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Fresh from the judges' panel at "American Idol," Lionel Richie will headine Thursday's Riverbend at 9:30 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage. Facebook.com photo / Kevin Winter

Fresh from the judges' panel at "American Idol," Lionel Richie will headline Thursday's Riverbend at 9:30 p.m. on the Coca-Cola Stage.

* Baby boomers first knew Lionel Richie in the 1970s as frontman for the Commodores, bringing to life that band's funky dance tracks like "Brick House," before going solo in 1982.

* Songs he wrote and sang that became hits are too numerous to list, but a few of the most recognizable are: "Lady," "Sail On," "You Are," "My Love," "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Truly," "Hello" and "Running With the Night."

* He co-wrote the 1985 charity song "We Are the World" with Michael Jackson, which sold more than 20 million copies.

* "We Are the World" won a Grammy Award, one of four Grammys has has received.

* He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "Say You, Say Me" featured in the movie "White Nights." That song also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

* In 2016, he received the Johnny Mercer Award, The Songwriter Hall of Fame's highest honor.

* In 2018, Richie was the celebrity spokesperson for an AmeriTrade commercial pitching how the company lets you trade any time day or night. The humor in the pitch was that Richie resisted using the words of his smash hit "All Night Long" to describe that 24/7 service, instead substituting phrases such as "from darkness to light" and "all night through its entirety."

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