Lionel Richie: Birthday

American singer-songwriter
Born: June 20, 1949

Lionel Richie is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He was born on June 20, 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Richie’s musical journey began in the 1960s when he became a member of the soul and R&B group called the Commodores, where he served as the lead vocalist and saxophonist.

As the frontman of the Commodores, Richie achieved considerable success with hit songs like “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Brick House.” However, his solo career truly skyrocketed in the 1980s, establishing him as one of the most successful and popular artists of the era.

Lionel Richie released his self-titled debut solo album in 1982, which included the chart-topping hit “Truly.” He continued to dominate the charts with numerous successful albums and singles, displaying his talent for crafting memorable pop and R&B tunes. Some of his other notable songs include “Hello,” “All Night Long (All Night),” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling.”

Throughout his career, Lionel Richie has received numerous accolades, including Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Say You, Say Me.” He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.

In addition to his musical achievements, Richie has been involved in various philanthropic endeavors. He co-wrote the charity single “We Are the World,” which raised funds for humanitarian aid in Africa, and has been actively involved in causes such as breast cancer research and education.

Lionel Richie’s contributions to music have made him an iconic figure in the industry. His soulful voice, engaging stage presence, and timeless hits have solidified his status as a music legend.

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Lionel Richie’s 5 most popular quotes

  • I think the whole world is dying to hear someone say, ‘I love you.’ I think that if I can leave the legacy of love and passion in the world, then I think I’ve done my job in a world that’s getting colder and colder by the day.
  • Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.
  • Today we’ve learned to celebrate mediocrity. Back in the day we had creative artists; today we have created artists.
  • I just like people. I’ll hold a conversation at a gas station. It’s not about the fame and the fortune, I just like people.
  • I find the greatest songs in the world come out of pain, and I don’t like it! Here’s what it does: It strips away all of your facade. It makes you so honest. It’s cleansing.
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