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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

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Lionel Richie -- Olympic Performances Aren't a Big Deal ... Super Bowl is Where It's At

Lionel Richie
Olympic Performances Aren't a Big Deal Super Bowl is Where It's At

Lionel Richie says his performance at the 1984 Olympics was awesome ... but these days Sochi is no match for the Super BowlRichie was strutting out of LAX Friday night when he told us his '84… READ MORE >

Lionel Richie -- New Michael Jackson Molestation Claims Are 'Bogus'

Lionel Richie
New MJ Molestation Claims Are 'Bogus'

Michael Jackson's longtime friend Lionel Richie is scoffing at the new molestation claim against the King of Pop ... telling TMZ, Wade Robson's abuse allegations are "bogus."As we first reported,… READ MORE >

- 344 days ago
Lionel Richie Sings First Ever Duet with 14 Y.O. Daughter [VIDEO]

Lionel Richie
Sings FIRST EVER Duet With 14 Y.O. Daughter [VIDEO]

Historic moment in the Richie family last night -- Lionel shared the stage with his 14-year-old daughter for the FIRST TIME ... singing everyone's favorite song "Hello" ... and it was pretty… READ MORE >

- 353 days ago
Lionel Richie -- Hillary Clinton 4 President!

Lionel Richie
Hillary 4 Prez!

Lionel Richie is already taking sides in the 2016 Presidential election -- telling TMZ he's a huge Hillary Clinton fan ... even though she still hasn't confirmed if she'll be running yet.For the… READ MORE >

- 433 days ago
IRS to Lionel Richie: Hello ... It's $1.1 Million We're Looking For

IRS to Lionel Richie:
Hello, It's $1.1 Million We're Looking For

For most people ... a $1.1 million debt to the IRS is a REALLY BIG DEAL ... but when you're Lionel Richie and worth an estimated $200 mil ... it's probably just a nuisance. According to documents… READ MORE >

- 735 days ago
Lionel Richie: Good Genes or Good Docs?

Lionel Richie
Good Genes or Good Docs?

Currently having the #2 album in the country isn't the only reason Lionel Richie should be dancing on the ceiling.Here's the 36-year-old Best Song Oscar winner back in 1986 (left) -- and 26 years… READ MORE >

- 740 days ago
Darius Rucker & Lionel Richie -- Stuck On You ... All Night Long

Darius Rucker
Stuck On You ... All Night Long

Darius Rucker's new duet with Lionel Richie got one TMZer up and dancing (kinda sorta) ... but even bigger -- the bombshell DR dropped about some classic Hootie history!Check out TMZ on TV --… READ MORE >

- 751 days ago
Richie: Hello? Is It Me You're Looking For?

Richie:
Hello? Is It Me You're Looking For?

Lionel Richie returned home last night to find his street barricaded off by the Bev Hills PD -- someone went thievin' in his neighborhood?!Though his home was spared, cops responded to an armed… READ MORE >

- 2032 days ago
Lionel Richie: He of Big Money and Little Faith

Lionel Richie:
He of Big Money And Little Faith

Lionel Richie opened up a huge trust fund for baby Harlow -- but it sounds like he's doing it because he doesn't have that much trust in Nicole. //  READ MORE >

- 2089 days ago
Lionel Richie:  Don't Derail My Ho Train!

Lionel Richie:
Don't Derail My Ho Train!

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- 2146 days ago

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