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Lionel Richie : 5 Grammy Award winner, In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award.

April 28th, 2018 | by Richard Paul
Lionel Richie : 5 Grammy Award winner, In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award.
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Lionel Richie

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Lionel Richie
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Richie receiving the 2017 Kennedy Center Honors
Born Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.
June 20, 1949 (age 68)[1]
Tuskegee, Alabama, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Years active 1968–present
Spouse(s)
  • Brenda Harvey (m. 1975;div. 1993)
  • Diane Alexander (m. 1995;div. 2004)
Children 3 including Nicole Richieand
Sofia Richie
Musical career
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • saxophone
Labels
Associated acts
Website lionelrichie.com

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and then launched a solo career in 1982. He also co-wrote the 1985 charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies.[2] Richie has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He is also a five-time Grammy Award winner.[3] In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame‘s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award.[4wikipedia]

Early life

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) (1917-2001) and Lionel Brockman Richie Sr. (1915-1990).[5] He grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.[6]

Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and dropped out of Tuskegee Institute after his sophomore year. Richie seriously considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but ultimately decided he was not “priest material” and decided to continue his musical career.[7] He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members,[8] and an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha[9][10] Fraternity.

Career

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Commodores

As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968, he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House.” Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as “Easy“, “Three Times a Lady“, “Still“, and the tragic breakup ballad “Sail On“.

By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which hit No. 1 in 1980, and produced Rogers’ album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of “Lady,” which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown’s biggest hits.[citation needed] Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983.

 

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