Lionel Richie

Born Jun 20, 1949

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. 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".… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lionel Richie.


1949 Birth Born on June 20, 1949.


1968 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores. … Read More


1975 26 Years Old On October 18, 1975, Richie married his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey. … Read More


1980 - 1981 2 More Events
1982 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. … Read More
1983 34 Years Old His 1983 follow-up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. … Read More
1984 35 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1984, Richie performed "All Night Long" at the closing ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Games in Los Angeles. … Read More
1985 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Richie wrote and performed "Say You, Say Me" for the film White Nights.
The song won an Oscar for his efforts and reached #1 on the U.S. charts, staying there for four weeks, making it the #2 song of 1986 according to Billboards Year-End Hot 100 chart, behind the charity single "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne and Friends. … Read More
1987 38 Years Old By 1987, Richie was exhausted from his work schedule and took time away from his career to take care of his father in Alabama. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old He would later separate from Harvey and, in 1988, she allegedly discovered Richie and Alexander together in a Beverly Hills hotel room by saying she was "room service." … Read More


1992 43 Years Old Richie made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.
1993 44 Years Old Richie and Harvey divorced on August 9, 1993, after being married nearly 18 years.
1995 46 Years Old Richie married Diane Alexander on December 21, 1995. They have a son, Miles Brockman (born May 27, 1994), and a daughter, Sofia Richie (born August 24, 1998). The marriage ended in 2003.
1996 47 Years Old Since then, his ever-more-relaxed schedule has kept his recording and live work to a minimum. He broke the silence in 1996 with Louder Than Words, on which he resisted any change of style or the musical fashion-hopping of the past decade, sticking instead with his chosen path of well-crafted soul music, which in the intervening years has become known as contemporary R&B. … Read More


2000 51 Years Old Richie was the headliner at a 2000 Fourth of July tribute concert with Fantasia Barrino at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
On May 7, 2006, Richie performed on the main stage (Acura Stage) at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, replacing Antoine "Fats" Domino, who had fallen ill.
2007 58 Years Old On November 25, 2007, he made a surprise appearance on the Australian Idol grand finale performing "All Night Long (All Night)" at the Sydney Opera House.
Richie became a grandfather on January 11, 2008, when Nicole Richie gave birth to a baby girl, Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden, with the lead singer of Good Charlotte, Joel Madden. … Read More


2009 60 Years Old 1 More Event
He also performed on the 2009 season finale for American Idol with Danny Gokey. … Read More
2010 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 30, 2010, Richie performed at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C., singing "Stuck on You" and "America the Beautiful.
2011 - 2012 2 More Events
2013 64 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 7, 2013, Richie announced on NBC's The Today Show that he will launch "All the Hits All Night Long", his first North American tour in over a decade. … Read More
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