11 October

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1975 Neil Sedaka's "Bad Blood," with backup vocals by Elton John, hits #1 for the first of three weeks.

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Lionel Richie Releases Second Solo Album

1983

Lionel Richie releases his second solo album, Can't Slow Down, which goes on to sell over 10 million copies in America.


Richie released his first (self-titled) solo album in 1982, the year he left the Commodores. With the hits "Truly" and "You Are," it's a huge success, but Can't Slow Down takes him to a new level, thanks in part to MTV, which post-Thriller, now welcomes black artists.

The first single is a party song: "All Night Long (All Night)." A #1 hit, it incorporates some Caribbean and African sayings in the lyrics, along with some made-up words that sound fun. "Running With The Night" follows, and then another #1 hit, "Hello," famous for its video where Richie shares a moment with a blind pottery student.

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