Benjamin Alderson works as the senior area manager for deVere USA Inc., one of the world’s largest independent financial consultancy groups. Outside of work, one of Benjamin Alderson’s favorite musicians is Lionel Richie. One of Richie’s most iconic songs, Endless Love, turns 35 this year.
Lionel Richie’s original claim to fame was in fronting the Motown legends, The Commodores. Around the same time, another prolific Motown-era group, The Supremes, was led by hit-maker Diana Ross. When the two came together for a duet, Endless Love marked almost opposite points in each of their careers.
For Lionel Richie, the 1981 hit marked his first number 1 song as a solo artist. Conversely, it also marked the last of Diana Ross’ number 1 hits, at least until the present time.
The song, which Billboard hailed as the greatest duet of all time, spent nine weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100, before it was eventually overtaken by Christopher Cross’ Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do).