Music / Lionel Richie

"Hello, it is me you're looking for?"

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for his stint with the Commodores before becoming one of pop music's greatest artists. The Daily Telegraph ranked his performance at the 2015 Glastonbury Festival the number one act of the weekend.note 

That Other Wiki has a rundown on his life and career.

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  • Lionel Richie (1982)
  • Can't Slow Down (1983)
  • Dancing on the Ceiling (1986)
  • Back to Front (1992) (Compilation album with three new songs)
  • Louder Than Words (1996)
  • Time (1998)
  • Renaissance (2000)
  • Just for You (2004)
  • Coming Home (2006)
  • Just Go (2009)
  • Tuskegee (2012)

"Let the tropes play on (play on)":

  • Album Title Drop: Can't Slow Down and Dancing On The Ceiling on their respective albums.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The African-sounding bridge in "All Night Long (All Night)" were just gibberish made-up by Richie when he didn't have enough time to hire a translator for some foreign language lyrics that he wanted in the song.
  • Breakup Breakout: Went on to become one of the greatest singers in music history after leaving the Commodores back in 1982.
  • Genre Adultery: Known primarily as a R&B and soul artist, Richie is a very adept country singer as well. His first hit on the country chart was 1984's "Stuck on You", and in 1986, he and Alabama teamed up to record the top 10 hit "Deep River Woman", Richie's biggest hit ever on that chart. More recently, in 2012, he recorded an album, Tuskegee (named for the Alabama town where he and the Commodores first formed), and it was a compilation album of many of his past hits, recorded duet style with country artists as prolific as Jason Aldean, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain.
  • One Woman Song: "Ballerina Girl" and "Deep River Woman" from Dancing On The Ceiling.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Plays one in the video for "Hello", in which he pursues a blind performance art student.

"Everyone you meet (all night), they're jamming in the street (all night)
All night long (all night), feel good, feel good (all night)"