Richie - Biography
Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr.
(born June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama) is an American musician
and pop singer, most famous for a series of hits during the 1980s.
Richie got his start with The
Commodores, writing most of their hits in the late 1970s, including
"Three Times a Lady" and "Still". By 1980, though, the media had
begun to focus on Richie and he left to embark on a solo career the
next year. That year his duet with Diana Ross "Endless Love" from
the film of the same name spent nine weeks atop Billboard's pop
Lionel Richie (1982) was an
instant success and became one of the top-selling albums of the
year. Can't Slow Down was even more successful, and
established Richie's reputation as a superstar.
Weeks prior to the end of the 1984
Summer Olympics, Los Angeles promoters announced that the closing
ceremonies would feature a surprise guest. Many speculated that it
would be Michael Jackson. The secret was kept right up until the
climax of the ceremonies, when the spotlight hit Richie. He
performed "All Night Long" to a live television audience of 2.3
In 1985, Richie co-wrote, with
Michael Jackson: "We Are the World", recorded as part of USA for
Africa. His next big success was in 1986, with Dancing on the
Ceiling. Compared to the previous two efforts, Dancing on the
Ceiling didn't sell as well and Richie retired one year later.
In 1990, Richie and his first wife
formally adopted 9 year old Nicole Escovedo. The child of Richie
band member Peter Escovedo III, brother of Sheila E, and a woman
identified only as an assistant on Richie's 1980 world tour, Nicole
had been living with them since she was 3. She is best known as the
best friend of heiress Paris Hilton, and co-star of the reality
series The Simple Life. Michael Jackson is her godfather.
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