Music History: Lionel Richie Hits #1 With ‘Hello’ In 1984
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lionel Richie[/lastfm] hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his smash hit single “Hello” on May 12, 1984. The track was released as the third single off of Lionel’s 1983 release “Can’t Slow Down” and also scored the top spot on the pop, R&B and adult contemporary charts.
Following a run as the frontman for the classic 1970s funk outfit the [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Commodores[/lastfm], Richie became a solo star in 1982 with the release of his self-titled debut. That album yielded the first three of what would become a string on thirteen consecutive singles all to break into the top ten. “Hello” was among five that hit number one.
“Hello” took over the top spot from Phil Collins’ hit track “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” and held on for two weeks. It was succeeded on the week of May 26 by Deniece Williams’ hit “Let’s Hear It For The Boy.”