Lionel Richie

Lionel Richie headlines the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 30. 

Lionel Richie is headlining the Minnesota State Fair.

The iconic R&B/soul/pop star will perform at Minnesota’s “Great Get-Together” Aug. 30 inside the fair’s grandstand. Tickets go on sale this Friday (Feb. 8) at www.etix.com/ticket/v/8597 and are $57 and $67.

Richie, who is known to younger audiences as a judge on American Idol and slightly older audiences as the father to reality star pioneer Nicole Richie, is best known for his numerous contributions to music. As a founding member of the soul/funk group, The Commodores, Richie penned and sang lead on a slew of hits that include “Easy,” “Three Times A Lady,” “Endless Love” featuring Diana Ross, “Sail On,” “Brick House,” “Just to Be Close to You” and more. As a solo artist, Richie made what sometimes can be a difficult transition out of a group into a solo career.

His solo credits are arguably more impressive than his work with The Commodores. As a solo artist Richie enjoyed great success with smash hits such as “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” “Say You, Say Me” and more.

A proleptic writer, Richie wrote “Lady” for country star, Kenny Rogers. “Lady” has the distinction of reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country, Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. The song, originally written for The Commodores but given to Rogers once the group turned it down, also ranked on Billboard’s Hot R&B chart (then called Top Black Singles), peaking at 42. It was the first record to separately chart on those four boards.

Richie, along with Michael Jackson, also wrote the world’s first multi-platinum single, “We are the World,” a charity song performed by the supergroup, USA for Africa. The song raised more than $63 million for worldwide famine relief.

An opening act for Richie at the State Fair has yet to be announced.

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