Artist Post: The Commodores

The Commodores are an American funk/soul band that was formed in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1968. The original members of the band were Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, William King, Ronald LaPread, and Walter “Clyde” Orange. The band was initially called The Mystics, but they later changed their name to The Commodores, after a naval term.

The Commodores gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s with their unique blend of funk, soul, and R&B music. They released their self-titled debut album in 1977, which included the hit single “Brick House.” Their second album, “Caught in the Act,” was released in 1975 and included the hit single “Slippery When Wet.” Other notable hits by The Commodores include “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” and “Nightshift.”

The Commodores were known for their smooth and soulful sound, which was characterized by their use of horns, bass guitar, and keyboards. They were also known for their tight harmonies and infectious grooves, which made their music popular with audiences around the world. The band’s music has had a significant impact on the funk, soul, and R&B genres, and they have been credited with influencing countless artists over the years.

In addition to their success as a band, several members of The Commodores have also had successful solo careers. Lionel Richie, in particular, has become one of the most successful artists of all time, with numerous hit singles and albums to his name. Overall, The Commodores’ contribution to music has been significant, and their music continues to be enjoyed by fans around the world.

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