Iconic soul, R&B, and country singer Lionel Richie was in a mood to reminisce on October 8. The 66-year-old shared a photo on Facebook and Instagram of the cover of his first solo album he released after leaving the Commodores band—believe it or not, it came out over three decades ago!
On October 6, 1982, Richie debuted his self-titled album Lionel Richie, which reached the top spot of Cashbox charts within two months. The cover features a young Richie with a vintage afro and rocking the same mustache he still has today.
Captioning the photo, Richie wrote, “Throwback to my first solo album, released 33 years ago…time flies!” The throwback photo certainly brought back a few fond memories for his fans. The post has been shared almost 1,200 times on Facebook. And to nobody’s surprise, almost all of the comments sang nothing but praises for the artist. As one fan wrote, “Lionel Richie the best, my favorite singer, still listen to his CDs.” All the other fans also expressed their love for the artist and his album.
Lionel Richie has since forged an incredibly successful career as a solo artist. He’s released 11 solo albums after that first one. His most recent album, Tuskegee, (named after his hometown) came out in 2012 and peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling over a million copies in just the U.S.
Meanwhile, the 66-year-old singer is still keeping busy promoting his Las Vegas residency shows, along with a short documentary film called The Tuskegee Airmen: Sacrifice and Triumph, which highlights the work of the first African-American fighter pilots in World War II. Although it’s a stretch from his musical background, Richie has been using his celebrity influence to help push the film towards an Oscar nod.
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