Tag: Lionel Richie

Friday 6/18/21 ET 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Lionel Richie Top 30 Hits Twitter: @LionelRichie

Lionel Richie has released 10 studio albums, three live albums, and seven compilation albums. Formerly the lead vocalist of The Commodores, Richie began a solo career in the early 1980s and has released over 40 singles, five of which became number-one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.

Richie’s first three studio albums have all been certified “Multi-Platinum” by the Recording Industry Association of America. His second album, Can’t Slow Down, is his most successful, being certified 10× Platinum (i.e. Diamond) in the US. The album spent 59 consecutive weeks inside the Billboard Top 10 (including the entire year of 1984) and a total of 160 weeks (over three years) on the Billboard 200 chart. It became the third best-selling album of 1984, and eventually sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

In addition to multiple pop, R&B, and adult contemporary hit singles, two of his singles reached the Top 30 of the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart (now Hot Country Songs). “Deep River Woman”, which features country music group Alabama, was a Top 10 hit on the country music charts in 1987.

Richie’s tenth studio album, Tuskegee, was released in 2012 and peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200, making it his third number one album on the chart.

1All Night Long (All Night)1983
2Say You, Say Me1985
3Stuck on You1984
5Dancing on the Ceiling1986
6Running with the Night1983
7Do It to Me1992
8Penny Lover1984
9Endless Love (with Diana Ross)1981
10Ballerina Girl1986
11Don’t Wanna Lose You1996
12You Are1983
13I Call It Love2006
14Se La1987
16Love Will Conquer All1986
18Just for You2004
19My Destiny1992
20My Love1983
21Just Go2009
22Deep River Woman (with Alabama)1987
23Love, Oh Love1992
24Don’t Stop the Music2000
25Ordinary Girl1996
26Closest Thing to Heaven1998
27Still in Love1996
28Face in the Crowd (with Trijntje Oosterhuis)2008
30All Around the World2007

Sunday 5/2/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Lionel Richie – Dancing On The Ceiling (1986)

Dancing on the Ceiling is the third solo studio album by American singer Lionel Richie, released on August 5, 1986. The album was originally to be titled Say You, Say Me, after the Academy Award-winning track of the same name, but it was renamed to a different track’s title after Richie rewrote several songs on the album. The album was released to generally positive reviews and it made No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 4 million copies. Following this album’s release, Richie went on a long hiatus, not releasing an album of entirely new material for another ten years.

  1. Dancing on the Ceiling” 4:30
  2. “Se La” 5:22
  3. “Ballerina Girl” 3:38
  4. “Don’t Stop” 7:43
  5. “Deep River Woman” 4:35
  6. “Love Will Conquer All” 5:40
  7. “Tonight Will Be Alright” 5:06
  8. “Say You, Say Me” 4:00
  9. “Night Train (Smooth Alligator)” 4:59
  10. “Dancing on the Ceiling” (12-inch version) 7:10

Lionel Richie – lead vocals (1–9), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), vocal arrangements (1–8), choir arrangements (2), arrangements (4), drum machine (6), keyboards (7, 8)
John Barnes – acoustic piano (1), synthesizers (4), Synclavier (4), arrangements (4)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizers (1, 2, 3, 5–9)
Carlos Rios – synthesizers (1), guitar (1, 2, 7), rhythm arrangements (1), acoustic guitar (8)
Steve MacMillan – door creek effects (1)
Ken Caillat – sound effects (1)
Tom Jones – sound effects (1)
Greg Phillinganes – keyboards (2, 5, 7, 8), synthesizers (2, 6), drum machine (2, 6), rhythm arrangements (2, 6), Minimoog bass (8)
Michael Lang – keyboards (3)
Neil Larsen – keyboards (3)
Preston Glass – synthesizers (9)
Cory Lerios – synthesizers (9)
Tim May – guitar (3, 5, 7, 8)
Charles Fearing – guitar (4)
Louis Shelton – guitar (4)
Eric Clapton – guitar solo (7)
Steve Lukather – guitar (8)

Vernon “Ice” Black – guitar solo (9)
Neil Stubenhaus – bass guitar (1)
Nathan East – bass guitar (2, 3)
Joe Chemay – bass guitar (5, 7)
Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar (8)
Randy Jackson – bass guitar (9)
John Robinson – drums (1, 8)
Paul Leim – drums (2, 3, 5, 7), drum machine (8), additional drums (9)
Narada Michael Walden – drums (9), drum programming (9), arrangements (9), vocal arrangements (9)
Paulinho Da Costa – percussion (2, 4, 7, 8, 9)
Sheila E. – percussion (4)
James Anthony Carmichael – horn arrangements (1, 7), rhythm arrangements (1, 2, 3, 5–8), string arrangements (3, 5, 8)
Maxi Anderson (Tracks 1, 2)
Billie Barnum (Tracks 1, 2)
Melinda Chatman (Tracks 1, 2)

David Cochrane (Tracks 1, 2)
Kevin Dorsey (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Jackson (Tracks 1, 2)
Marlena Jeter (Tracks 1, 2)
Fred Law (Tracks 1, 2)
Janice Marie (Tracks 1, 2)
Rick Nelson (Tracks 1, 2)
Brenda Richie (Tracks 1, 2)
Anita Sherman (Tracks 1, 2)
Karen Siegel (Tracks 1, 2)
Alfie Silas (Tracks 1, 2)
Phyllis St. James (Tracks 1, 2)
Stephanie Taylor (Tracks 1, 2)
Deborah Thomas (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Carmen Twillie (Tracks 1, 2)
Julia Waters Tillman (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Maxine Waters Willard (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Leslie Smith (Track 2)
Lionel Richie (Track 4)
Suzee Wendy Ikeda (Track 4)
Marva King (Tracks 4, 6, 9)
Alabama (Track 5)
Richard Marx (Track 7)
Kitty Beethoven (Track 9)
Jennifer Hall (Track 9)

Hoopa Hollers on “Dancing on the Ceiling”:
James Anthony Carmichael
David Egerton
Wayne Hargrave
Linda Jenner
Steve MacMillan
Greg Phillinganes
Kathi Pogoda
Cheryl Pyle
Carlos Rios
Maximo Rios
Dave Rosen
Kelly Ryan
Wibert Terrell

Wednesday 11/25/2020 4pm ET: Feature LP: Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down

Can’t Slow Down is the second solo studio album by American recording artist Lionel Richie. It was released on October 11, 1983 by Motown Records. It has sold over 20 million copies, and is Richie’s best-selling album of all time. Five singles were released from Can’t Slow Down, all of which hit the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including two that reached No. 1: “All Night Long (All Night)” and “Hello”. The album also won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1985.

On May 6, 2003, a two-CD Deluxe Edition of the album was released in conjunction of the 20th anniversary of the album’s original release date. This version included several mixes originally included on various singles from the album at the end of the first CD, including instrumental versions of the 12-inch extended mixes of “All Night Long (All Night)” and “Running with the Night”. Disc 2 showcased demo or alternate versions of all tracks from the original album, plus additional unfinished songs from the same sessions, all previously unreleased.

1. “Can’t Slow Down” 4:43
2. “All Night Long (All Night)” 6:25
3. “Penny Lover” 5:34
4. “Stuck on You” 3:13
5. “Love Will Find a Way” 6:16
6. “The Only One” 4:21
7. “Running with the Night” 6:01
8. “Hello” 4:14
9. “All Night Long (All Night)” (12″ version) 6:42
10. “Penny Lover” (7″ single remix) 3:48
11. “All Night Long (All Night)” (12″ B-side instrumental version) 6:43
12. “Running with the Night” (12″ B-side instrumental version) 6:57

1. “Can’t Slow Down” (Alternate version) 4:55
2. “Ain’t No Sayin’ No” (Unfinished demo) R 4:57
3. “Tell Me” (Unfinished demo) 4:57
4. “All Night Long (All Night)” (Original demo version) 7:20
5. “Penny Lover” (Alternate version) 6:24
6. “Stuck on You” (Original demo version) 3:00
7. “Can’t Find Love” (Unfinished demo) 5:50
8. “Love Will Find a Way” (Original demo version) 6:35
9. “The Only One” (Original demo version) 4:28
10. “The Groove” (Instrumental interlude) 1:15
11. “Running with the Night” (Undubbed version) 6:14
12. “Hello” (Original demo version) 4:26
13. “Blues” (Outro) 1:12

Monday 6/22/2020 pm ET: Feature Artist – Lionel Richie

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actor. His recordings with the Commodores and in his solo career made him one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.

Beginning in 1968, Richie was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group; their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House”. Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as “Easy”, “Three Times a Lady”, “Still”, and the breakup ballad “Sail On”. Richie launched a solo career in 1982 and his 1982 debut solo album, Lionel Richie, contained three hit singles: the U.S. number-one song “Truly”, and the top five hits “You Are” and “My Love”. The album hit No. 3 on the music charts and sold over four million copies. His 1983 follow-up album, Can’t Slow Down, sold over twice as many copies, propelling him into the first rank of international superstars. He also co-wrote the 1985 charity single “We Are the World” with Michael Jackson, which sold over 20 million copies.

Over the course of his career, Richie has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time. He won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Can’t Slow Down, and his other Grammy Awards include Producer of the Year (Non-Classical) in 1985 and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Truly” in 1983. Richie has also been nominated for two Golden Globe awards and won one. In 1982 he was nominated for Best Original Song for the film Endless Love. In 1986 he won the Golden Globe award for Best Original Song for “Say You, Say Me”, featured in the film White Nights. The song also won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2016, Richie received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s highest honor, the Johnny Mercer Award. He has served with Luke Bryan and Katy Perry as a judge for the singing competition American Idol since its move to ABC from the Fox network.

Saturday 7pm ET: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

This evening on “Great Soul Performances” in the second hour, I’ll pay tribute to my WCBS-FM co-worker, New York’s “Morning Mayor” the late Harry Harrison. Via air checks, we’ll remember Harry and the way great radio was from one of the very best.

You’ll also hear: The Fifth Dimension, New Birth, the Impressions, the Coasters, Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross, the Mighty Marvellows, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Clarence Carter, Bette Midler, Tyrone Davis, the Avalons, the Wanderers and others. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT.

Then “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way where I’ll present: The S.O.S. Band, Donna Summer, George Clinton, Lionel Richie, MFSB, Kim Carnes, Sheila E. & Prince, Barry White, Melba Moore, the Mary Jane Girls and more. It kicks off at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Encore time as always, tomorrow Sunday at 5PM eastern time. I hope you’ll join me later this evening at the best station on the internet, RadioMaxMusic.Com and “May You Always” remember Harry Harrison.

Tuesday 6pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week we feature music from:  Kurtis Blow, Lionel Richie, Supertramp, Pat Benatar, Beastie Boys, Joe Jackson, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Michael Jackson, Van Halen, Blondie, David Lee Roth and more . . .

Tuesday 4pm ET: Sounds of The 80s

This week on the Sounds of The 80s we feature music from:  Bruce Willis, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, Phil Collins, Daryl Hall and John Oates, John Fogerty, Van Halen, Lionel Richie, Journey, Corey Hart and many more . . . 

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week we feature music from:  Journey, Stray Cats, Juice Newton, Planet P Project, Peter Tosh, Elton John, Dicks, Toto, Huey Lewis and The News, Stevie Nicks, .38 Special, Lionel Richie, Robert Palmer and more . .  .

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

When “Great Soul Performances” comes your way this evening you’ll hear: Chuck Jackson, the Vibrations, Bruno Mars, Little Anthony & the Imperials, my brother Dickie Harmon & the Autumns; who BTW, is on the mend and is coming along nicely, James Brown, Bobby Hendricks & the Drifters, “Southern Soul” song stylists Uvee Hayes and Dabron, Jay & the Techniques, Ali Ollie Woodson, Eddie Brigati & the Young Rascals, 92 years young Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder; live at the White House and more. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

Following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on tap are: Kool & the Gang, Lionel Richie, Cameo, Stevie Wonder, Shalamar, Sylvester, Freddie Jackson, Atlantic Starr, George Benson, Dionne Warwick & Friends (including Stevie Wonder), Al B. Sure!, Luther Vandross and several others. This show starts at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT. I think you’re gonna love both show today, so join me this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Sunday 9am/9pm: Vinyl Resting Place with Willie B

This week; Sunday (9am or pm) we feature week one of the letter R on The Vinyl Resting Place – on RadioMax – in honor of the season, we kick things off with Bob Rivers – Walkin’ ‘Round In Women’s Underwear, then stay around for Cliff Richard, Eddie Rabbitt, Helen Reddy, Jerry Reed, Johnny Rivers, Lionel Richie, Marty Robbins, Paul Revere & The Raiders, Rare Earth, Rascals, 
Righteous Brothers, and the Rolling Stones.

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp-bjIt’s mid-week once again and time for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” Entertaining you this evening will be: Michael Jackson, my former WWRL co-worker, Imhotep Gary Byrd, Skyy, the S.O.S. Band, George Clinton, Gerald Albright, Process & the Doo Rags, Rory Dodd (with Bonnie Tyler Ha! Ha! Ha!), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more. Drop on by at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM MT. Enjoy “Hump Day” and join me later this evening for the music on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

gsp2If you love the music of the 1980s, I’ve got some fantastic songs for you. Coming up this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” you’ll hear: Kool & the Gang, Lionel Richie, the Average White Band, Barry & Glodean White, Atlantic Starr, Whitney Houston, Babyface, the Four Tops with Phyliss Hyman, Michael Jackson, Kim Carnes and more. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. You’ll want to hear the show again, and you can, by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. I’ll see ya later gator, for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com, the home of the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s.”

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

bobbyjayrmOn “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening at 7PM ET, we’ll be entertained by: M.C. Hammer, Levert, Donna Summer, Jimmy Castor, the Spinners, Lionel Richie, the Whispers, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Michael Jackson, the “Birthday Boy” Gerald Alston and several others. As I said, it begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. In the words of a certain Republican Presidential contender, it’s going to be HUGE! You are all welcome, stop on by for “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s with Bobby Jay 5pm ET #gsp

gsp-cd-coverThis afternoon on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s,” we’ll be entertained by the likes of: Lionel Richie, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Vera & the Beaters, Deneice Williams, Skyy, MFSB, the Mary Jane Girls, Oran “Juice” Jones, Minnie Riperton & Peabo Bryson, Brandi Wells, Willie Hutch and many more. It kicks off at 5PM ET, 4PM CT, 3PM MT, & 2PM PT. Let’s get together this afternoon and have a good time with “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s” on RadioMaxMusic.com.