He set aside a career as a tennis pro and Episcopalian minister to pursue music, and that was a good move, as Lionel Richie has had a long career, going back to The Commodores in 1968. Richie played saxophone and sang on hits like Machine Gun and Brick House and wrote Easy, Three Times a Lady and Sail On. He wrote Lady for Kenny Rogers and sang Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Richie went solo in 1982, and had a long string of hits, including Truly, You Are, My Love, All Night Long, Hello, Stuck on You and a dozen others. Richie won an Oscar for Say You, Say Me and collaborated with Michael Jackson on the charity single We Are the World. Richie has continued to write and perform all through the 1990s and up to now, and is considered one of the most successful singer/songwriters in music history with sales of more than 100 million records, four Grammy Awards and an Oscar for Best Original Song. As recently as 2015. Richie played to more than 100,000 screaming fans at the Glastonbury Festival in England.