Early years: Born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, Lionel Richie went to college.
College mates: While at Tuskegee Institute, Richie formed the musical group.
The Commodores: The six-man band, which also featured Thomas McClary, William King.
Their big break: The group were invited to open for the Jackson 5.
Tying the knot: During this time, Richie married his college sweetheart Brenda.
Songwriting: While singing with The Commodores, Richie honed his skill as a song.
‘Endless Love: In 1981, Richie struck gold with his collaboration with Diana Ross on the title theme song .
Producing: Truly a wiz in the studio, Richie could write the songs.
Going solo: After the immense success of ‘Endless Love,’ and nine albums together.
The right choice: Richie released his eponymous debut solo album in 1982.
Can’t and won’t slow down: The following year, in 1983, he released his second solo album.
Dominating the ’80s: Richie became a defining voice of the ’80s as he continued.
Reuniting with Michael Jackson: Richie reunited with Michael Jackson years later in 1985.
Stroke of good will: The song was a worldwide commercial success.
More Academy Award appreciation: Richie took home the Oscar for Best Original Song.