Lionel Richie Caps 2012 with European Tour
: August 16, 2012
After just finishing up a North American tour leg a few days ago, Lionel Richie has announced an extensive European tour that will take him around the continent this fall.
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John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson Ready to Pair for ABC’s Duets
: May 22, 2012
When ABC’s new reality television singing competition “Duets” debuts this summer, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and Jennifer Nettles will be sitting behind the ju ...
lionel richie Biography
Lionel Richie, the American musician, singer-songwriter and record producer, was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on June 20, 1949. Since 1968, Richie has been a Commodores band member. The group is signed with Motown Records. In 1982, Richie launched his solo career with his self-titled album, which spawned his number one hit single Truly.
Richie, while a student at Tuskegee during the middle 1960s, formed several R&B groups. In 1968, Lionel became the Commodores' saxophonist and singer. The group in 1968 signed with Atlantic Records and then moved on after one record to sign with Motown Records and released popular funky, danceable tracks like Brick House and Machine Gun. Richie, over time, sang and wrote songs that were more easy listening, romantic ballads like Sail On, Still Three Times a Lady and Easy.
Three hit singles were spawned off of Richie's self titled 1982 debut album: Truly, My Love and You Are. The album peaked in the No. 3 spot and sold more than 4 million copies. Can't Slow Down, Richie's followup album from 1983, sold over 8 million copies and earned Richie two Grammy Awards, which included Album of the Year, and also spawned All Night Long, a No. 1 hit single. In 1984 he had four Top Ten hits, including Hello, Penny Lover, Running with the Night and Stuck on You. Richie's final widely popular album, Dancing on the Ceiling, was released in 1986. The set spawned the hit singles Ballerina Girl, Dancing on the Ceiling and Say You, Say Me.
Richie's later albums failed to match the commercial and popular success of his previous ones, although his 2006 set Coming Home did peak in the No. 6 spot and spawned his hit single I Call It Love, which was Lionel's biggest U.S. hit single in ten years.