Posted on January 27, 2015
He’s a living legend who started out as a member of the Commodores and went on to have a wildly successful solo career with hits like “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” and the country-inspired “Stuck on You.” Today, he continues to tour and has been honored with many Lifetime Achievement Awards. He should probably receive some kind of award for raising Nicole Richie, too.
Born as Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. in Tuskegee, Alabama.
During his time at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, he is a member of The Mystic along with Thomas McClary and William King.
Milan William leaves the local band The Jays and joins The Mystics which quickly gets a name change, becoming The Commodores. Joining them is Walter Orange, a fellow college student.
The Commodores sign with Motown Records.
The Commodores release their first album, Machine Gun.
The Commodores release their second album, Caught in the Act.
The Commodores release their third album, Movin’ On.
Marries Brenda Harvey.
The Commodores release their fourth album, Hot on the Tracks.
Appears with The Commodores in the movie Scott Joplin.
The Commodores release their fifth album, Commodores. In the UK, the album is called Zoom.
The single “Brick House” from Commodores album is released.
Appears with The Commodores in the movie Thank God It’s Friday performing the song “Too Hot to Trot”.
The Commodores release their sixth album, Natural High.
The single “Sail On” is the first single from their upcoming album Midnight Magic to be released.
The Commodores release their seventh album, Midnight Magic.
The Commodores release their eighth album, Heroes.
He and Diana Ross sing the duet “Endless Love” and it becomes Motown’s most successful hit single.
The Commodores release their ninth album, In the Pocket. It is the last Commodores album to include Lionel Richie.
He leaves The Commodores to pursue a solo career.
He and Diana Ross perform “Endless Love” at the Academy Awards.
After leaving The Commodores he releases his solo debut album Lionel Richie.
Releases his second album Can’t Slow Down. It sells over 10 million copies.
Can’t Slow Down wins a Grammy Award.
Makes a surprise appearance at the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics being held in Los Angeles. He sings “All Night Long.”
Along with Michael Jackson, he co-writes the “USA For Africa” relief song “We Are the World.”
Releases his third album Dancing on the Ceiling.
The video for “Dancing on the Ceiling” premieres.
He and his wife adopt nine-year-old Nicole Escovedo, who after taking on their last name becomes Nicole Richie.
Appears as himself in the documentary Madonna: Truth or Dare.
He releases the compilation album Back to Front. It also contains three new tracks, “Do It to Me, “My Destiny,” and “Love, Oh Love”.
Divorces Brenda Harvey.
Myles Brockman Richie is born.
Marries Diana Alexander.
Releases his fourth album Louder Than Words.
He releases his fifth album Time.
He releases his sixth album Renaissance.
Gets a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He releases his seventh album Just For You.
Appears on Canadian Idol and helps out seven who will be singing some of his songs in the competition.
He releases his eighth album, Coming Home.
He makes a surprise appearance on the Australian Idol grand finale and performs “All Night Long (All Night)”.
He receives the George and Ira Gershwin Lifetime Achievement Award at UCLA’s annual Spring Sing.
He performs in Times Square for the New Year’s Eve celebration and ball drop.
He releases his ninth album Just Go.
He performs “Jesus is Love” at Michael Jackson’s memorial service.
Appears on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? a show that traces celebrities’ family trees.
He releases his tenth album, Tuskegee.
He appears on Oprah’s Master Class on the OWN network.
He receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards.
His daughter Nicole Richie’s reality show, Candidly Nicole, premieres. In the first episode, Lionel tries to teach Nicole how to parallel park.
His is honored with the Legend of Live award at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to live music and who are committed to the live performance and creating a concert experience for fans.