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					Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1949. He was
raised on the campus of Tuskegee Institute where his grandfather worked.
He received a tennis scholarship and attended Tuskegee Institute where he
graduated with a degree in economics.During the mid 1960's, Lionel was a
member of a number of R&B groups. He joined The Jays in 1968 as their
vocalist and saxophonist. Because the name The Jays was too close to The
O'Jays, they changed their name to The Commodores. Other original members
in The Commodores included, William King, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams,
Ronald LaPread, and Walter "Clyde" Orange.Motown Records signed The
Commodores to be an opening act for The Jackson Five, but soon they
became an extremely popular soul group on their own.By the early 1980's,
Lionel was penning songs for other artists, including, Kenny Rogers, who
took Lionel's composition "Lady" to number one on Billboard's Singles
Charts. He was also recording solo in the early eighties and he
officially left The Commodores in 1983. He was replaced with Skyler Jett
as the lead singer.In 1985, he teamed with Michael Jackson to write and
record "We Are The World" as part of the USA For Africa ensemble.On the
charts, Lionel, as a solo artist and with The Commodores hit the Top 40
charts thirty times and went to number one on seven occasions. Here are
the Top 10 Lionel Richie hits and the Top 10 Commodores hits, according
to Billboard's Weekly Top 40 charts.Lionel Richie1. Endless Love - 1981 -
Lionel's first solo effort was actually a duet with Diana Ross, from the
film of the same title and went to number one for nine weeks.2. All Night
Long (All Night) - 1983 - He performed this #1 song at the 1984 Summer
Olympics in Los Angeles and, more recently, on the finale of American
Idol in 2009.3. Say You, Say Me - 1985 - More movie music, this time from
the film "White Knights" starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory
Hines.4. Hello - 1984 - The third single from the "Can't Slow Down"
album, which spawned five Top 10 singles.5. Truly - 1982 - From his first
solo album, this song won Lionel a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop
Vocalist Performance.6. Dancing On The Ceiling - 1986 - The music video
to this song is reminiscent to the 1951 Fred Astaire film, "Royal
Wedding" and features cameos by comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Cheech
Marin.7. Stuck On You - 1984 - In addition to this single going to number
3 on the pop charts, it also peaked at #24 on the Country charts.8. You
Are - 1983 - Co-written by his then wife, Brenda Harvey, this single
reportedly features backing vocals by Richard Marx.9. My Love - 1983 -
Harmony vocals on this single is done by Lionel's good friend, country
singer, Kenny Rogers.10. Running With The Night - 1984 - Guitar solo on
this song is done by Steve Lukather from the group Toto.The Commodores1.
Three Times A Lady - 1978 - Their biggest hit went to #1 for two weeks
and was written by Robert Farthing, who was inspired when his father made
a comment about his mother.2. Still - 1979 - The Commodores only other
number one single came from their "Midnight Magic" album.3. Nightshift -
1985 - The only Top 10 single without Lionel Richie, the song is a
dedication to singers Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson. A new version was
recorded in 2010 to include Michael Jackson.4. Oh No - 1981 - The last
single featuring Lionel Richie on leads came from their "In The Pocket"
album.5. Easy - 1977 - This song has been covered by artists like
Clarence Carter, Richie Havens, Taylor Hicks and Faith No More.6. Sail On
- 1979 - The only other Top 10 single from the "Midnight Magic" album.7.
Sweet Love - 1976 - Their first Top 10 single went to #5 on the weekly
charts.8. Brick House - 1977 - The lyrics were written by member and
trumpet player William King's wife, Shirley, and features drummer Walter
"Clyde" Orange on lead vocals.9. Just To Be Close To You - 1976 - From
their "Hot On The Tracks" album.10. Lady (You Bring Me Up) - 1981 - The
first hit single from the "In The Pocket" album.Not without controversy,
in 1988, Lionel and Diane Alexander were attacked in a Beverly Hills
hotel room, by Lionel's college sweetheart and wife since 1975, Brenda
Harvey. They divorced in 1993. During their marriage, they adopted Nicole
Camille Escovedo and changed her name to Nicole Richie. Fashion designer
and television personality, Nicole Richie is most noted for her role on
the reality series, "The Simple Life."Over the years, Lionel has become
an activist for breast cancer and has raised over three million dollars
for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.Lionel Richie hasn't had a top
forty hit since 1992, but he continues to record and many of his singles
do well on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Charts and he still tours. He
can be seen, in 2011, on the reality TV show, "Who Do You Think You
Are?"The Commodores also continue to record and tour, but never cracked
the top 40 again, since "Nightshift." They were inducted into The Vocal
Group Hall Of Fame in 2003.

				
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