Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross.Issued as a single, the song topped the Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown's biggest hits. He made his return to recording and performing following the release of his first greatest-hits collection, Back to Front, in 1992.
On March 26, 2012, Richie released his tenth studio album, Tuskegee.
It features 13 of his hit songs performed as duets with country stars including Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, Jason Aldean, Tim Mc Graw, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. S., the album returned him to the top of the Billboard 200 chart, his first number one album there for more than 25 years, and achieved Platinum status within six weeks of release.
In 1986, Richie released Dancing on the Ceiling, his last widely popular album, which produced a run of five US and UK hits, "Say You, Say Me" (U. The first single of the album was "I Call It Love" and was premiered in July 2006, becoming his biggest hit in the U. Two months later, he performed "Hello" on the 49th Grammy Awards show.
On May 2, 2008, Richie was the 21st recipient of the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA's annual Spring Sing.
Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as "Machine Gun" and "Brick House." Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still", and the tragic breakup ballad "Sail On".
By the late 1970s, Richie had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. 1 in 1980, and produced Rogers's album Share Your Love the following year.
(born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.
Beginning in 1968, he was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores and then launched a solo career in 1982.
In May 2017, Lionel Richie was honored at Berklee College of Music during the 2017 Commencement Concert where graduating students performed a medley of his discography.