Lionel Richie Got Help From An Unlikely Hollywood Legend Early On

Written by on April 30, 2021

Lionel Richie unearthed a nugget Thursday from the early a part of his profession with the Commodores. (Watch the video beneath.)

In an interview on “Watch What Occurs Dwell,” host Andy Cohen requested the singer to call the “first massive actor-artist” to assist the band acquire publicity.

Richie mentioned it was Debbie Reynolds, the Golden Age star of “Singin’ within the Rain” and the mom of Carrie Fisher. Cohen might barely comprise his shock.

Richie recalled: “After we got here into city she was the one who mentioned, ‘Oh, my God, you guys are fabulous, I’m gonna present you round to all of the individuals,’ and she or he took me by the hand and simply took me to fulfill everybody. She was such a sweetheart.”

The Commodores cranked out 1970s hits comparable to “Three Instances a Woman” and “Simple,” and Richie moved on to solo fame with “All Night time Lengthy (All Night time)” and “Say You, Say Me” within the ’80s.

The latter earned him an Oscar in 1986 for Finest Unique Music within the film “White Nights.” And he obtained his Academy Award from Reynolds.

“How ironic is that? How about that?” the “American Idol” choose mentioned.

Right here’s Richie getting his Oscar from Reynolds and her “Singin’ within the Rain” co-stars Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor:

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