With a legendary listof showbiz pals — Frank, MJ, Mick, Stevie Wonder — and nearly 50 years worth of outrageous tales, Billboard Legend of Live honoree Lionel Richie is not your average soft-rock icon. “I’m old school!”
Lionel Richie photographed by Pamela Littky at his home in Beverly Hills, California on October 30, 2014.
"The essence of who you are is onstag...
"The essence of who you are is onstage," Richie tells Billboard. "The performance is the cherry on the cake for all the work you did in the studio."
"I don't think he had a bed -- he jus...
"I don't think he had a bed -- he just slept on the floor," Richie recalls about writing "We Are The World" with Michael Jackson in the King of Pop's bedroom. "There's a bunch of albums around the wall, and there's a carpet and a little bench. I'm writing the first verse -- "There comes a time" -- and I hear over my shoulder, hhhhhhhhhhhh. There was a goddamn f--ing python. A boa constrictor, a python, who cares what the hell it was. It was a big-ass, ugly-ass snake. I'm from Alabama -- what you do with a snake is you call the police and you shoot the damn thing. I was screaming."
Richie recalls his unlikely showbiz f...
Richie recalls his unlikely showbiz friendship with Frank Sinatra: "He said, 'If you're lucky enough in this business to have one hit record that the world remembers and asks you to sing over and over, you got yourself a career. You lucky son of a bitch, you got more than one and you wrote them all.'"