Lionel Richie

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Singer • Musician

Birth Date: June 20, 1949

Age: 74 years old

Birth Place: Tuskegee ,Alabama

Children: Nicole Richie

If Lionel Richie had only been the frontman for The Commodores he would have earned a place in music history, but his subsequent solo career made him a superstar in the '80s and beyond. Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on June 20, 1949, where he began playing in bands in the '60s. In 1968, he and some members of his band The Mystics merged with members of another local band, The Jays, to form The Commodores. Though the band would later become famous for a pop-friendly R&B approach, their early sound was far edgier and funkier. With Richie on vocals, keyboards, and sax, The Commodores released their debut album, Machine Gun, in 1974, scoring a hit with the instrumental title track. By 1976 they were reaching the upper rungs of the Top 40 with hits like "Sweet Love" and "Just To Be Close To You." But they became bona fide pop stars the following year with the ubiquitous smashes "Easy" and "Brick House." Though Richie wasn't the band's only singer/songwriter, his name became synonymous with The Commodores by the time of hit ballads like 1978's "Three Times a Lady" and 1979's "Still." By the beginning of the '80s he was penning pop hits for others, like Kenny Rogers' "Lady." A solo career seemed imminent, and after 1981's In the Pocket, he left The Commodores, releasing his hugely successful, self-titled solo album in 1982, featuring the hits "You Are," "Truly," and "My Love." 1983 blockbuster follow-up Can't Slow Down was the biggest album of Richie's career, eventually achieving Diamond status and including No. 1 hits "Hello" and "All Night Long." 1986's Dancing on the Ceiling boasted huge hits too, like the title track and "Say You, Say Me." Richie's profile dipped with his '90s releases, but he experienced something of a comeback with 2006's Coming Home, his first Gold album in a decade. And in 2012 he earned his first No. 1 album since the '80s by shifting direction with Tuskegee, a country-flavored album on which he partnered with top country singers on new versions of his classic tunes.

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The Greatest Night in PopStream

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Easy Like Sunday Morning by Lionel Richie Fragrance

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Easy Like Sunday Morning by Lionel Richie Fragrance Premiere

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Happy Hour Deals with Helen

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Happy Hour Birthday Deals With Helen

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The Coronation Concert

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Soul of a Nation Presents: Black in Vegas

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Hello by Lionel Richie Fragrance Premiere - All On Free Shipping

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Lionel Richie: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

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The 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

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Kenny Rogers Farewell Concert Celebration: All in for the Gambler

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American Music Awards: The Legends

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Country Strong 2020: Countdown to the CMA Awards -- An ABC News Special

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The Drew Barrymore ShowStream

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CMA Best of Fest

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Biography: Kenny Rogers

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Lionel Richie: Truly

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The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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Nathan East: For the Record

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Maria, Marì: Pavarotti & Friends - For Guatemala and Kosovo

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ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends -- In Concert

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The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

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Lionel Richie Tuskegee

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NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

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CBS This Morning

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Lionel Richie Feat. Billy Currington: Just for You

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The 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors

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The 45th Annual CMA Awards

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Dish Nation

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The VoiceStream

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Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years

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Love Songs at the BBC: A Valentine's Day Special

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Piers Morgan Tonight

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Lionel Richie Feat. Shania Twain: Endless Love

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The Talk

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The Talk

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George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

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National Memorial Day Concert (2010)

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Who Do You Think You Are?Stream

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An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Lionel Richie

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Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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Alan Carr: Chatty Man

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Feel the Beat

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Piers Morgan's Life Stories

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Lionel Richie: Dancing On The Ceiling

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Lionel Richie Feat. Akon: Just Go

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Lionel Richie: Angel (Metro Mix)

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Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest

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Spirit of Christmas

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The Wendy Williams Show

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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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Private Sessions

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Lionel Richie: All Night Long (All Night)

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The One Show

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The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part

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Lionel Richie: I Call It Love

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Lionel Richie: Lady (You Bring Me Up)

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Dancing With the StarsStream

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Motown 45

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Lionel Richie: Three Times a Lady

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Top GearStream

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One Life to Live Today

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One Life to Live Tuesday

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One Life to Live Yesterday

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FelicityStream

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The View

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The View

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Access Hollywood

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Late Show With David Letterman

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The SimpsonsStream

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The Oprah Winfrey ShowStream

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Lionel Richie: Running With The Night

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Lionel Richie: Penny Lover

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Lionel Richie: Hello

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Entertainment Tonight

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Lionel Richie: Easy

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