By John Calhoun

Born in Alabama on June 20th 1949, Lionel Richie grew up on the campus of the Tuskegee Institute.

At 21 he became the lead singer of the Commodores.  They charted 19 Top-100 hits by the time Richie left the group in 1982.

His solo career started in 1981 and produced 5 number 1 hits. He’s a five-time Grammy winner and has sold over 100 million records.

Lionel Richie’s biggest song topped the charts for nine weeks in 1981. ¬†Endless Love was a duet with Diana Ross and the title song from the Brooke Shields movie.





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