Lionel Richie was born on June 20, 1949. He is the American pop singer, who was among the stars of the 1980s. All 13 tracks issued in the period 1981-1987, were in the Billboard Hot 100, five of them – on the 1st place. Born in a small town in Alabama, Richie succeeded as the vocalist and saxophonist in a trio “The Commodores”, for which he wrote a number of perfect ballads like “Three Times a Lady” (1977) and “Still” (1979). “The Commodores” was the most commercially successful project of rhythm and blues Motown label, though with every new record Richie moved away from the classic soul towards more profitable pop music.
About Lionel Richie
In 1980, Lionel created “Lady” – the most famous hit of Kenny Rogers. Next year, he issued “Endless Love” – a duo with Diana Ross. It became the most popular track in the label's history and one of the most profitable in the history of pop music of the 1980s. However, Richie leaves “The Commodores” to become a solo performer. He did this in 1982, issuing his disc “Lionel Richie”.
Richie constantly led the American charts with his soulful ballads like “Truly” (1982) and “Hello” (1983). Every year for nine years his single written for himself or for other artists entered the Billboard Top chart. The most distinguished was the disc “Can Not Slow Down” (1984) and the award Grammy. Richie also had the honor of closing Olympic Games in Los Angeles with his performance.
In 1985, Ritchie composes the soundtrack to “White Nights” movie “Say You Say Me”. It has become a real hit and has been awarded numerously, including the Oscar. He and Michael Jackson made the title song “We Are the World”, which became the best-selling single of the year.
Although he has incendiary dance hit “All Night Long” in his repertoire, Richie is sometimes called “Black Barry Manilow” for his sentimental ballads.