did we need to turn down the song to witness the magnificence and meaningfulness of that short piece of wooden drama?

“The thing Lionel loves most about this lady is that she cannot act to save her life,” thinks the video director.

KM: Whereas Lionel is totally convincing as the drama teacher who is hopelessly in love with his student. So much so, in fact, that he has broken into her house, watched her shower and followed her into bed.

GC: “When Richies Attack”

KM: I stand corrected. He’s merely calling his students at home and serenading them.

GC: How much do you think Lionel Richie has hated having to answer the phone for the last thirty years? If I knew Lionel Richie, every time he answered the phone to me with a friendly, “Hello?” I would bellow, “IS IT MEEEE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?” We probably wouldn’t be friends for long.

KM: That guitar solo is the sound of a rack of sensible women’s clothing at Mervyn’s (RIP).

GC: It’s like a warm bath, in a room that smells of lavender, only you’re being stalked by Lionel Richie and you have no fucking clue he’s just standing there, staring at you, because you’re blind.

KM: I’m losing the narrative a little. Does the phone call come after the acting class? Is this scene where he’s alone at the piano before all that? Did he write a song to share his feelings and then practice it by following her around all day singing it to her?

GC “Mr. Reynolds. There’s something going on in sculpture class. I think you should see it” is a sentence no one in human history had ever said before.

KM: And “Mr. Reynolds” better be the school psychologist, given that a student has just hand sculpted a bust of her teacher.

GC: But no. It turns out that “thing” was an impossibly bad rendition of Lionel “Reynolds” face, with a chin that could be used to bludgeon wildlife to death.

KM: Wait. wait. wait. HOW DOES SHE KNOW WHAT HIS FACE LOOKS LIKE?

GC: OH MY GOD

SHE COULD SEE THE WHOLE TIME

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Hello Lyrics

I’ve been alone with you inside my mind
And in my dreams I’ve kissed your lips a thousand times
I sometimes see you pass outside my door
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
I can see it in your eyes
I can see it in your smile
You’re all I’ve ever wanted, (and) my arms are open wide
‘Cause you know just what to say
And you know just what to do
And I want to tell you so much, I love you …
I long to see the sunlight in your hair
And tell you time and time again how much I care
Sometimes I feel my heart will overflow
Hello, I’ve just got to let you know
‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely, or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying, I love you …
Hello, is it me you’re looking for?
‘Cause I wonder where you are
And I wonder what you do
Are you somewhere feeling lonely or is someone loving you?
Tell me how to win your heart
For I haven’t got a clue
But let me start by saying … I love you