Why Famous: Made his solo debut in 1982 with the album "Lionel Richie" and number-one hit "Truly". He has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
- 1996-12-21 Famous singer Lionel Richie (47) weds clothing designer Diane Alexander (30) at Metropolitan Club in New York
- 1981-08-01 "Endless Love" single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)
- 1983-06-11 "My Love" by Lionel Richie peaks at #5
- 1983-10-11 "Can't Slow Down" 2nd studio album by Lionel Richie is released
- 1985-01-28 12th American Music Awards: Cyndi Lauper & Lionel Richie win
- 1987-01-26 14th American Music Awards: Whitney Houston, Lionel Richie & Alabama