Lionel Richie was an American singer and songwriter signed to Motown in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
He was a founding member of the Motown group The Commodores and led them through an incredibly successful period from the mid-1970s to early-1980s. He had already began doing some songwriting for other artists, and eventually left the group in 1982 for a solo career.
Throughout the 1980s he achieved huge success with albums like Lionel Richie and Dancing On The Ceiling, but took a break from the music industry towards the end of the decade. He later returned to recording and had released his last album for Motown by 1992.
After leaving the company he failed to replicate the success of previous albums in the 1990s, but his more recent work in the 2000s and 2010s has achieved more success. Lionel has continued to play at concerts and make frequent TV appearances, even becoming something of a phenomenon in the Arab world. He has stated that he would like to get The Commodores back together “or in the next ten years no one will care” and, as of today, remains very active.
Marvellous Motown currently recommends two songs by Lionel Richie – click on the link above for our archive or click on a specific song below: