It’s hard to believe that he was kicked out of the famous group, the Commodores, who have been “crying in their beer” ever since. I caught an interview not long ago as Richie promoted Tuskegee, his new smash country album and he recounted being kicked out of the group; my mouth dropped open, always thinking he opted out for a solo career.
As a child in the eighties, I can vividly remember the videos and my mother pumping the Lionel Richie on the record player… yeah that’s what I said… I loved his music: Hello, Truly, Penny Lover and who could forget the party anthem, All Night Long.
When I first heard that Richie was dropping a new album of his hits re-recorded for the country genre I thought, “that man’s a genius!” I’m not a country fan, although I have a few favs (Shania Twain, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland – who are all featured on the new album), I know the power of country music on the charts and in the industry. Tuskegee is already platinum in only two months and is the number two best-selling album of 2012 after Adele’s 21… give it time.
Soooo, what are the Commodores up to now?…smdh