1982 Lionel Richie – Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie is the eponymous debut solo studio album by Lionel Richie. It was recorded and released while Richie was still a member of the Commodores. He would leave the group shortly after. It was released on October 6, 1982 on Motown Records. The first single, “Truly”, topped the Billboard Hot 100. Follow-up single “You Are” reached number four, and “My Love” reached number five. The album was also a hit, reaching number one on the Cashbox albums chart on December 11, 1982.

In 2003, Lionel Richie was re-released as part of a remaster series that saw two additional tracks added to the overall package. A solo version of “Endless Love” and an instrumental version of “You Are” now round out the CD.

As well as featuring English musician Thomas Dolby on synthesizers, Joe Walsh provided the guitar solo for the song “Wandering Stranger”. It was his first album appearance since playing all tracks on John Entwistle’s fifth solo album, Too Late the Hero.

Tracks

1  Serves You Right (John McClain, Greg Phillinganes, Lionel Richie) 5:14
2  Wandering Stranger (Lionel Richie) 5:36
3  Tell Me (Lionel Richie, David Foster) 5:33
4  My Love (Lionel Richie) 4:08
5  Round And Round (David Cochrane, Lionel Richie) 4:56
6  Truly (Lionel Richie) 3:24
7  You Are (Brenda Harvey Richie, Lionel Richie) 5:05
8  You Mean More To Me (Lionel Richie) 3:07
9  Just Put Some Love In Your Heart (Lionel Richie) 1:24

Media

Musicians

1 Serves You Right

BassNathan Watts
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsHoward Kenney
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsLionel Richie


2 Wandering Stranger

DrumsLeon Chancler
Guitar (solo)Joe Walsh
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Acoustic GuitarFred Tackett
Fender RhodesClarence McDonald
PianoMike Lang
HarpGayle Levant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsLionel Richie


3 Tell Me

DrumsPaul Leim
Guitar (solo)Richie Zito
GuitarDavid Cochrane
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocoderMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerDavid Cochrane
FluteLouise Di Tullio
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsDavid Cochrane
Background VocalsJimmy Connors
VocalsLionel Richie


4 My Love

BassNathan East
DrumsLeon Chancler
GuitarDarryl Jones
PianoLionel Richie
HarpGayle Levant
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetWarren Luening
WoodwindsDon Ashworth
WoodwindsGary Herbig
WoodwindsGene Cipriano
WoodwindsLarry Williams
Background VocalsKenny Rogers
Background VocalsKin Vassy
Background VocalsTerry Williams
VocalsLionel Richie


5 Round And Round

BassDavid Cochrane
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDarryl Jones
PianoDavid Cochrane
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocoderMichael Boddicker
SaxGary Herbig
SaxErnie Watts
SaxWilliam Green
SaxDavid Cochrane
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TromboneLew McCreary
TrumpetBobby Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetWalter Johnson
TrumpetWarren Luening
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionRick Shlosser
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsDavid Cochrane
Background VocalsHoward Kenney
VocalsLionel Richie


6 Truly

BassJoe Chemay
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Acoustic GuitarTim May
Fender RhodesBill Payne
PianoLionel Richie
FluteLouise Di Tullio
VocalsLionel Richie


7 You Are

BassDavid Cochrane
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDarryl Jones
GuitarDavid Cochrane
Fender RhodesLionel Richie
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
VocoderMichael Boddicker
SaxErnie Watts
SaxGary Herbig
SaxWilliam Green
TrumpetBobby Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetWalter Johnson
TrumpetWarren Luening
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsDeborah Thomas
Background VocalsDavid Cochrane
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsLionel Richie


8 You Mean More To Me

BassJoe Chemay
DrumsPaul Leim
Acoustic GuitarDarryl Jones
PianoLionel Richie
WoodwindsDon Ashworth
WoodwindsGary Herbig
WoodwindsGene Cipriano
WoodwindsLarry Williams
Background VocalsRichard Marx
VocalsLionel Richie


9 Just Put Some Love In Your Heart

Fender RhodesMike Lang
PianoMike Lang
HarpGayle Levant
FluteLouise Di Tullio
VocalsLionel Richie

Other Musicians

Strings – Allan Harshman, Armand Kaproff, Assa Drori, David Schwartz, David Speltz, Dennis Karamazyn, Erno Neufeld, Frederick Sekura, Henry Ferber, Joy Lyle, Mari Botnick, Myron Sandler, Nathan Ross, Paul Shure, Rollice Dale, Ronald Folsom, Tibor Zelig, William Henderson , William Kurash (Tracks 4, 5, 7, 8)
Strings – Harry Bluestone (Tracks 5, 7)
Viola – Alan DeVertich, Allan Harshman, Gareth Nuttycombe, Virginia Majewski (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 9)
Violin – Assa Drori, Bonnie Douglas, Charles Veal Jr, Donald Palmer, Endre Granat, Henry Roth, Jack Shulman, Joy Lyle, Mari Tsumura-Botnick, Paul Shure, Sheldon Sanov (Tracks 2, 3, 6, 9)

Liner Notes

Arranged By – Lionel Richie, James Anthony Carmichael
Producer (Assistant) – Brenda Harvey-Richie
Arranged By – Greg Phillinganes (Track 1)
Arranged By, Arranged By (Strings) – James Anthony Carmichael (Track 3)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Kenny Rogers (Track 4)
Arranged By – David Cochrane (Track 5)
Arranged By – Gene Page (Tracks 2, 6, 9)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Engineer (Recording & Mix) – Calvin Harris
Engineer (Second Recording) – Jim Cassell
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By – Fred Law, Michael Johnson, Stephan Smith

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Photography By – David Alexander

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Motown Record Corporation
Copyright (c) – Motown Record Corporation
Recorded At – A&M Studios
Mixed At – Motown Recording Studios

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