Artists Profile: Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie

Introduction Lionel Richie is one of the most successful artists from the 80s music era, only to be eclipsed by Michael Jackson and Prince. Richie first gained recognition as one of the members of the R&B/soul group the Commodores. After he left the group during the early 80s he embarked on a … Read more

Introduction to the Commodores


Where, why and how was the group formed? The roots of the Commodores were in Tuskegee, Alabama in the late 1960s. All of the original members — trumpet player William King, guitarist Thomas McClary (guitar), bassist Ronald LaPread, drummer Walter “Clyde” Orange, saxophonist Lionel Richie and keyboardist Milan Williams — all attended … Read more