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Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie performing at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California on July 6, 2006
Background information
Birth name .Lionel Brockman Richie.^ "Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr."

^ Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer who has sold more than 100 million records.
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^ Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. Birth Date : .
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Born June 20, 1949 (1949-06-20) (age 60)
Tuskegee, Alabama,
United States
Genres Soul, R&B, Pop
Occupations Singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer
Instruments Vocals, piano/keyboards, saxophone
Years active 1968–present
Labels Island, MCA, Mercury, Motown
Associated acts Commodores, Nicole Richie, Alabama (band), Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson
Website www.lionelrichie.com
.Lionel Brockman Richie (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer who has sold more than 100 million records.^ Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer who has sold more than 100 million records.
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^ June 20, 1949 Birth Place : .
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^ So too, the great Lionel Richie is better than he's ever been.
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Career

Early years

.Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.^ Biography: Lionel Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, and he grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.
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^ Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute.

^ Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1949, Lionel Richie grew up around and later attended the Tuskegee Institute, where he formed and performed with several local bands before being invited to join The Commodores as a vocalist and saxophonist.
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.His grandfather's house was across the street from the home of the president of the Institute.^ His grandfather's house was across the street from the home of the president of the Institute.

.His family moved to Illinois where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus, in Joliet.^ His family moved to Illinois where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus, in Joliet.

^ His family moved to Illinois, and Lionel Richie graduated there from the Joliet Township High School.
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.A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship at Tuskegee Institute and later graduated with a major in economics.^ A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship back at Tuskegee Institute and later graduated with a major in economics.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. .Lionel is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.^ Richie is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
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The Commodores

.As a student in Tuskegee, he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s.^ Main article: The Commodores Back as a student in Tuskegee, he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s.
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^ It was at Tuskegee that Lionel Richie developed as a musician, where he formed lineups of R&B groups during the mid-'60s.
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.In 1968 he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores.^ He stepped into the limelight in 1968 as the lead singer saxophonist of soul group The Commodores.
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^ In 1968 he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores.
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^ From fronting his group the Commodores - the premier R&B pop unit of the seventies - he became the most popular singer/songwriter in the world by the eighties.
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.They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records, being schooled as a support act to the Jackson Five.^ They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records, being schooled as a support act to the Jackson Five.
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^ They had one daughter together before the marriage tanked 18 months later.

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.The Commodores became established as a popular soul group.^ From fronting his group the Commodores - the premier R&B pop unit of the seventies - he became the most popular singer/songwriter in the world by the eighties.
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^ He stepped into the limelight in 1968 as the lead singer saxophonist of soul group The Commodores.
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^ As a songwriter and founder member of Motown legends The Commodores, Lionel Richie was one of the most celebrated proponents of popular soul and R&B during the 1970s.
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Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound with 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" and "Still" and the tragic break-up ballad, "Sail On."
.By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists.^ By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists.
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.He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and he produced Rogers' Share Your Love album the following year.^ Richie began stepping outside the Commodores in 1980, after Kenny Rogers' hit version of "Lady" led to him producing the singer's 1981 album "Share Your Love."
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^ He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers , which hit #1 in 1980, and he produced Rogers' Share Your Love album the following year.
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^ In 1980, Richie wrote and produced country-pop singer Kenny Rogers ' across-the-board number one smash "Lady," and the following year, Richie's duet with Diana Ross , "Endless Love" (recorded for the Brooke Shields film of the same title), became the most successful single in Motown history, topping the charts for a stunning nine weeks.
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.Richie and Rogers have maintained a strong friendship in later years.^ Richie and Rogers have maintained a strong friendship in later years.
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^ Three years later, on the heels of enduring a very public and bitter divorce with his second wife, Diane, Richie released Just for You .
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^ Richie was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Lady" which was recorded by Kenny Rogers ).
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.Also in 1981, Richie sang a duet with Diana Ross in the theme song for the film Endless Love.^ Also in 1981, Richie sang a duet with Diana Ross in the theme song for the film Endless Love .
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^ Ross and Richie recorded the song for the Motown label, and it was used as the theme for the film "Endless Love" starring Brooke Shields.

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.Issued as a single, the song topped the UK and U.S. pop music charts, and it became one of Motown's biggest hits.^ Issued as a single, the song topped the UK and U.S. pop music charts, and it became one of Motown's biggest hits.
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^ Boasting five Top Ten singles, including the number ones "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello," Can't Slow Down hit number one, eventually sold over ten million copies, and won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year.
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Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced by Skyler Jett, who became the lead singer for The Commodores in 1983.
.His debut album, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, "Truly", which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores.^ Lionel Richie pledges Commodores reunion .
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Solo career

.He released his self-titled debut in 1982, which contained three hit singles: the huge U.S. #1 song "Truly" that launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.^ He released his self-titled debut in 1982, which contained three hit singles: the huge U.S. #1 song "Truly" that launched his career as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980's.
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^ His silence was broken only in 1992, when Motown released a compilation titled Back to Front; in addition to some of his solo hits and a few Commodores tracks, Back to Front also featured three new songs, including the number one R&B hit "Do It to Me" (which wasn't as successful on the pop charts).nRichie wasn't bitten by the recording bug again until 1996, by which time he'd endured his share of personal loss: his father had passed away, and his marriage to wife Brenda -- the muse behind some of his most successful ballads -- had fallen apart.
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^ The song was slated to be the title track on Richie 's upcoming album, but delays in the recording process prevented the record from being released until August 1986, by which time the title was changed to Dancing on the Ceiling (in order to promote Richie 's next single release).
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.Other U.S. Top Five hits "You Are" and "My Love". The album hit #3 on the music charts and sold over 4 million copies.^ Richie hit the Top 40 with " My Love " from the LP Lionel Richie .
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^ Richie hit the Top 10 with " You Are ."
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^ Richie hit the Top 10 with " My Love ."
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.His 1983 follow up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year – propelling him into the first rank of international superstars.^ If Lionel Richie made its creator a star, the follow-up, Can't Slow Down, made him a superstar.
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^ His 1983 follow up album, Can't Slow Down , sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year propelling him into the first rank of international superstars.
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^ If Lionel Richie made its creator a star, the follow-up, Can\'t Slow Down, made him a superstar.
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.The album spawned the #1 hit "All Night Long", a Caribbean-flavored dance number that was promoted by a colorful music video produced by former Monkee, Michael Nesmith.^ Song: All night long mp3 .
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^ Richie hit #1 for 3 weeks with " All Night Long (All Night) ."
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.Several more Top 10 hits followed, the most successful of which was the ballad "Hello" (1984), a sentimental lod "Se La" (U.S. #20), The latter is Richie's most recent U.S. Pop Top Twenty hit.^ Boasting five Top Ten singles, including the number ones "All Night Long (All Night)" and "Hello," Can't Slow Down hit number one, eventually sold over ten million copies, and won the 1984 Grammy for Album of the Year.
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^ While attending college there, Richie joined the Commodores, who went on to become the most successful act on the Motown label during the latter half of the '70s.
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^ While attending college there, Richie joined the Commodores , who went on to become the most successful act on the Motown label during the latter half of the '70s.
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.The title selection, which revived the lively dance sound of "All Night Long (All Night)", was accompanied by another striking video, a feature that played an increasingly important role in Richie's solo career.^ The title selection, which revived the lively dance sound of "All Night Long (All Night)", was accompanied by another striking video, a feature that played an increasingly important role in Richie's solo career.
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.In 1985, Richie collaborated with Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder on the USA For Africa "We are the World" project.^ Lenny Kravitz Talks Leaked Michael Jackson Collaboration .
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^ We Are The World - USA For Africa COMPARTE ESTA LETRA Recomendar web a tus amigos BUSCADOR DE LETRAS Artistas .
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[1] .By 1987, Richie was exhausted from his work schedule and after a controversial year laid low taking care for his father in Alabama.^ By 1987, Richie was exhausted from his work schedule and after a controversial year laid low taking care for his father in Alabama.
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^ 'I was part of the delegation from the California side sent to take care of him,' Richie recalled when we met last year, ostensibly to discuss his new album.
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^ After 1987, Richie fell silent, taking an extended break from recording and touring before beginning a comeback toward the tail end of the '90s.
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His father, Lionel Sr., died in 1990. He made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.
.Since then, his ever-more relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum.^ Since then, his ever-more relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum.
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^ Nevertheless, this is one of the more appealing records Richie had made in quite some time, as it's both assured and unassuming, relaxed and tuneful.
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.He broke the silence in 1996 with Louder Than Words, on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade.^ Wasted Time Louder Than Words(1996) 1.
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^ LOUDER THAN WORDS (1996) song list .
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^ In approaching his comeback, Richie attempted to update his sound to reflect a decade's worth of developments in urban R&B. The result, Louder Than Words, was a moderate success, reaching the Top 30 and going gold.
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.Instead, he stayed with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as Contemporary R&B.^ Instead, he stayed with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as Contemporary R&B .
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.His albums in the 1990s such as Louder Than Words and Time all failed to achieve the previous decade's commercial success.^ His albums in the 1990s such as Louder Than Words and Time all failed to achieve the previous decade's commercial success.
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^ Some of his recent work such as the album Renaissance has returned to his older style, achieving success in Europe, but only modest notice in the United States.
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^ The "Lionel Richie" story is about a five-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
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.Some of his recent work such as the album Renaissance has returned to his older style, achieving success in Europe, but only modest notice in the United States.^ Some of his recent work such as the album Renaissance has returned to his older style, achieving success in Europe, but only modest notice in the United States.
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^ The album was an incredible success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6.
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^ Richie's next album, Renaissance, was released to a favorable reception in Europe in late 2000; it was issued in the U.S. in early 2001.
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.Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK. On February 1st, 2010 Lionel made a remix of the We Are The World in which Justin Bieber sings his original part in the song.^ Since 2004, he has produced a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK. .
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^ Since 2004, Lionel Richie has released a total of six Top 40 singles in the UK. .
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^ Lionel Richie's biggest success was in 1985, when he co-wrote "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson - the world-wide smash-hit recorded as part of USA for Africa.
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Long-lasting popularity and later career

.In 2002, Richie's song "Running with the Night" was featured on the Rockstar North video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City though the song was removed from later versions of the game.^ In 2002, Richie's song "Running with the Night" was featured on the Rockstar North video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City though the song was removed from later versions of the game.
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^ The title selection, which revived the lively dance sound of "All Night Long (All Night)", was accompanied by another striking video, a feature that played an increasingly important role in Richie's solo career.
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^ I want Running With The Night because it's a great song with two awesome guitar solos that would be super fun to play.
  • Official Lionel Richie DLC Thread - Rock Band Forums 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.rockband.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

In 2004, he appeared on Canadian Idol as his songs were featured during a Canadian Idol week.
.Later in 2004, he also appeared on the British motoring television series Top Gear in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment where he was interviewed by host Jeremy Clarkson.^ Later in 2004, he also appeared on the British motoring television series Top Gear in the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment where he was interviewed by host Jeremy Clarkson.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Now 27, she became famous five years ago when she starred in a reality television series called The Simple Life with her then best friend Paris Hilton.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Himself - Host "Los Angeles 1984: Games of the XXIII Olympiad" (1984) TV series "Lou Rawls Parade of Stars" (1984) TV series ....
  • Lionel Richie (I) 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

During his lap, the Suzuki Liana he was driving lost a wheel due to hard cornering. .In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers I'll show you my weasel.^ Show all Lionel Richie songs .
  • Lionel Richie - Free Music, Lionel Richie Lyrics & Videos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.dizzler.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Video Lionel Richie loves performing ...
  • Lionel Richie: News & Videos about Lionel Richie - CNN.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC topics.edition.cnn.com [Source type: General]

^ In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

on a .CMT Crossroads special.^ In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

.The show gave an informative insight into their friendship both in and out of the music world.^ The show gave an informative insight into their friendship both in and out of the music world.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Gave me all the confidence in the world to go "I'm in the music business.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Lionel Richie . January 16, 2009 | PBS 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

.Richie was also the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.^ Richie was also the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

.Richie released his eighth studio album entitled "Coming Home" on September 12, 2006. The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U.S. in ten years.^ The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U.S. in ten years.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Coming Home September 12, 2006 $9.49 .
  • Amazon.com: Lionel Richie: MP3 Downloads 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ I Call It Love September 26, 2006 $0.99 .
  • Amazon.com: Lionel Richie: MP3 Downloads 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.The album was an incredible success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6. His adopted daughter Nicole Richie stars in the music video for this track.^ One of the recipients of this advice has been Richie's adopted daughter Nicole.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The album was an incredible success for Richie in the United States, peaking at #6.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ His adopted daughter Nicole Richie stars in the music video for this track.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

On December 9, 2006, Richie hosted and performed live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie. .Two months later, he performed "Hello" on the 49th Grammy Awards show.^ The 49th Annual Grammy Awards take place this Sunday, February 11th.

^ More » Nominations for 49th Annual Grammy Awards E! Online - Dec 7, 2006 Here s the complete list of nominees for the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.
  • Lionel Richie on Yahoo! Music 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC new.music.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On February 11, 2007, Richie performed his 80s hit song "Hello" on the televised Grammy Awards show.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

.On November 25, 2007, he made a surprise appearance on the Australian Idol grand finale performing "All Night Long (All Night)" at the Sydney Opera House.^ All Night Long (All Night) 11.
  • Lionel Richie Lyrics - Lionel Richie Song Lyrics 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.gossipcheck.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Song: All night long mp3 .
  • Lionel richie - MP3 Search & Free Mp3 Downloads 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC beemp3.com [Source type: General]

^ All Night Long (all Night) Lyrics .
  • » LIONEL RICHIE LYRICS + Album Lyrics! 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.lyricsyoulove.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Richie donated to Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.^ Richie donated to Barack Obama's 2008 Presidential campaign.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

.On May 2, 2008, Lionel Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing.^ On May 2, 2008, Lionel Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ In accepting the award, Richie said: "Forget about surviving 30 some odd years in the music business, Lionel Richie survived 27 years of Nicole Richie".
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Posted May 21st 2008 2:13PM by TMZ Staff .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

In accepting the award, Richie said: "Forget about surviving 30 some odd years in the music business, Lionel Richie survived 27 years of Nicole Richie".[2]
.Recently, he has announced that he would like to get The Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care."^ The Commodores are getting back together.

^ Recently, he has announced that he would like to get The Commodores back together soon, "or in the next 10 years no one will care."
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Lionel has been in the business for close to 40 years - and this is the reason why , he still has it and there is no one like him.
  • http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/8696807/Just-Go/Product.html 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.play.com [Source type: General]

[3] Richie is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.[4]
.On December 31, 2008, Richie performed in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration and ball drop.^ On December 31, 2008, Richie performed in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration and ball drop.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ For nearly thirty years Lionel Richie has never looked back as a performer.
  • http://www.play.com/Books/Books/-/184/241/-/4159349/Lionel-Richie/Product.html?searchtype=genre 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.play.com [Source type: General]

^ Pearl Jam, Aretha Franklin, Van Morrison and Lionel Richie are headlining next year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
  • Lionel Richie Wire - Topix 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: General]

.He also performed on the 2009 season finale for American Idol with Danny Gokey.^ American Idol 4 (USA: fourth season title)     - Finale (2009) TV episode (writer: "Hello", "Just Go", "All Night Long (All Night)") (performer: "Just Go", "All Night Long (All Night)")     - Auditions: New York (2007) TV episode (lyrics: "All Night Long") Duplicity (2009) (writer: "Brick House") ...
  • Lionel Richie (I) 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version) "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (2 episodes, 2007-2009) ...
  • Lionel Richie (I) 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ American Idol 4 (USA: fourth season title)     - Episode #2.24 (2003) TV episode ....
  • Lionel Richie (I) 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

.A new album, Just Go was released in spring 2009 - around the time Lionel confirmed there is to be a Commodores reunion in the near future.^ After the Success of "Coming Home " in 2006 a new album "Just Go" was released in the Spring of 2009 - around this time Lionel confirmed there is to be a Commodores Reunion in the near future.
  • Radio Swiss Jazz - Lionel Richie - Biography 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.radioswissjazz.ch [Source type: General]

^ Lionel Richie's new album Just Go is released on Monday Email Print Share .
  • Lionel Richie's heaven and hell - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Getty Images Lionel Richie takes the stage on CBS’ ‘The Early Show’ aboard the USS Intrepid on June 12, 2009 in New York City .
  • Lionel Richie Talks Michael Jackson & New Grandson Sparrow | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

.On July 7, 2009, Richie performed "Jesus is Love" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.^ At Michael Jackson ’s public memorial in July, Lionel Richie gave an emotional tribute to his late friend, performing “Jesus Is Love.” And today, for the first time since Michael’s death, Lionel opened up to Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson about what was going through his mind during his touching tribute.
  • Lionel Richie Talks Michael Jackson & New Grandson Sparrow | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ Getty Images Joel Madden and Nicole Richie pose with Lionel Richie backstage during Michael Jackson’s public memorial service held at Staples Center on July 7, 2009 in Los Angeles .
  • Lionel Richie Talks Michael Jackson & New Grandson Sparrow | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ We’ve lost some amazing people in 2009, including the most celebrated star of all time, Michael Jackson.
  • Lionel Richie Talks Michael Jackson & New Grandson Sparrow | Access Hollywood - Celebrity News, Photos & Videos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.accesshollywood.com [Source type: General]

Popularity in the Arab world

.In recent years, Richie has become a phenomenon in various Arab states,[5][6] and has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and Libya.^ The answer as to why is, I don’t have the slightest idea.” He has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and Libya.

^ When Richie performs live – and this year he's expecting to be on the road for almost 280 days – he wants his fans to enjoy themselves.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Nicole Richie looks much healthier since becoming pregnant and giving birth to daughter Harlow, a year ago.
  • lionel richie - FameCrawler 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.babble.com [Source type: General]

[7]
As ABC News reports:
.Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name.^ Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]
  • Lionel Richie 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC gone-hollywood.com [Source type: General]

."I love Lionel Richie," they say.^ Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel .
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ "I love Lionel Richie," they say.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

^ Lionel Richie says Commodores will re...
  • Lionel Richie Wire - Topix 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: General]

.Iraqis who do not understand a word of English can sing an entire Lionel Richie song.
He has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and Libya.^ LIONEL RICHIE (1982) song list .
  • Lyrics - lionel ritchie All songs, words of songs FREE, At lyrics and songs - RICHIE LIONEL LIONEL RITCHIE : Lyrics And Songs 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.lyricsandsongs.com [Source type: General]

^ The answer as to why is, I don’t have the slightest idea.” He has performed in Morocco, Dubai, Qatar and Libya.

^ Lyrics - lionel ritchie All songs, words of songs FREE, At lyrics and songs - RICHIE LIONEL LIONEL RITCHIE : Lyrics And Songs .
  • Lyrics - lionel ritchie All songs, words of songs FREE, At lyrics and songs - RICHIE LIONEL LIONEL RITCHIE : Lyrics And Songs 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.lyricsandsongs.com [Source type: General]

.There is obviously something up there.^ There is obviously something up there.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]
  • Lionel Richie 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC gone-hollywood.com [Source type: General]

.The more we talked, the more he theorized as to the reasons his music might be so popular here.^ The more we talked, the more he theorized as to the reasons his music might be so popular here.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]
  • Lionel Richie 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC gone-hollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ And we’re hardly talking a minority music here from as early as 1986 and encompassing loads of top ten hits in 1987/88/89 and a Number One as early as the start of 1987 but from those compilations it might as well as never existed… .
  • LIONEL RICHIE – “Hello” | FreakyTrigger 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC freakytrigger.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.He thinks it is because of the simple message in his music: Love
.^ He thinks it is because of the simple message in his music: Love.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]
  • Lionel Richie 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC gone-hollywood.com [Source type: General]

^ I think because of the passion that I have for music, period.
  • Interview: Sean Garrett – Singer, Songwriter, and Producer - Blogcritics Music 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC blogcritics.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Everybody thinks they can sing it because it appears that simple.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

[7]
.According to Richie, he was told that Iraqi civilians were playing "All Night Long" the night that U.S. tanks invaded Baghdad.^ Richie says he was told Iraqis were playing “All Night Long,” on the streets the night U.S. tanks rolled into the country in 2003.

^ Song: All night long mp3 .
  • Lionel richie - MP3 Search & Free Mp3 Downloads 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC beemp3.com [Source type: General]

^ Richie says he was told Iraqis were playing "All Night Long," on the streets the night U.S. tanks rolled into the country in 2003.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

.Richie was against the war, but he says he could see a day when he would come and perform in Baghdad.^ Richie was no supporter of the war, but he says he could see a day when he would come and perform in Baghdad.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

^ But I am sitting there now looking at the excitement that I used to see years ago when people would say their only dream in life, "One day, I'm gonna make it to America.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Lionel Richie . January 16, 2009 | PBS 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When Richie performs live – and this year he's expecting to be on the road for almost 280 days – he wants his fans to enjoy themselves.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

."I would love to be here for that."^ I would love to be here for that.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

[7]

Dallas Austin character witness

In July, 2006, songwriter and producer Dallas Austin was arrested and held in a United Arab Emirates prison on drug charges. .The UAE consulate in Washington D.C. placed a call to Lionel Richie for a character reference.^ Lionel Richie's Trivia: Wants to be called ''G-Pa'' because he feels too young to be a grandpa.
  • Lionel Richie Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: General]

^ The fictional metal band Deathtngue writes a song called Let's Run Over Lionel Richie With A Tank.
  • Lionel Richie Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: General]

^ Email 4ie6 Lionel Richie -- Don't Call Me Grandpa Just Yet!
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

[8]
Richie recounts:
It was, 'Tell me what kind of guy is Dallas Austin.' I said, 'Listen, this is a great guy. He's done a great job for the community. A gangster, a hoodlum, a thug, he's not.'[8]
Austin was subsequently granted a pardon.[8]

Family

Marriage with Brenda Harvey

.Richie married college sweetheart Brenda Harvey on October 18, 1975. During their marriage, Lionel began a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986. In 1988, while separated, Brenda allegedly discovered Lionel and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills apartment.^ Diane Alexander (married on December 21, 1995; divorced in January 2004), Brenda Harvey-Richie (born on September 2, 1952; married on October 28, 1975; divorced on August 9, 1993) .
  • Lionel Richie Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: General]

^ Before he became a pop/rock heavyweight during the late '80s , Richard Marx sang on commercials and performed as a backing vocalist for Lionel Richie .
  • Lionel Richie Wire - Topix 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.topix.net [Source type: General]

^ Legendary singer Lionel Richie says Nicole and Adam are not just back together – they’re planning a trip down the aisle.

.A confrontation ensued, and Brenda was then arrested for spousal abuse, trespassing and vandalism.^ Then, in 1988, Brenda (his college sweetheart and only his second girlfriend) was arrested for trespass, vandalism, battery and 'corporal injury to a spouse' after catching Richie mid-tryst with a dancer, who eventually became his second wife, Diane Alexander.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

.Lionel and Brenda divorced on August 9, 1993; they had been married 17 years.^ Diane Alexander (married on December 21, 1995; divorced in January 2004), Brenda Harvey-Richie (born on September 2, 1952; married on October 28, 1975; divorced on August 9, 1993) .
  • Lionel Richie Picture, Video, Wallpaper, Profile, Gossip, and News at CelebrityWonder.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.celebritywonder.com [Source type: General]

^ Richie, divorced from his first wife in 1993, married Diane by 1996.

^ They married in 1985, after Spielberg had already struck it big with his first Indiana Jones flick and ET. They divorced after nearly four years of marriage.

[9]

Nicole Richie

.In 1983, Lionel and wife Brenda informally adopted Nicole Camille Escovedo, the two year old daughter of members of Lionel's band.^ It's Lionel Richie 's 27-year-old adopted daughter Nicole Camille Escovedo Richie .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ "Hello" - Lionel Richie Peak chart position: #1 May 12, 1984 2 weeks I remembered hearing this song when I was 5 years old.
  • LIONEL RICHIE - HELLO LYRICS 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.leoslyrics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lionel Richie: She stayed with us for two years before we even thought about legal guardianship.
  • Lionel Richie: No rush for pregnant Nicole to marry - CNN.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.cnn.com [Source type: General]

.They raised her as their daughter Nicole Richie and adopted her legally when she was nine years old.^ One of the recipients of this advice has been Richie's adopted daughter Nicole.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ It's Lionel Richie 's 27-year-old adopted daughter Nicole Camille Escovedo Richie .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ Richie's nine-year streak of writing at least one number one single (a feat matched only by Irving Berlin) come to an end.
  • Amazon.com: Lionel Richie: Albums, Songs, Bios, Photos 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

.In a November 15, 2005 CNN interview with Ryan Seacrest, Nicole stated that her birth father was not a member of Lionel's band; however, Peter Michael Escovedo (brother of Sheila E) was a member of Lionel's band.^ This is the same Lionel Richie who is the father of some young woman named Nicole.
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

.Lionel became a grandfather on January 11, 2008 when Nicole gave birth to a baby girl with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden.^ Tags: Celebrity Baby , CelebrityBaby , Good Charlotte , GoodCharlotte , joel madden , JoelMadden , Lionel Richie , LionelRichie , nicole richie , NicoleRichie .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ Lionel Richie opened up a huge trust fund for baby Harlow -- but it sounds like he's doing it because he doesn't have that much trust in Nicole.
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ Tue, Oct 6, 2009 Richie is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie and the longtime girlfriend of musician Joel Madden.
  • Lionel Richie News - Topix 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.topix.com [Source type: General]

Marriage with Diane Alexander

.Lionel married Alexander on December 21, 1995.[9] They have a son, Miles Brockman[10] (born May 27, 1994),[9] and a daughter, Sofia (born August 26, 1998).^ May 21, 2006 - May 27, 2006 (10) .
  • newswire: The Iraqi obsession with Lionel Ritchie 11 September 2009 7:30 UTC www.mentalmayhem.net [Source type: General]

^ It's Lionel Richie 's 27-year-old adopted daughter Nicole Camille Escovedo Richie .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

Lionel and Alexander divorced in January 2004.

Breast cancer activist

.Richie helped to raise over $3.1 million for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.^ Richie has used his songwriting skills for several charity efforts, including projects supporting HIV/AIDS awareness and raising funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Lionel Richie . January 16, 2009 | PBS 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Richie's official site "Lionel Richie Preaches Melody On New Album" "SOUTH AFRICA: Lionel Richie wows 30,000 fans" The Breast Cancer Research Foundation E-mail a friend .
  • Tavis Smiley . Shows . Lionel Richie . January 16, 2009 | PBS 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.pbs.org [Source type: Original source]

He was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soirée Bouquet, the annual spring gala.
.Richie told the crowd that his grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 80s, but survived and lived until she was 104 years old.^ It's Lionel Richie 's 27-year-old adopted daughter Nicole Camille Escovedo Richie .
  • Lionel Richie | TMZ.com 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ Richie, then 36 and married, met the 18-year-old backup dancer at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.

^ When Richie performs live – and this year he's expecting to be on the road for almost 280 days – he wants his fans to enjoy themselves.
  • Lionel Richie: everybody loves Lionel - Telegraph 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: General]

He stated that she was his enduring symbol of hope and his reason for becoming a breast cancer activist.[11]

In Popular Culture

.In the video game Final Fantasy XIII, director Tetsuya Nomura based the character Sazh's appearance on Lionel Richie.^ No Appearance Scheduled We're sorry, but we can't find any airings featuring Lionel Richie in the next 14 days.
  • Lionel Richie - Yahoo! TV 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lionel Richie - free music, pictures, videos .
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^ I call it love - lionel richie - music video Music Video .
  • ♪ LIONEL RICHIE - I Call It Love Lyrics 11 January 2010 7:07 UTC www.smartlyrics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[12]

Discography

Studio albums

U.S. #1 singles

Filmography

See also

References

  1. ^ Stanley Donen directed the video for Dancing On The Ceiling',' which drew inspiration from the film Royal Wedding, a film he had directed and which had starred Fred Astaire. Royal Wedding was released in 1951.
  2. ^ Richie accepts Gershwin Award
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (2009-05-18). "Lionel Richie Ready to Go With Albums, Tour, Commodores Reunion". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/lionel-richie-ready-to-go-with-albums-tour-1003973986.story#/bbcom/news/lionel-richie-ready-to-go-with-albums-tour-1003973986.story. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  4. ^ http://www.rso.cornell.edu/alpha/prominent/entertainment.html
  5. ^ "Lionel Richie: The Key to Peace in the Middle East". http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6576395. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  6. ^ "LIONEL RICHIE - RICHIE BELOVED IN IRAQ". 02/06/2006. http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/richie%20beloved%20in%20iraq_02_06_2006. 
  7. ^ a b c John Berman. "Baghdad's Lionel Richie Obsession". http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=1974794. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
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[[File:|right|thumb|Lionel Richie]] Lionel Richie (born June 20, 1949) is a popular American pop singer, most famous for his 1980s songs. Richie started his career with The Commodores; between him and the band, Three Times a Lady is their best remembered effort.

His self-titled debut album was one of the biggest music successes of 1982. More successful was its follow-up, Can't Slow Down.

In 1984, as a surprise guest, he sang All Night Long to a worldwide audience of over two billion at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics.

In 1990, three years after he retired, Richie adopted Nicole Escovedo. Now Nicole Richie, she has recently appeared on Fox's The Simple Life along with Paris Hilton.

The singer returned to the music industry in 1996 with Louder than Words. Another album of his, Renaissance, came out four years later.


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