Motown’s secret weapon, Marc Bolan’s widow, and a Northern soul icon, Gloria Jones’ legacy extends far beyond ‘Tainted Love.’
Four million sales in the US alone for his self-titled debut sent a very clear message that his fans wanted Lionel solo.
The engine that drove the Motown machine was made up of the songwriters and producers who worked behind the scenes to create the Motown sound.
The former Motown executive recalls dining with Marvin Gaye, hanging with Stevie Wonder, and promoting the Commodores, Rick James and many others.
The best Lionel Richie songs cast a long shadow across 70s funk and 80s ballads, and include one of the most perfect duets in music history.
'Hot On The Tracks' became the group's first No.1 soul LP and included 'Just To Be Close To You.'
As their self-titled fifth album made its chart debut on April 2, 1977, the group were moving up fast.
Everyone was saying 'Hello' to Commodore Lionel in 1983.
The lyrics of 'Nightshift' united Gaye with another soul giant, Jackie Wilson, who had died just three months earlier in 1984.
On February 8, 1975, the group proved that there was life after Norman Whitfield, climbed to No.1 with ‘Happy People,’ co-written by Commodore Richie.
The funky track, a studio extra on their then-new 'Live!' album, became the group's fourth soul chart-topper.
'Truly' was the crossover soul star's chart-topping, Grammy-winning follow-up to his No.1 duet with Diana Ross, 'Endless Love.'
The original movie musical will be based on Richie’s career-spanning songbook.
Tears For Fears, Lauryn Hill, Gladys Knight and Kylie Minogue headlined the 2019 series at the legendary venue.
The celebrated soul stars were recognised both in Montgomery and in Tuskegee, where they were formed.