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Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Highest Rated: 98% The Greatest Night in Pop (2024)

Lowest Rated: 62% The Preacher's Wife (1996)

Birthday: Jun 20, 1949

Birthplace: Tuskegee, Alabama, USA

If Lionel Richie had only been the frontman for The Commodores he would have earned a place in music history, but his subsequent solo career made him a superstar in the '80s and beyond. Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on June 20, 1949, where he began playing in bands in the '60s. In 1968, he and some members of his band The Mystics merged with members of another local band, The Jays, to form The Commodores. Though the band would later become famous for a pop-friendly R&B approach, their early sound was far edgier and funkier. With Richie on vocals, keyboards, and sax, The Commodores released their debut album, Machine Gun, in 1974, scoring a hit with the instrumental title track. By 1976 they were reaching the upper rungs of the Top 40 with hits like "Sweet Love" and "Just To Be Close To You." But they became bona fide pop stars the following year with the ubiquitous smashes "Easy" and "Brick House." Though Richie wasn't the band's only singer/songwriter, his name became synonymous with The Commodores by the time of hit ballads like 1978's "Three Times a Lady" and 1979's "Still." By the beginning of the '80s he was penning pop hits for others, like Kenny Rogers' "Lady." A solo career seemed imminent, and after 1981's In the Pocket, he left The Commodores, releasing his hugely successful, self-titled solo album in 1982, featuring the hits "You Are," "Truly," and "My Love." 1983 blockbuster follow-up Can't Slow Down was the biggest album of Richie's career, eventually achieving Diamond status and including No. 1 hits "Hello" and "All Night Long." 1986's Dancing on the Ceiling boasted huge hits too, like the title track and "Say You, Say Me." Richie's profile dipped with his '90s releases, but he experienced something of a comeback with 2006's Coming Home, his first Gold album in a decade. And in 2012 he earned his first No. 1 album since the '80s by shifting direction with Tuskegee, a country-flavored album on which he partnered with top country singers on new versions of his classic tunes.

Highest rated movies

62% The Preacher's Wife

Photos

Lionel Richie Lionel Richie at arrivals for The 52nd Annual CMA Awards - Arrivals, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN November 14, 2018. Photo By: Derek Storm/Everett Collection Lionel Richie at arrivals for SAG-AFTRA Foundation''s Patron of the Artists Awards, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, CA November 9, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Lionel Richie at arrivals for 47th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards - ARRIVALS 2, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV April 1, 2012. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Lionel Richie at arrivals for 47th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards - ARRIVALS 2, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV April 1, 2012. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY, The Commodores, (top: Walter 'Clyde' Orange, Lionel Richie, Ronald LePread, bottom: William A. King (center), 1978, © Columbia Pictures American Idol, Lionel Richie, 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Lionel Richie, Danny Gokey, Season 8, 1/13/2009, ©FOX THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY, Donna Summer (Center), Lionel Richie (right center), The Commodores, 1978 THE PREACHER'S WIFE, Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie, 1996, (c)Buena Vista Pictures Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lionel Richie (L), Jimmy Kimmel (R), 'Episode 4', Season 2, Ep. #4, 01/09/2004, ©ABC Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lionel Richie (L), Jimmy Kimmel (R), 'Episode 4', Season 2, Ep. #4, 01/09/2004, ©ABC The Talk, Lionel Richie, 10/18/2010, ©CBS The 35th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, Lionel Richie, 12/26/2012, ©CBS The Talk, Lionel Richie, 10/18/2010, ©CBS American Idol, Lionel Richie (L), Danny Gokey (R), 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Lionel Richie (L), Danny Gokey (R), 06/11/2002, ©FOX American Idol, Lionel Richie, Danny Gokey, Season 8, 1/13/2009, ©FOX American Idol, Lionel Richie, Danny Gokey, Season 8, 1/13/2009, ©FOX The Voice, Geoff McBride (L), Lionel Richie (R), 'The Battles, Week 2', Season 2, Ep. #7, 03/12/2012, ©NBC

Filmography

Movies

Credit
98% 89% The Greatest Night in Pop Self,
Producer
- 2024
78% 64% David Foster: Off the Record Self - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nathan East: For the Record Self - 2014
62% 42% The Preacher's Wife Britsloe (Character) $48.1M 1996

TV

Credit
68% No Score Yet American Idol Judge 2018-2024
No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
Guest
2012 2016 2018-2024
No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021 2023
No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2016 2019-2023
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2021
64% 100% Nikki Fre$h Unknown (Character),
Guest
2020
No Score Yet 76% The Rookie Self (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet 52% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Music Performer,
Guest
2012-2013 2018
No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2017
No Score Yet 59% The Voice Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
2012 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alan Carr: Chatty Man Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer 2012 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet America's Got Talent Music Performer 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008
85% 77% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Simple Life Self 2006
No Score Yet 66% Top Gear Guest 2004
No Score Yet 71% Felicity Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Music Performer 1982