Happy Birthday Lionel Richie
Birthday wishes to Lionel Richie who celebrates today (June 20). He was born Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. in Tuskegee, Alabama and graduated from the Tuskegee Institute with a degree in economics. While he was a student at Tuskegee he was a member of several R&B groups. He joined the Commodores in 1968 as a singer and saxophonist and the band had numerous hits including "Brick House," "Easy" and "Three Times A Lady." Richie launched his solo career and went on to write for other artists including the song "Lady" which became a number one hit for Kenny Rogers in 1980. Lionel released a new album this year, Tuskegee, which placed the singer back at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. The set has Richie revisiting his collection of hits as duets with todays top country artists. Lionel recently performed on the Australia version of 'The Voice' and plans a European tour this fall.