Today is Lionel Richie's birthday

Lionel Richie, the former singer of the Commodores, co-writer of "We Are The World," and multi-platinum solo star celebrates his Golden Jubilee today as he turns 75 years old.

But just like the title of his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, Lionel is a man in motion, currently in the midst of a Vegas residency, a tour, and later this summer will be co-headlining a star-studded festival alongside Diana Ross in Inglewood, California.

Lionel first made it big as a singer, saxophone player, keyboardist, and songwriter for The Commodores, a group that blended funk and R&B in a hugely successful way.

During the time he was with the outfit (1968-1982), the group gave us such chestnuts as "Brick House," "Easy," "Three Times A Lady," "Nightshift" and even the instrumental "Machine Gun," you might remember from the Boogie Nights (1997) soundtrack.

Long live afros, disco, and Soul Train.

At around the 1:57 mark of "Machine Gun" you can hear the portion where the Beastie Boys sampled it for "Hey Ladies," the only Paul's Boutique single to make it onto the charts.

Despite selling over 70 million records, the Commodores only won one Grammy for "Nightshift," the love letter to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson.

When Bruce Springsteen released a covers album Only The Strong Survive in 2022 of his favorite R&B and Soul songs, "Nightshift" was the second single the label released.

It's the only song from that album The Boss regularly has in the set of his current tour.

In 1982 Richie put out a solo record that changed his life. His self-titled debut sold four million copies and soon after it became a smash, he quit the Commodores and never looked back.

Since then he won an Oscar and three more Grammys including Song of the Year and an Album of the Year.

That Song and Record of the Year were for "We Are the World," which he co-wrote with Michael Jackson. He also helped assemble the ensemble, manage some of their egos, and even recruited a few of them the night of the historic recording while he was hosting the American Music Awards.

All of that drama, magic, and craziness was captured in the Netflix documentary, The Greatest Night in Pop which premiered earlier this year.

In many ways the eye-opening doc shows how vital today's birthday boy was in nearly every aspect of what made that iconic song so successful.

This is a great year to catch Lionel sing some of his greatest hits.

Right now he's performing a residency at the glamorous Wynn in Las Vegas.

Then in August he is part of the Fool in Love festival on the grounds around SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. The one-day event's lineup is insane: The Jacksons, Smokey Robinson, Santana, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Al Green, Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, The Isley Bros, Kool & The Gang, George Clinton, Morris Day, The Time, Dionne Warwick, The Commodores, and many more.

Lionel is the co-headliner with Diana Ross.

How is this even possible? Rose Royce? The Pointer Sisters? the SOS Band?

It's the one-day Coachella for R&B and Soul.

And the king and queen of the ball are Lionel and Diana Ross.

Get your tickets to that and all of his shows on Lionel's website.

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