Lionel Richie

10 interesting facts:
1. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. 2. His family moved to Illinois where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus, in Joliet. 3. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship back at Tuskegee Institute and later graduated with a major in economics. 4. in 1968 he became the lead singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. 5. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records, being schooled as a support act to the Jackson Five. 6. He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and he produced Rogers' Share Your Love album the following year. 7. His 1983 follow up album, Can't Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies and won two Grammy Awards including Album Of The Year – propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. 8. Richie married college sweetheart Brenda Harvey on October 18, 1975. During their marriage, Lionel began a relationship with Diane Alexander in 1986. 9. A confrontation ensued, and Brenda was then arrested for spousal abuse, trespassing and vandalism. Lionel and Brenda divorced on August 9, 1993; they had been married 17 years. 10. In a November 15, 2005 CNN interview with Ryan Seacrest, Richie—whose birth name is Nicole Camille Escovedo—stated that her birth father was not a member of Lionel's band; however, Peter Michael Escovedo (brother of Sheila E) was a member of Lionel's band. For more information and songs download visit