Lionel Richie (album)

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Lionel Richie
Studio album by Lionel Richie
Released October 6, 1982
Recorded 1981–82
Genre R&B
Length 38:27
Label Motown
Producer James Anthony Carmichael, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie chronology
Lionel Richie
(1982)
Can't Slow Down
(1983)
Singles from Lionel Richie
  1. "Truly"
    Released: September 1982
  2. "You Are"
    Released: January 1983
  3. "My Love"
    Released: April 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Lionel Richie is the debut solo album by R&B singer Lionel Richie. It was recorded and released while Richie was still a member of the Commodores. He would leave the group shortly after. It was released in 1982 on Motown Records. The first single, "Truly", topped the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single "You Are" reached number four, and "My Love" reached number five. The album was also a hit, reaching number one on the Cashbox albums chart on December 11, 1982.[4]

In 2003, Lionel Richie was re-released as part of a remaster series that saw two additional tracks added to the overall package. A solo version of "Endless Love" and an instrumental version of "You Are" now round out the CD.

As well as featuring English musician Thomas Dolby on synthesizers, Joe Walsh provided the guitar solo for the song "Wandering Stranger". It was his first album appearance since playing all tracks on John Entwistle's fifth solo album, Too Late the Hero.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Serves You Right"  
5:14
2. "Wandering Stranger"   Richie 5:38
3. "Tell Me"  
  • Cochrane
  • Richie
5:32
4. "My Love"   Richie 4:08
5. "Round and Round"  
  • Cochrane
  • Richie
4:57
6. "Truly"   Richie 3:26
7. "You Are"  
  • Brenda Harvey-Richie
  • Richie
5:05
8. "You Mean More to Me"   Richie 3:08
9. "Just Put Some Love in Your Heart"   Richie 1:27

In popular culture[edit]

In a Season 3 episode of Friends, Chandler is seen holding a copy of this album and singing "Endless Love". The song was not a part of this release; however, the song now appears on the 2003 remastered edition as one of two bonus tracks (as a solo performance only). At the time, "Endless Love" was available only on the original soundtrack to the movie of the same name, Endless Love, starring Brooke Shields.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Discogs.[5]

Musicians[edit]

Horns, strings and woodwinds[edit]

  • Don Ashworth - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Gene Cipriano - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Larry Williams - woodwinds (tracks 4 and 8)
  • Armand Kaproff - cello
  • Dennis Karmazyn - cello
  • Jesse Ehrlich - cello
  • Paula Hochhalter - cello
  • Arni Egilsson - double bass
  • Buell Neidlinger - double bass
  • Morty Corb - double bass
  • Ray Brown - double bass
  • Louise Di Tullo - flute
  • Art Maebe - French horn
  • Brian O'Connor - French horn
  • David Duke - French horn
  • Henry Sigismonti - French horn
  • Jim Atkinson - French horn
  • Gayle Levant - harp
  • David Schwartz - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • David Speltz - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Erno Neufeld - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Fred Seykora - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Henry Ferber - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Mari Tsumura - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Myron Sandler - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Nathan Ross - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Rollice Dale - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Ronald Folsom - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Tibor Zelig - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • William Henderson - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • William Kurasch - strings (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)
  • Harry Bluestone - string arrangements (tracks 4, 5, 8 and 9)

References[edit]