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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. (thanks, Charles – Charlotte, NC)
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 left this off his first solo album, but his wife Brenda liked it and insisted he include it on Can’t Slow Down.
Lionel Richie had to challenge an allegation from Marjorie White that this was based on her song, “I’m Not Ready To Go,” but he won.
This 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.
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. (thanks, Edward Pearce – Ashford, Kent, England, for above 6)
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.