On this day in music history: October 6, 1982 - Lionel Richie, the debut album by Lionel Richie is released. Produced by James Anthony Carmichael and Lionel Richie, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from November 1981 - July 1982. Shortly after completing work on In The Pocket, his ninth and final studio album with The Commodores, and the duet single Endless Love with Diana Ross, Lionel Richie will begin work on his debut solo album. Working with longtime Commodores co-producer James Anthony Carmichael, the album will feature a number of top notch studio and prominent guest musicians including Greg Phillinganes, Clarence McDonald (keyboards), John J.R. Robinson, Leon Ndugu Chancler (drums), Nathan Watts, Nathan East (bass), Joe Walsh, Richie Zito, Fred Tackett (guitars), Ernie Watts (saxophone), Kenny Rogers, Richard Marx, and Jimmy Connors (background vocals). Throughout the recording of the album, Lionel will use the same studio piano used by Carole King on Tapestry. Richies first solo album will be a huge commercial success, spinning off three top five singles including Truly (#1 Pop, #2 R&B, #1 AC), You Are (#4 Pop, #2 R&B, #1 AC), and My Love (#5 Pop, #6 R&B, #1 AC). Richie will also win his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male for Truly in 1983. Lionel Richie will peak at number three on the Billboard Top 200, spending one week at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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