He started out as part of the band that gave the world the funky classic "Brick House," but dance music became just a footnote in Lionel Richie's career.
He's best known for creating a long string of soothing -- some people might say "syrupy" -- mainstream ballads that became some of the most popular songs of the past few decades. Among them: "Three Times a Lady," "Truly," "Sail On," "Stuck on You," "Say You, Say Me" and "Hello."
The slow songs are his trademark, but Richie has had a few up-tempo hits over the years, too, including "Dancing on the Ceiling" and "All Night Long."
So he's got more than enough hits to fill a concert, as fans will undoubtedly find out when Richie comes to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on Monday.
If you're not a Richie fan, you still might want to see the show. Richie's sharing the bill with CeeLo Green.
Their music doesn't have too much in common, but Green's career has some parallels to Richie's. He came to fame as a member of the hip-hop group Goodie Mob, then made stylistic switch to soul as member of Gnarls Barkley. He hit the big-time with his pop solo work, including his Bruno Mars collaboration on "Forget You" (as the cleaned-up version of the song is called), and then became a mainstream star as a judge on "The Voice."
Details: 7:30 p.m. July 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $26-$150.50. Information: 813-740-2446, livenation.com.
-- Marty Clear