Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. is an American singer songwriter, recording artist, record producer and performer. Starting in 1968, he was a part of the musical team Commodores signed to Motown Records Richie produced his solo debut in 1982 with the record Lionel Richie and number one reach Really.

Richie grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama , the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie. He grew on the campus of Tuskegee Institute His grandpa’s residence was next door in the residence of the president of the university. His household moved to Joliet , Illinois , where his mum Alberta was principal at Eliza Kelly Elementary-School and his dad worked at Armcom through the now-defunct Joliet Arsenal.

Richie graduated from Joliet Township High-School , East Campus. A star tennis participant in Joliet, he taken a tennis scholarship to go to Tuskegee Institute, and graduated using a key in economics. After getting his undergraduate diploma from Tuskegee, Richie fleetingly attended graduate college at Auburn College He’s a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and a dynamic life person in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

As students in Tuskegee, Richie shaped a series of Ep&B teams in the mid-’60s. In 1968 he became a vocalist and saxophonist using the Commodores They signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one document before shifting on to Motown Records initially as an assistance act to The Jackson 5 The Commodores subsequently became created as a favorite soul group. Their first several records had a dance-able, fantastic sound, as such tracks as Machine-Gun and Brick Home; Over time, Richie composed and sang more intimate, easy listening ballads including Simple ,; Three-Times a Lady ,; Still ,; and the terrible split ballad Sail On;

By the late-1970s he’d started to simply accept songwriting commissions from some other artists. He composed Lady for Kenny Rogers , which reach #1 in 1980, and made Rogers’s record Share Your Love the next year. Rogers and Richie preserved a solid camaraderie in old age. Salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra and Latin jazz composer had international success together with his protect ofLady,; which was performed at Latin dance clubs. Additionally in 1981 Richie sang the theme music for the movie Endless Love , a duet with Diana Ross Issued as a solitary, the track topped the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Nz and US pop-music charts, and became one of Motown’s greatest hits (in the USA it offered 2 million copies and became a platinum solitary record). [ date=april 2008 ] Its achievement motivated Richie to branch out in to a full fledged solo job in 1982. He was changed as lead singer for Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. His debut record, Lionel Richie , made another chart-topping solitary, Really ,; which continued the type of his ballads together with the Commodores.

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