Lionel Richie was born as Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. on June 20, 1949 in Tuskegee, Alabama. He is best known as Grammy and Academy Award-winning vocalist (both with The Commodores and solo), songwriter and producer.
However, just like Phil Collins, Lionel Richie is not only singer, but plays drums as well. In fact, he is a multi-instrumentalist: Richie played drums, piano and keyboard on his solo debut album 'Lionel Richie' (1982), and co-produced the disc as well.
For his sophomore album, 'Can't Slow Down', Lionel Richie took care of rhythm arrangements, amongst others.