Lionel Richie Tickets
People who were teens in the 1980s view Lionel Richie in one way and people who were born around 20 years earlier view him another. This is because Richie enjoyed success during the Motown years of the 60s and 70s and then had a sort of re-emergence in the 80s. His solo career was just as important as his years with the Commodores, and now fans of any of his music will enjoy catching him live during his 2017 tour with Mariah Carey.(read more below)
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Those who remember the songs of the Commodores may recall that they had a much funkier edginess than Richie's ballads and pop tunes of the 80s. This type of music actually evolved in Richie during the 70s when he worked with other recording artists and helped them write songs suited to their voices and audiences. By 1982 he was ready to perform his own work, and his massive hit "Truly" was released.
Richie was swept away by a wave of major success and kept on creating hits through this period. He topped Billboard charts constantly and literally had at least one top song every single year. In 1985, it was Richie along with Michael Jackson who created the "We are the World" collaboration that was dedicated to charitable causes.
By the time the 1990s rolled around, however, musical tastes were changing and songs like "Dancing on the Ceiling", "Say You, Say Me" and "Hello" were no longer in such demand. According to "All Music" it was in 1987 that his "nine-year streak of writing at least one number one single (a feat matched only by Irving Berlin) came to an end."
Richie did keep recording and performing, and even garnered a whole new audience when his music was featured in one of the "Grand Theft Auto" video games.
Over the course of his career he has made 11 albums and won Grammy awards many different times.
It is impossible to call someone who is still recording and performing a "classic", but the sounds that Richie has created over the many years of his career do qualify as some of modern music's most classic tunes and lyrics. From romantic ballads to get out of your seat and dance hits, he is a masterful singer, songwriter, and musician. Seeing him live is a treat not to be missed.