Top 20 Lionel Richie and The Commodores Hits

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, in 1949. He was raised on the campus of Tuskegee Institute where his grandfather worked. He received a tennis scholarship and attended Tuskegee Institute where he graduated with a degree in economics.

During the mid 1960’s, Lionel was a member of a number of R&B groups. He joined The Jays in 1968 as their vocalist and saxophonist. Because the name The Jays was too close to The O’Jays, they changed their name to The Commodores. Other original members in The Commodores included, William King, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread, and Walter “Clyde” Orange.

Motown Records signed The Commodores to be an opening act for The Jackson Five, but soon they became an extremely popular soul group on their own.

By the early 1980’s, Lionel was penning songs for other artists, including, Kenny Rogers, who took Lionel’s composition “Lady” to number one on Billboard’s Singles Charts. He was also recording solo in the early eighties and he officially left The Commodores in 1983. He was replaced with Skyler Jett as the lead singer.

In 1985, he teamed with Michael Jackson to write 토토 꽁머니 and record “We Are The World” as part of the USA For Africa ensemble.

On the charts, Lionel, as a solo artist and with The Commodores hit the Top 40 charts thirty times and went to number one on seven occasions. Here are the Top 10 Lionel Richie hits and the Top 10 Commodores hits, according to Billboard’s Weekly Top 40 charts.

Lionel Richie

1. Endless Love – 1981 – Lionel’s first solo effort was actually a duet with Diana Ross, from the film of the same title and went to number one for nine weeks.

2. All Night Long (All Night) – 1983 – He performed this #1 song at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and, more recently, on the finale of American Idol in 2009.

3. Say You, Say Me – 1985 – More movie music, this time from the film “White Knights” starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.

4. Hello – 1984 – The third single from the “Can’t Slow Down” album, which spawned five Top 10 singles.

5. Truly – 1982 – From his first solo album, this song won Lionel a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocalist Performance.

6. Dancing On The Ceiling – 1986 – The music video to this song is reminiscent to the 1951 Fred Astaire film, “Royal Wedding” and features cameos by comedians Rodney Dangerfield and Cheech Marin.

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