After working for around 14 years with the Commodores, Lionel Ritchie launched his solo career in 1982 with his debut album Lionel Richie. The album spawned the #1 hit single titled “Truly”. The release of his debut album which sold more than four million copies led him to be named as one of the 1980s most successful and popular balladeers.
It was followed by the release of his sophomore album titled Can’t Slow Down which sold twice as much as his debut album. It was named Album of the Year and won him two Grammy awards. It spawned the single titled “All Night Long” which peaked at #1 on US music charts.
Eventually, it was followed by the release of his other albums titled Dancing on the Ceiling, Back to Front, Louder Than Words, Time, Renaissance, Just for You, Coming Home, Symphonica is Rosso, Just Go, and Tuskegee.
Some of his other hit singles include “Hello”, “Stuck on You”, “Penny Lover”, “Running with the Night”, “Say You, Say Me”, “We Are The World”, ”Dancing on the Ceiling”, “Say You, Say Me”, ”Ballerina Girl”, and “Se La”.
Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. was born on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA.