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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 -- '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 >

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 >

- 62 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 >

- 123 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 >

- 133 days ago
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 >

- 345 days ago
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 >

- 591 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 >

- 600 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 >

- 681 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 >

- 983 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 >

- 988 days ago

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