Lionel Brockman Richie is the father of Lionel Richie, a well known successful musician in the United States of America. Lionel Brockman Richie was born on October 08, 1915, in the United States. He died of a heart attack at the age of 74 on May 23, 1990, in Tuskegee, Macon County in Alabama in the USA.
Who is Lionel Richie?
Lionel Brockman’s son, Lionel Richie is a famous singer and songwriter based in the USA. Lionel grew up in Tuskegee Alabama where he was born on June 20, 1949. He had his high school education at Joliet Township High School, East Campus in Joliet, Illinois.
After high school, he continued at Tuskegee Institute where he played tennis for the school and later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics in the 1960s. Lionel formed a succession of R&B groups whiles at the Tuskegee Institute.
He became part of the Commodore’s music band in the late 1960s where he was a songwriter and a Co-lead singer as well as a saxophonist for the band. The Commodores signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records.
Lionel rose to fame in the 1970s for his hit singles “Easy”, “Sail On”, “Three Times a Lady” and “Still”. He left the Commodores band to go solo in the latter parts of the 1970s. In 1980, he wrote and produced the single “Lady” for Kenny Rogers which became the US Billboard Hot 100 number one single.