83 Facts About Lionel Richie

1. In 1985 Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with pop icon Michael Jackson to raise money for African famine relief; the song generated some $50 million in donations and received a Grammy for song of the year.

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2. Lionel Richie will perform at the Grandstand the night before Carlile.

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3. In 1980, Lionel Richie wrote the No 1 hit "Lady" for Kenny Rogers.

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4. In 1985 Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with pop icon Michael Jackson to raise money for African famine relief; the song generated some $50 million in donations and received a Grammy for song of the year.

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5. In 1985 Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with pop icon Michael Jackson to raise money for African famine relief; the song generated some $50 million in donations and received a Grammy for song of the year.

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6. In 1985 Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with pop icon Michael Jackson to raise money for African famine relief; the song generated some $50 million in donations and received a Grammy for song of the year.

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7. Lionel Richie moved to the Mercury label in the 1990s, and after a long break from recording, released the modestly successful Louder Than Words and Time (1998); these discs largely avoided any updating of Richie's sound with contemporary hip-hop influences.

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8. Lionel Richie moved to the Mercury label in the 1990s, releasing the modestly successful Louder Than Words and Time (1998); these discs largely avoided any updating of Richie's sound with contemporary hip-hop influences.

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9. Lionel Richie played to his strengths on his debut solo album, Lionel Richie, which was released in 1982.

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10. Lionel Richie had to pay a big price as alimony to his ex-wife Diane.

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11. Lionel Richie married her after college and had an adopted daughter named Nicole Richie.

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12. Lionel Richie was the featured performer at the Foundation's Soiree Bouquet, the annual spring gala, in 2003.

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13. Lionel Richie considered becoming an Episcopal priest instead of taking up a career in music.

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14. Lionel Richie became a grandfather in 2008 when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden.

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15. Lionel Richie performed on the 2009 season finale for American Idol with Danny Gokey.

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16. On December 9, 2006, Lionel Richie hosted and performed live on the British television show An Audience with Lionel Richie.

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17. Lionel Richie collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single "We Are the World" by USA for Africa, another number-one hit.

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18. Lionel Richie was replaced as lead singer for the Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983.

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19. Lionel Richie is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, a national honor fraternity for band members, and an active life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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20. Lionel Richie tied the knot with his college love Brenda Harvey on October 18, 1975.

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21. Lionel Richie was having dinner with his friend and physician Lloyd Greig when he had an epiphany about the song.

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22. Lionel Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama and spent his childhood there and his teenage years in Joliet, Illinois.

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23. Lionel Richie is an American pop singer, best known for his 1980s songs.

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24. Lionel Richie has celebrated the total number of 69 birthdays till date.

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25. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie jumped all in when it came to creating, "We are the world.

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26. In 1985, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie joined forces to write a song titled, "We are the World.

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27. Lionel Richie accumulated the High schooler Decision Honor in 2005 in the class of Decision television Character: Female.

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28. Lionel Richie was conceived in Berkeley, California on September 21, 1981, to guardians Dwindle Michael Escovedo and Karen Greenery.

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29. Lionel Richie called Quincy Jones, who was sitting beside Jackson and the two artists decided to write the song.

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30. Lionel Richie called leaving the group to go solo in 1982 "The hardest thing I ever did.

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31. Lionel Richie met his Commodore bandmates while a freshman at Tuskegee Institute and he revealed how their first gig, at a freshman talent show, changed his life.

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32. Lionel Richie might have done a facelift and Botox which is very popular in the United States.

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33. Lionel Richie married Brenda Harvey, his college sweetheart on October 18, 1975.

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34. Lionel Richie has enjoyed immense success as a member of the Commodores, helping the band produce major hits like Brickhouse, Easy and Three Times a Lady.

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35. Lionel Richie released his 8th studio album titled 'Coming Home' on September 12, 2006.

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36. Lionel Richie performed All Night Long at the closing ceremony of the 23rd Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

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37. Lionel Richie is an activist for breast cancer awareness and has raised $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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38. In 2012, Lionel Richie released his album Tuskegee which features 13 of his hit songs in a country style.

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39. Lionel Richie headlined the 2000 Fourth of July concert at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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40. Lionel Richie helped Michael Jackson to co-write the famine relief song We Are The World in 1985.

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41. Lionel Richie started to write songs for other artists, like Kenny Rogers.

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42. Lionel Richie has kids from each marriage, and he simply adores them.

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43. On June 28, 2015, Lionel Richie played to an appreciative 100,000—120,000 audience at the Glastonbury Festival, England.

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44. On July 7, 2009, Lionel Richie performed "Jesus is Love" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.

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45. Lionel Richie released his eighth studio album entitled "Coming Home" on September 12, 2006.

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46. Lionel Richie was the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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47. Lionel Richie seriously considered studying divinity to become a priest with the Episcopal Church, but ultimately decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career.

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48. Lionel Richie has helped to raise over $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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49. Lionel Richie seriously considered studying divinity to become a priest with the Episcopal Church.

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50. Lionel Richie is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.

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51. On December 21, 1995, Lionel Richie walked down the aisle with Alexander.

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52. Lionel Richie was still married to his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey, when he got into a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986.

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53. Lionel Richie was married twice, his second marriage was to former dancer Diane Alexander.

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54. Lionel Richie currently has three children who are Nicole, Miles, and Sofia.

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55. In 2016, Lionel Richie was dating model Lisa Parigi who works for Facebook, and he was considering having babies with her, but he was afraid of the experience he had with his ex-wives.

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56. Lionel Richie left The Commodores in 1982, and was replaced by J D Nicholas.

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57. Lionel Richie achieved a string of successes matched by few other popular songwriters, with his compositions rising to the Number One position on the US pop singles chart at least once in every year between 1977 and 1985.

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58. In 1982 Lionel Richie decided to leave the Commodores to pursue a solo career, though his decision was not due to conflicts within the group.

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59. Lionel Richie eventually enrolled in Tuskegee Institute; his initial goal was to become an Episcopal priest.

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60. In 2001 Lionel Richie signed with a new label, Island, and released Renaissance, a collection of mostly up-tempo tracks designed to push him even further in a contemporary direction.

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61. In 1982 Lionel Richie left the Commodores for a solo career and made his career breakthrough with Can't Slow Down, which sold over 10 million copies.

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62. Lionel Richie was raised on the campus of Alabama's prestigious Tuskegee Institute, where his grandmother gave classes in classical piano and his mother taught elementary school.

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63. Lionel Richie found himself in the spotlight in 2003 and 2004 when his daughter, Nicole, starred in the reality television show Simple Life with hotel heiress Paris Hilton.

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64. In 2000 Lionel Richie raised his profile somewhat when he appeared as the opening act on the farewell tour of soul superstar Tina Turner, and planned a new release, Renaissance, that featured the teen-oriented Backstreet Boys.

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65. In 1985 Lionel Richie wrote "We Are the World" with pop icon Michael Jackson to raise money for African famine relief; the song generated some $50 million in donations and received a Grammy for song of the year.

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66. In 1974, the year that Lionel Richie graduated from the Tuskegee Institute with a bachelor's degree in economics, the Commodores signed with the Motown label.

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67. In 2017, it was announced that Lionel Richie would be a judge on the 2018 reboot of the singing-competition show American Idol, alongside pop princess Katy Perry and country hunk Luke Bryan.

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68. Lionel Richie has two children with Alexander, son Miles and daughter Sophia, both models.

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69. Lionel Richie was the first person to receive an RIAA diamond album award.

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70. In 1986, while still married to Harvey, Lionel Richie began a relationship with Diane Alexander.

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71. On October 18, 1975, Lionel Richie married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey.

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72. Lionel Richie was against the war, but says he could see a day when he would come and perform in Baghdad.

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73. In recent years, Lionel Richie has become a phenomenon in various Arab states, and has performed in Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Libya.

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74. In September 2017, ABC announced that Lionel Richie would be a judge for the revival of American Idol.

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75. In May 2017, Lionel Richie was honored at Berklee College of Music during the 2017 Commencement Concert where graduating students performed a medley of his discography.

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76. On March 26, 2012, Lionel Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee.

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77. On July 7, 2009, Lionel Richie performed "Jesus is Love" at Michael Jackson's memorial service.

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78. On December 31, 2008, Lionel Richie performed in Times Square for the New Year's Eve celebration and ball drop.

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79. Lionel Richie released his eighth studio album titled "Coming Home" on September 12, 2006.

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80. Lionel Richie was the headliner at a 2006 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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81. Lionel Richie seriously considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but ultimately decided he was not "priest material" and decided to continue his musical career.

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82. Lionel Richie recently joined the party too, launching a bed and bath collection with US department store JCPenney.

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83. Lionel Richie has created a line of soft goods for JC Penney.

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