Lionel Richie is the musical powerhouse that can perform anything from soul music to catchy pop tunes. The classic artist most recently came back to the stage in a tour with CeeLo Green. Lionel Richie tickets can be found below.
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Lionel Richie was born Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama. When Richie was still growing up, his family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where his mother, Alberta, was a high school principle and his father worked at Joliet Arsenal. Richie graduated from Joliet Township High School and got his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee Institute. While still in college, he assisted in forming the R&B group The Commodores where he sang and played the saxophone. The Commodores signed on to Atlantic Records in 1968 and then Motown Records soon after. The soul group, famous for songs such as "Brick House" peaked in the 1970s, wherein Richie began writing songs for himself and other artists.
While still a part of The Commodores, Richie sang a duet with Diana Ross for the movie Endless Love, which turned into the platinum single that jump-started Richie's solo career. Soon after he left The Commodores in 1982, he produced a single entitled "Truly" from his self-titled debut album which became number one in the US. His sophomore album, Can't Slow Down, skyrocketed Richie to stardom, winning multiple awards and containing the number one single "All Night Long." Other major hits for that decade include "Hello" and "Stuck on You," released in 1984.
In 1986, Richie released his next album, Dancing on the Ceiling, which featured the songs "Say You, Say Me" and "Dancing on the Ceiling." Though this was his last widely popular album, Richie has sold more than 100 million copies of his various albums, and has won many awards which include an Oscar and a Golden Globe among others. He has not stopped making music, either. His most recent album, Tuskegee,was released in 2012, and Lionel Richie tours continue to be popular.