Lionel Richie (Composer)
Born: 20th June 1949, Tuskegee, Alabama, United States
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter and musician. During the 1970s, he recorded with the funk band the Commodores, and his solo career made him one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.
In 1968, Richie and fellow students at Tuskegee Institute formed the Commodores, and Richie served as their co-lead singer. Their debut album, Machine Gun in 1974, was a success; and over the next seven years they put out an additional eight studio albums, which contained a string of hits. Richie wrote many of the group's songs, especially their romantic, easy-listening ballads, including "Easy", "Sail On", and the Billboard #1 hits "Three Times a Lady" and "Still".