A highly versatile musician, he was able to perform—and skillfully blend—multiple musical styles, most notably funk , soul , rhythm and blues , and country. Richie was born into a well-educated, musical family. His father was a U. Army systems analyst, and his mother was a teacher who later became a school principal. For most of his childhood, Richie lived in the home of his maternal grandparents, virtually on the campus of the historic Tuskegee Institute now Tuskegee University. His grandmother was a classical pianist , and through her he was introduced to the fundamentals of music as well as to the great composers of the classical tradition. His uncle, a big-band jazz musician and arranger, gave him his first saxophone. Initially, Richie gravitated toward gospel music , largely because he was interested in becoming a minister, but he readily absorbed musical influences from various African American popular styles as well as from country music , which permeated the American South.
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Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. His recordings with the Commodores and in his solo career made him one of the most successful balladeers of the s. Beginning in , Richie was a member of the funk and soul band the Commodores. The Commodores became established as a popular soul group; their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as " Machine Gun " and " Brick House ".
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