Fun Fact 2 Lionel Richie is extremely talented, in addition to his singing and song writing abilities, he is also a successful record producer and actor.
Fun Fact 3: Lionel Richie was signed up by Motown Records in 1968 when he was part of the famous group known as the Commodores.
Fun Fact 4: Lionel Richie became a successful solo artist in 1982 when he released his first solo album.
Fun Fact 5: Lionel Richie was raised by his mother and father in Tuskegee before later moving to Joliet, Illinois.
Fun Fact 6: At school, Lionel Richie was a very good tennis player. He attended Joliet Township High School where he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute.
Fun Fact 7: Lionel Richie was a member of the Commodores; a very successful band. To begin with, they were a support band to The Jackson 5. Over time, the band released a number of hits which are still played today.
Fun Fact 8: The famous song 'Endless Love' was originally a duet performed by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross. It was the theme song to the movie 'Endless Love'. The song became one of Motown's best-selling hits and it topped the charts, not just in America where is sold over 2 million copies alone, but also in the UK, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand.
Fun Fact 9: Lionel Richie has worked with lots of stars over the years. He is a talented songwriter who has written songs such as 'Lady' for Kenny Rogers.
Fun Fact 10: Following the success of 'Endless Love', Lionel Richie decided to go solo. He left the Commodores and began his solo adventure.
Fun Fact 11: In 1982, this American artist released a hit song called 'Truly'. This was just the start of things to come from this super-talented singer; Truly reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Fun Fact 12: Lionel Richie has won countless awards for his outstanding musical achievements. Some of his most famous hit songs are Say You, Say Me, Penny Lover, Stuck on You, Hello, All Night Long - the list of songs is endless!
Fun Fact 13: Lionel Richie has been married twice. His first marriage was to his college sweetheart, Brenda Harvey whom he was married to from 1975 until 1993. His second marriage was to Diana Alexander from 1995 to 2004.
Fun Fact 14: Lionel Richie has three children. His eldest child is called Nicole Richie. Lionel and his first wife adopted Nicole when she was two years old. They cared for her from the age of 2 and officially adopted her at the age of 9. His other two children are called Miles and Sofia whom he had with his second wife.
Fun Fact 15: Lionel Richie became a grandfather in 2008 when his eldest daughter Nicole gave birth to his granddaughter who is named Harlow Winter Kate Richie Madden.