Exclusive: Lionel Richie Recalls His Amazing Chance Meeting with Marvin Gaye
April 18, 2014
Lionel Richie is still going strong and the 64-year-old crooner recently opened up about his new tour and also recalled his first amazing meeting with music icon Marvin Gaye.
Marvin Gaye was recording and by accident, I went into the wrong recording room. He was just singing off the top of his head, making up as he went along -- there was such a freedom to it. And finally when he finished, I asked him the question, 'What music conservatory did you graduate from?' And he said, 'What's that?'And I said, 'Got it.'"
"I thought that you had to come from a university - there has to be a logical reason why you know what you know. And so this freedom of... you're this famous and you don't know how to do that? A light went on."
His summer tour -- titled "All the Hits All Night Long"
-- kicks off with Cee Lo Green May 29 in Vancouver. Click here for a full list of tour dates!
Watch the video for more, including Lionel explaining how he receives his songwriting inspiration.