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‘You Are’ by Lionel Richie – Classic Hit or Miss

“You Are” is the title of a popular song from 1983 by the R&B singer-songwriter Lionel Richie. “You Are” was written by Richie and his then-wife, Brenda Harvey Richie. It appears on his self-titled debut solo album, which came out in 1982.Released as the follow-up single to his number-one hit song “Truly”, “You Are” reached the top five on three major Billboard music charts. On the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart, the song spent two weeks at number four in early 1983. It peaked at number two on the R&B chart and spent six weeks at number one on the adult contemporary chart.

“You Are” is a romantic song, although with a more upbeat arrangement than many of Richie’s slower ballads, including a horn section. Before achieving popularity for his own music, singer Richard Marx was a studio musician who can be heard singing backing vocals on “You Are” as well as other songs from Richie’s debut album.

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