Lionel Richie is an American singer and songwriter who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best record sellers of all time.
He started his musical career when he was still a student by forming several R&B groups in the mid-60s.
Everything accelerates in 1968 when he becomes saxophonist but especially singer in the group "The Commodores".
He will especially stand out for the quality of his compositions, especially by composing ballads like "Easy", "Three times a lady", "Still" and "Sail on".
At the end of the 1970s, he even agreed to write for others.
This is how he wrote one of the monuments of 80s music across the Atlantic, namely the cult "Lady" by Kenny Rogers.
In 1981 he did it again by composing "Endless love" which he would perform in duet with Diana Ross and which would become a huge hit.
Thus in 1982, with all his personal success, he decided to stand on his own two feet and embarked on a solo career.
His first album “Lionel Richie” was released the same year and contained no less than 3 hits : “Truly”, “You are” and “My love”. The album will sell 4 million copies.
The year 1983 will propel him to the rank of superstar with the release of his second album "Can’t slow down" from which will be extracted the title which will reveal him to the whole world namely the enormous "All night long".
A year later, another huge hit was released, "Hello", in the middle of others like "Stuck on you", "Running with the night" and "Penny lover".
Finally, in 1985, a new musical monument with "Say you, say me", the first extract from the album "Dancing on the ceiling" which will be released in 1986 and which will be his last real success on the album side.
In 1987, exhausted, he decided to put his career on hold, in particular to take care of his sick father.
Thus prematurely putting an end to an exceptional career, a career which will have produced several ballads which will remain for some as among the most beautiful of all time.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Endless love 1981
• Truly 1982
• You are 1983
• My love 1983
• All night long 1983
• Running with the night 1983
• Hello 1984
• Stuck on you 1984
• Penny lover 1984
• Say you say me 1985
• Dancing on the ceiling 1986
• Love will conquer all 1986
• Ballerina girl 1986
• Deep river woman 1987
• Se la 1987
• Do it to me 1992
• My destiny 1992
• Love, oh love 1992
• Don't wanna lose you 1996
• Ordinary girl 1996
• Still in love 1996
• Time 1998
• Closest thing to heaven 1998
Commodores Adventure :
1981 ... the HUGE hit that will launch his solo career. A first WONDER which announces so many others and which shows above all that this man does indeed have an already extraordinary talent ...
1982 ... an incredible talent and inspiration which knows no limits, the proof with this new title. In just 2 solo tracks, the singer is already starting to crush the competition ...
1983 ... the tempo accelerates slowly but surely. The singer begins to show a versatility of styles which will allow him to become in a few years one of the greatest singers of this end of the XXth century ...
1983 ... a last ballad of very large caliber before the ignition of the Dancefloor. A talent for the Intimist among the very best of the moment and it is not ready to stop, that's for sure !
1983 ... the HUGE interplanetary tube which makes him definitively enter the musical legend of the 80s. Surely one of the biggest Dance hits of the decade and of this end of the XXth century. MAS-TER-FUL !
1983 ... the year with 4 mega hits ! A record for the artist and a well-deserved consecration for one of the most talented artists of the past 20 years. And he has not yet shown the full extent of his talent !
1984 ... what will remain one of the most incredible Ultimate Slows of the decade. He had already produced a package but this one will remain as his Masterpiece ! MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1984 ... new sweet break of very large caliber, another one! Between the Commodores and his solo career, how many will he have written in the end ? 5, 10, 15, more ...? It's incredible...
1984 ... and he continues ! But where does he get such inspiration ? A real Alien, there are no other words !
1985 ... and another new WONDER !! He connects them at a staggering speed and everything seems so easy for him that the competition has only his eyes to cry. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... from time to time, he puts the potato back and offers himself some mega Dance hits. An extraordinary versatility which makes him a real musical war machine !
1986 ... the undisputed King of the romantic ballad. Unquestionably one of the greatest composers of this end of the XXth century in this very particular field ...
1986 ... another proof of this extraordinary writing talent. Time is magically suspended and everything literally floats in the air ...
1987 ... a duo for the least original where we find the Alabama group more specially accustomed to doing in the high-end Country. Anyway, and whatever the universes of each, the result is up to par !
1987 ... the years go by and the quality does not weaken by an Iota. We say that at some point, the level of genius inspiration of the artist will weaken. For the moment everything is stable and it's off to last a few more years !
1992 ... big air hole of 5 years which sees the singer disappear from the radars in a very surprising way. Here he is back in this year 1992 in a form that we will call certain. The essential is therefore preserved !
1992 ... a year 1992 which saw him come back in force and again inspired like never before. And so much the better because his pure and simple disappearance would have been completely incomprehensible !
1992 ... even if the style, like the sound, has changed, the fact remains that the level of inspiration remains among the best of the moment. The adventure continues therefore more beautiful !
1996 ... a decade 90 much more complicated to manage than the previous one. Fewer mega hits and more air holes with a 4 year cut this time. But he still manages to deliver us some nuggets of which he has the secret, that's already it !
1996 ... his last notorious hit of the decade. Anyway, a career far from over ... because the gentleman still has it underway. And the following decade will prove it vividly ...
1996 ... a continuation, and above all, a disappointing end of the 1990s, despite a quality that is still in order. But the competition is bloated and is getting harder and harder to counter ...
1998 ... he slowly but surely loses contact with the leading pack. Who would blame him when we see all the wonders he has produced before!
1998 ... the end of the 1990s sees the singer obtaining a last major success. Certainly minor compared to everything he has known, but it's still better than nothing. See you for the next decade !
Top Bonus: 1980, the jewel offered by Richie to Kenny Rogers. One of the most beautiful romantic ballads of the past 35 years, just that !
Top Bonus: when 2 of the biggest stars of all time push the song together, here is the result !
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