Lionel Richie & The Commodores

A group of students at Tuskegee University in Alabama would create one of the most successful recording acts of the 70’s and 80’s.

Lionel Richie, William King, James McClary, Milan Williams, Ronald LaPread and Walter “Clyde” Orange founded the Commodores in 1970, a group that would sell nearly 100 million records and spawn off a superstar who would sell more than 100 million records.

Their first million seller “Sweet Love” landed on the Hit Parade in 1975. A year later “Just to Be Close to you” gave them more gold with eight more to follow. “Easy”, “Brick House”, “Three Times A Lady”, “Sail On”, “ Still”, “Lady”, “On No” and “Nightshift”.

As a solo artist, Lionel Richie added more than a dozen more chart topping singles starting with a duet featuring Diana Ross as “Endless Love” entered the Hit Parade in 1981. Throughout the decade of the 80’s Lionel added more gold from “Truly”, “You Are”, “My Love”, “All Night Long”, “Running With the Night”, “Hello”, “Stuck On You”, “Penny Lover”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Dancing on the Ceiling”, “Love Will Conquer All”and “Ballerina Girl.

Milan Williams died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 58.

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