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Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, composer, producer and occasional actor.
His fame began when he was the front man for the Commodores, a nationally popular Motown band during the 1970s. They had several hits such as "Easy", "Three Times A Lady", and "Brick House". Richie departed the Commodores in 1981 for a solo career, becoming one of the most successful artists of the Eighties, with five number 1 hits and thirteen consecutive Top 10 hits in the U.S.
He released his self-titled debut in 1982. The album hit #3 on the music charts and 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, 1986's Dancing on the Ceiling spawned such hits as "Say You, Say Me," "Dancing on the Ceiling," and "Se La", but it would be the end of his large commercial success.
His albums in the '90s such as Back to Front, Louder Than Words, and Time all failed to achieve the previous decade's commerc...
|Born||June 20, 1949|
|Instrument||Singing, piano/keyboard instrument|