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Lionel Richie

An Academy Award and Grammy award winning American singer, songwriter, record producer, and occasional actor, who has sold more than 100 million records.

As a student in Tuskegee, he formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960's. In 1968 he became the lead 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, being schooled as support act to the Jackson Five. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group.

Also in 1981, Richie sang a duet with Diana Ross in the theme song for the film Endless Love.

He released his self-titled debut in 1982.

The album sold over 4 million copies.

His 1983 follow up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won the Grammy Award for the Album of the Year in 1984.

His third album, Dancing on the Ceiling, which was released in 1986, spawned such hits as "Say You, Say Me", "Dancing on the Ceiling," and "Se La", but it also signified the end of his large commercial success.

On December 9, 2006, Richie hosted and performed live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie.

On February 11, 2007, Richie performed his 80s hit song "Hello" on the televised Grammy Awards show.

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."

Hits include

1981 "Endless Love"
1982 "Truly"
1983 "All Night Long (All Night)"
1984 "Hello"
1985 "Say You, Say Me"

All hits recorded on the Motown Label.

Noted Albums

1982 - Lionel Richie
1983 - Can't Slow Down
1986 - Dancing on the Ceiling
1992 - Back to Front (Compilation album)
1996 - Louder Than Words
1997 - Truly: The Love Songs (Compilation album)
1998 - Time
2000 - Renaissance
2002 - Encore (Live album)
2004 - Just for You
2006 - Coming Home

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