Kathie Lee & Hoda: Lionel Richie ‘Tuskegee’ Review

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: Lionel Richie Interview

Lionel Richie Tuskegee: Kathie Lee & Hoda

Kathie Lee & Hoda talked with Lionel Richie about his album Tuskegee and what it was like working with great country artists & going country. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

He is a music legend that needs no introduction. Lionel Richie has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years and earning himself five Grammys and an Academy Award. He joined Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb in the studio to talk about his newest album, Tuskegee, working with such great country artists and going country.

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Lionel Richie: Tuskegee Review

Kathie Lee said Tuskegee is the biggest selling CD for the first half of 2012. He said what a surprise. He went down and wanted to do a little country and everyone in country knew every song that he has ever done.

He said he wasn’t going country, he is country. He came from Tuskegee, Alabama. “Sail On” and “Stuck On You were on the country charts, but he never really went there.

Lionel Richie talked about working with Rascal Flatts on the album. He said instead of making it like a Sinatra album where you have to sing it like Frank, Lionel said he told them they are a band and make it a Rascal Flatts song and he’ll come in after them. He said why did he do that? Here is Lionel Richie trying to get Lionel Richie on a Lionel Richie song.

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Lionel Richie: Working With Country Artists

The ladies asked how he got the artists, like Shania Twain and Rascal Flatts. Lionel said he asked the question and what song they would want to do. Kenny Chesney, you would think would want to sing a muscle song, but he wanted to sing “Penny Lover.” He said these guys are so much fun. They all said yes right away. Lionel said we get in the studio and we are having fun. “We laughed a lot.” He said it reminds him of how the music business used to be.

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