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Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly". Richie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. His grandfather's house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and graduated with a major in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before

Lionel Richie Undergoes Knee Surgery, Concert with Mariah Carey Put On Hold

Lionel Richie
Undergoes Knee Surgery Concert with Mariah On Hold

Lionel Richie's knee is recovering and his 35-show concert tour with Mariah Carey has been put on hold ... TMZ has learned. We're told Lionel had a preexisting knee problem that was causing… READ MORE >

Nicole Richie -- Boogies Down For 35th Birthday Disco Bash (PHOTO GALLERY)

Nicole Richie
Boogies Down 35th Birthday Disco Bash

Nicole Richie turned 35 this week ... and she continued feelin' the funk into the weekend. Richie celebrated Saturday night at the Standard Hotel with a pretty awesome disco theme. Among those in… READ MORE >

- 186 days ago
Lionel Richie -- It's Squirm Time Over Justin and Sofia (VIDEO)

Lionel Richie
It's Squirm Time Over Justin and Sofia

Lionel Richie is always awesome and open, which makes this clip all the more revealing because he wanted to talk about anything BUT his 18-year-old daughter's relationship with Justin… READ MORE >

- 207 days ago
Lionel Richie -- Hello, Would You Like To Buy My Makeup?

Lionel Richie
Hello, Would You Like To Buy My Makeup?

Lionel Richie wants you to stay pretty all night long -- and that appears to be the hook for the cosmetic line he wants to launch. The singer launched his new business endeavor last week when his… READ MORE >

- 334 days ago
Natalie Cole -- Unforgettable at Grammy Heavy Funeral (PHOTOS)

Natalie Cole
Unforgettable At Grammy Heavy Funeral

Natalie Cole was eulogized by an all-star lineup of Grammy winners. Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie and Smokey Robinson all attended and paid tribute to the singer at West Angeles Church of God in… READ MORE >

- 443 days ago
Lionel Richie -- Going Hard in Greece ... ALL NIGHT LONG (VIDEO)

Lionel Richie
Going Hard in Greece ... All Night Long!!

Lionel Richie jumped on a table in a bar, and gave a bunch of drunk tourists a night to remember ... when the DJ cued up his famous party anthem. The awesome scene went down on Mykonos ... where… READ MORE >

- 591 days ago
Lionel Richie -- 'Quite Honored' ... Messi Was Named After Me

Lionel Richie
'QUITE HONORED' Messi Was Named After Me

There would be no Lionel Messi ... without Lionel Richie ... and the singer tells TMZ Sports he was "quite honored" when he learned the soccer star was named in his honor. Turns out, Messi's… READ MORE >

- 889 days ago
Lionel Richie -- I'm Not Khloe Kardashian's Father! (VIDEO)

Lionel Richie
Once and For all ... I'm Not Khloe's Dad!

Lionel Richie didn't answer immediately when we asked him if the rumor was true that he's Khloe Kardashian's dad ... but he answered definitively.Khloe's paternity made headlines again when a… READ MORE >

- 891 days ago
The Commodores --  Sue Former Member ... You're 3 Times a Douchebag

The Commodores
Sue Singer You're 3 Times a Douchebag

The Commodores -- who famously and shockingly survived Lionel Richie's departure back in the 80s -- are now suing an ex-member ... accusing him of jacking the group's name.According to the lawsuit… READ MORE >

- 952 days ago
Lionel Richie -- Pays IRS Brickhouse More than a Mil

Lionel Richie
Pays IRS Brickhouse More than a MIl

Lionel Richie isn't like us ... when he owes $1.1 MILLION in back taxes, he just pulls out his checkbook and pays.The IRS slapped him with a tax lien back in 2012 ... for allegedly failing to… READ MORE >

- 962 days ago

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