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Superstar Lionel Richie turns 63 today.

We first met Lionel as a member of The Commodores. It’s hard to imagine, but Lionel had barely written any songs as of the time he came to Motown. But, he says, the creative environment at Motown allowed him to grow into one of the premeire songwriters of our time. In 1982, Lionel stepped out on his own and started making hits right away.

THe Commodores had one huge record after Lionel left the group, “Nightshift”. But they have had a hard time getting on the charts since.

Lionel’s carreer has had it’s ups and downs too. He recently released a duets CD. It features Lionel singing some of his favorite songs with some lof his favorite singers.

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