Lionel Richie to join Apollo Hall of Fame

Friday March 9, 2012

Lionel Richie and the late Etta James are to be inducted into the Apollo Theater's hall of fame in New York.

The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem location on June 4.

Lionel performed with The Commodores at the Apollo in the 1970s. His hits include Stuck on You and Endless Love.

Etta's versatile style included blues, soul, jazz, R&B and rock. She's known for ballads such as At Last and Trust in Me. She performed at the Apollo in 1957 and again in the 1960s.

Her last album, The Dreamer, was released just three months before her death on January 20. She was 73.

Past Apollo Legends Hall of Fame inductees include Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle.

Photo: © Getty

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