Lionel Richie: Dancing on the Ceiling

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Episode 3 of 4

Duration: 1 hour

After 15 years of soaring success with the Commodores, Lionel Richie left the group to go solo in what many considered to be a risky move. His first solo album, Lionel Richie, grabbed the world's attention, whilst the follow-up, Can't Slow Down, turned him into a global superstar. But could he maintain sustained popularity without the group he'd known as brothers behind him?

This documentary shows how Lionel achieved his dream of becoming 'as big as the Beatles' and how much of what he learnt from his years with the Commodores prepared him for that success.

Contributors include: Billboard Magazine editor Adam White; Motown songwriter and producer Gloria Jones; Kenny Rogers; video director Bob Giraldi; songwriter and producer David Foster; General Manager at Motown in 1978, Keith Harris; UK soul singer Lemar; and Pearly Gates of the Flirtations.


Suzanne Phillips
Suzanne Phillips
Executive Producer
Gethin Scourfield
Executive Producer
Paul Bullock


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