Lionel Richie. Did he really get the recognition he deserved for his contribution to music – songwriting, producing, performing vocally and musically? Not sure. When I see lists of the greatest of all time and see his peers far ahead of him, I reckon he’s probably getting a raw deal, he should at least be in the top 30. Take a standard of his like this. How can this not be one of the best upbeat sort of songs typifying the mood of the party feel it promotes?
Then it’s one thing to have great pleasure in the studio version of the song and have a whale of a time. It’s another thing to then see him have so much fun and crucially see the musicians appearing to have so much of a good time with the song, taking it to one or two places the studio version didn’t. I reckon he is underrated, but thankfully I still get to enjoy the best of his inputs to the soul and R’n’B and overall music soundscape. He is a musical treasure worth celebrating all day and all night long. Enjoy.