Lionel Richie On His Friendship With Michael
July 19, 2022
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie at GRAMMY Awards February 25, 1986 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California

This week in 1971 the Jackson 5 began their summer tour with opening act The Commodores, featuring lead vocalist Lionel Richie. That tour was the beginning of a lifelong friendship between Richie and Michael. “I was like a big brother to Michael. We talked constantly, right to the end. We both got fame fast, but he was the hare, and I was the tortoise.”