Lionel Richie is 75!

Happy birthday to one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Lionel Richie!

We first met him in the 1970s with the Commodores, and then really fell in love with him during the 80s with his incredible ballads. He also had us ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ ‘All Night Long!’

To celebrate Richie’s 75th Birthday, here are 7 things you may not know about Lionel Richie!

  1. He once considered studying divinity to become a priest in the Episcopal Church, but ultimately decided to pursue music.
  2. He was a star tennis player while growing up in Joliet, Illinois.
  3. He appeared on “Who Do You Think You Are?” on NBC in 2011 and discovered his maternal great-grandfather was the biological son of federal judge and slaveowner Morgan Welles Brown.
  4. The Commodores were initially signed to Motown Records as a support act for the Jackson 5!
  5. His duet with Diana Ross, “Endless Love,” is his biggest hit and remains among the top 20 bestselling singles of all time.
  6. He has won four Grammys and one Oscar.
  7. He’s a father of three and grandfather of three, too!

There you have it, some things you might not have known about Lionel Richie! Happy 75th birthday to the guy who ‘Can’t Slow Down!’

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