Lionel Richie in 1980

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Lionel Richie and the Commodores
Lionel Richie and the Commodores came to Motown originally as a support act to the Jackson 5 before establishing themselves as a popular group. Their hits ranged from funky jams to smooth ballads and included "Brick House," "Three Times a Lady," "Easy," "Still" and "Machine Gun." In 1982, Lionel released his self-titled debut album and enjoyed a successful solo career through the '80s.

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