Lionel Richie – The Story behind 3 of his songs

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Lionel Richie is a successful, talented singer, song writer and record producer. He has been around for a long time. I am a big fan of his music and I share why he wrote some of his songs.

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Easy

Lionel Richie sang in a band called The Commodores in the '60s, before he went solo. One day while in the band, he was given a book – 366 pages that detailed exactly, where he would be for the next year. His year had been mapped out for him. What the. ...?!

He didn’t like it and asked himself why anyone would want to put chains on him, as he had paid his dues to make it. Later, he thought the words made nice Lyrics and he turned it into a song – called "Easy."

The Lyrics are: "Why would anyone wanna put chains on me, I’ve paid my dues to make it.” You can hear the lyrics in second verse of the song.

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Lady

Lionel Richie was the song writer in the Commodores and it got to a point that they were not getting on well in the band. Some people get envious of others success.

Kenny Rogers, a Country singer approached him to write a song for him. The timing was perfect because there was strife in the band. He wrote “Lady”. The song reached number 1 in the Country Chart, the adult contemporary chart and the African/American single Chart. It also received 2 grammy nominations.

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Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers

The Movie - Endless Love
The Movie - Endless Love
The Duet - Endless Love Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
The Duet - Endless Love Lionel Richie & Diana Ross

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Endless Love

"Lady" was so successful that Franco Zeffirelli approached Lionel to write a theme song for a movie starring Brooke Shields. Lionel Richie gave him a song which his band members had rejected, when he gave it to them. The song was called “Endless Love.” (A Duet with Diana Ross). It was a huge success and stayed at no 1 on the billboard hot 100 for 9 weeks. I bet his band members must have been cringing. What they rejected, became a huge success for him.

Those are the 3 songs I will share for now. I wrote about "Ballerina Girl" a while ago. (Link is below).

Lionel eventually left the Commodores to go Solo – excellent idea. His first Album (Lionel Richie) was a hit world wide and his second (Can’t slow down) was even bigger, selling over 8 Million copies. Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic and it won 2 Grammy Awards. - The rest is history....

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Attaining Success.

Sometimes in life, change or Success requires you to break free. It reminds me of Beyonce. If she stayed in Destiny’s Child, she would never have become the great artist she is today.

The Commodores still play, but have never achieved the success they had in the 1980s with Lionel Richie.

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٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ Did Lionel Richie tell me this?

I found this out from a Documentary on TV about Lionel Richie. It was so interesting to watch, I thought I'd write about it.

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Do you have a favourite Lionel Richie song?

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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I read this earlier but got called away so I am back..Oh Lionel how I loved him so...one great song writer and a voice that will melt your heart! I loved so many songs that he wrote is so hard to pick but Endless Love was up there for sure...Thank you.

Sunnie


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one2get2no 4 years ago from Olney

Super hub Lady E I had forgotten Lionel Ritchie...thanks for the reminder..he wrote some classic songs. Vote up!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Sunnie

I'm glad you liked it. I can identify with you on finding it hard to pick songs you liked. Every song seems a favourite.

Thanks and Best Wishes.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello One2get2no

Lol... It's because he's been around for so long and there are so many new artists these days, you forget the old ones. Thanks for stopping by.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Well as they say that old is gold...Lionel Richie has been my fav too.

Thanks for bringing back his songs...loved it!

voted up as useful


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donnaisabella 4 years ago from Fort Myers

Splendid! Thanks for sharing LadyE, I always want to know why people do what they do and how they got where they are. This is a fresh look at Lionel Richie for me. Now I want to go and see a documentary of him!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Ruchira

Hi Ruchira. I like your saying "old is gold". Thanks so much for stopping by.

@Donnaisabella

Hello Donna. I am glad you enjoyed it. The Documentary is called: Lionel Richie - Dancing on the Ceiling. You will enjoy it and want to watch it again.

Thank you.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Two of my favorite artists, Lionel and Kenny. I am listening to 'Easy' as i comment..Love it. I did not know Lionel wrote 'Lady' Thank you for sharing Elena..


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Alwaysexploring

Hi Ruby, hope you enjoyed "Easy". I love the way Kenny Rogers sings that song "Lady". What a crooner. lol. Lovely of you to stop by. Thanks.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I am back to listen to Lady..Cheers


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Aaaawh... thanks Ruby. :)


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

I love Lionel Ritchie. I had this fantasy of writing a song for him to sing. Oh well! Thanks for sharing these facts about him.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@MsDora

It's not too late to write that song for him. That man has been around for a decades. Thanks for stopping. :)


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I like the songs of Lionel Richie, too. They are awesome and he´s a great singer of all times. Thanks for sharing.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Thelma

Nice to know you enjoy his songs too.

Lovely of you to stop by.

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