For nearly thirty years Lionel Richie has never looked back as a performer. From fronting his group the Commodores - the premier R&B pop unit of the seventies - he became the most popular singer/songwriter in the world by the eighties. A decade later he was the ultimate star entertainer with a 'nice guy' image. The Lionel Richie story is about a five-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. For nine consecutive years he had no 1 singles in America, a feat matched only by Irving Berlin. It is also the story of two broken marriages, personal insecurities, near-death experiences and an insight into the man behind a success story that broke the rules. Lionel Richie is the first book written about Lionel Richie and the Commodores and draws on Sharon Davis' unique access to the Motown archive, her numerous in depth interviews with Richie as well as her time as the Comodores' publicist.
|Publication date:||1st March 2009|
|Publisher:||Equinox Publishing Ltd|
|Categories:||Biography: arts & entertainment, Rock & Pop music, Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups,|
Sharon Davis is one of Britain's leading black music writers and an authority on Motown. She is the author of nine books including, most recently, Diana Ross: A Legend in Focus (Mainstream Publishing), Stevie Wonder: Rhythms of Wonder (Robson Books) and Chinwaggin' (Bank House Books). Before becoming a writer she worked in the music business, first for EMI Records and Motown Records, and then founding her own press and promotion company for top selling disco artists.More About Sharon Davis