Feel like dancing on the ceiling? Then oh, what a feeling you’ll get on Friday.
Lionel Richie is the hot ticket at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and his 7:30 p.m. show promises all the smooth singer’s top tunes. The current tour is “All the Hits, All Night Long,” and that means it could be a long night for Richie fans.
The big songs have been coming since 1981, when Richie left the soulful The Commodores to pursue a solo career. He became one of the most successful artists of the ’80s, and scored a string of 13 top 10 hits through 1987. The singles included “Endless Love,” a ballad with Diana Ross, “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Hello,” and “Say You (Say Me).”
Collaboration with the late Michael Jackson produced the famous anthem for 1985’s “Live Aid” concerts — “We Are the World.” In 1986, Richie’s “Dancing on the Ceiling” became a pop and R & B classic. And there’s been “Stuck on You,” “Love Will Conquer All” and “Penny Lover.”
Singer, rapper and actor CeeLo Green will open the Saratoga show.
Lionel Richie, with CeeLo Green
WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
HOW MUCH: $125-$25
MORE INFO: www.spac.org
Richie, now 65, was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. He’s had some lucky breaks — and funny stories — along the way.
— One of The Commodores’ most famous hits was the 1977 “Brick House.”
— Lionel has sold more than 100 million records around the world, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.
— The future singer played tennis in college, and was once noticed walking across campus with a saxophone in his tennis whites. The guys who noticed him were in “The Mystics,” and asked if he could play. Lionel answered “Yes,” even though he only knew a few notes. Richie later was invited to join the group, which eventually became The Commodores.
— Richie wrote “Lady,” a monster hit for Kenny Rogers in 1980.
— Richie’s single “I Call it Love” from his 2006 studio album “Coming Home” became his biggest U.S. hit in 10 years.
— Richie has never been afraid to take chances: In 2012, he reworked some of his biggest hits as duets with country superstars such as Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Darius Rucker. The album, “Tuskegee,” was a smash. It reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 list.
— Lionel performed at Michael Jackson’s 2009 memorial service.
— Richie has helped raise more than $3.1 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
— He has appeared on both the Canadian Idol and Australian Idol TV shows.
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