May 16, 2021

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Lionel Richie got help from an unlikely early Hollywood legend

Lionel Richie discovered a solid chunk Thursday from the first part of his career with Commodore. (Watch the video below).

In an interview on “Watch What Happens Live,” host Andy Cohen asked the singer to name the “first major actor and artist” to help the band gain audience.

Richie said she is Debbie Reynolds, the star of the golden age of “Singin ‘in the Rain,” the mother of Carrie Fisher. Cohen could barely contain his amazement.

Richie remembered, “When we came to town, she was the one who said, ‘Oh my God, you guys, you are amazing, I will show you all to all of the people’, and she took me by the hand and took me to meet everyone. She was such a sweetie.”

The Commodore had huge hits in the 1970s as “Three Times a Lady” and “Easy,” and Richie went to singles fame with “All Night Long (All Night)” and “Say You, Say Me” in the 1980s.

The latter won an Academy Award in 1986 for Best Original Song in “White Nights”. And he won an Academy Award from Reynolds.

“How ridiculous? How about that?” Said an American Idol judge.

Here’s Richie as she gets her Oscar from Reynolds and her “Singin” in the Rain “Jane Kelly and Donald O’Connor: