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Born in Alabama in 1949, Lionel Richie has become one of the biggest selling stars of the 20th century. Beginning his career in 1968 he was originally a member of the group 'The Commodores'. Being signed under Motown Records, The Commodores started out as a support act to The Jackson 5 before establishing themselves as a popular soul group. Lionel Richie was both a singer and saxophonist in the group. The Commodores released albums that offered upbeat and funky songs, before Richie began writing and singing more soulful ballads such as 'Three Times a Lady', 'Still', and 'Easy'. Throughout the 1970's, Richie accepted songwriting commissions from other artists, before launching a solo singing career in 1982. His debut album titled 'Lionel Richie' had three hit singles including the number one hit 'Truly'. The album catapulted him into international fame as a solo artist, with him being one of the most successful balladeers of the 80's. His follow up album Can't Slow Down, in 1983 won two Grammy Awards including the Album of the Year award. In 1984 he played the number one hit off the album 'All Night Long' at the closing ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. 1984 also saw 'Hello' released, which was his most successful ballad of the decade. In 1985, Richie was awarded an OSCAR for the hit 'Say You, Say Me', which was written for the film White Nights. The song was at number one for four weeks, making it the number two song of 1986 according to the Year-End Hot 100 Chart. His album 'Dancing on the Ceiling' was released in '86, and offered a number of hits including 'Say You, Say Me', 'Dancing on the Ceiling' and 'Se La'. In 1987 Richie took a break from his exhaustive work schedule, before returning in 1992 with a Greatest Hits album. His final and 10th studio album 'Tuskegee' was released in 2012.