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The Commodores
Background information
Origin Tuskegee, Alabama
Genre(s) Funk
Soul
Years active 1968-present
Label(s) Motown, Polydor
Website http://commodoreslive.com/
Members
Walter Orange
William King
J.D. Nicholas
Former members
Lionel Richie
Thomas McClary
Ronald La Pread
Milan Williams

The Commodores were a highly successful funk/soul band of the 1970s and 1980s. The members of the group met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour. Tuskegee re-directs here; for alternate uses see Tuskegee (disambiguation) Tuskegee is a city located in Macon County, Alabama. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Motown Records, also known as Tamla-Motown outside of the United States, is a record label originally based out of Detroit, Michigan (Motor City), where it achieved widespread international success. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Milan B. Williams (March 28, 1948 – July 9, 2006) was an American keyboardist and a founding member of the Commodores band. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Freshmen can refer to multiple things: For the comic book, see Freshmen_(comics). ... Tuskegee University is an American institution of higher learning located in Tuskegee, Alabama. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1968 Gregorian calendar. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... The Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five or The Jackson 5ive, abbreviated as J5, and later known as The Jacksons) was an American popular music quintet from Gary, Indiana. ...

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Biography

This group is perhaps best known for its ballads, such as "Easy" and "Three Times a Lady", but, for the most part, the group mainly recorded funky, driven dance-floor hits which include "Brick House", "Say Yeah", "Fancy Dancer", and "Too Hot Ta Trot", among others. Illustration by Arthur Rackham of the ballad The Twa Corbies A ballad is a story, usually a narrative or poem, in a song. ... Easy is a 1977 hit single by The Commodores for the Motown label, from their fifth studio album, Commodores. ... Three Times A Lady is a 1978 hit single for soul band the Commodores, from their album Natural High. ... Funk is an African American musical style. ... In popular music, a chart-topper is an extremely popular recording, identified by its inclusion in a ranked list—a chart—of top selling or otherwise judged most popular releases. ...


Lionel Richie's "Oh No" is highlighted in the movie The Last American Virgin. "Machine Gun", the instrumental title track from the band's debut album, became a staple at American sporting events, and is similarly featured in many films, including Boogie Nights and Looking for Mr. Goodbar. Another instrumental, "Cebu" (named after an island in the Philippines), later became a staple in the Quiet Storm format. Three albums released in years 1975 and 1976 (Caught in the Act, Movin' On, Hot On The Tracks) are considered the peak of their harder funk perioid. After those recordings the group started to move towards softer sound. Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... The Last American Virgin is a 1982 teen coming-of-age film in the same vein as Summer Break, Better Off Dead and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Boogie Nights is a 1997 film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. ... Looking for Mr. ... Smokey Robinsons 1975 hit single provided the name for the quiet storm radio programming format and the music category. ... Caught in the Act is an album by The Commodores, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Commodores - Hot On The Tracks (1976) Lets Get Started Girl, I Think The World About You High On Sunshine Just To Be Close To You Fancy Dancer Come Inside Thumpin Music Captain Quickdraw Cant Let You Tease Me ...


Band members typically alternated lead vocal duties. After Richie left to pursue a solo career, former Heatwave singer J.D. Nicholas assumed co-lead vocal duties with drummer Walter Orange. However, with the exception of the Grammy-winning "Nightshift" (a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson) the band never achieved the same level of success it had enjoyed with Richie. Ironically, "Nightshift" won The Commodores their only Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals. In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... In music, a solo is a piece or a section of a piece played or sung by a single performer (solo is an Italian word literally meaning alone). ... Heatwave was a popular international R&B/Funk band with Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. ... A singer is a musician who uses their voice to produce music. ... A drummer in Action A drummer is a person who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Nightshift is a 1985 hit song by The Commodores. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... For the British author, see Jacqueline Wilson. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal has been awarded since 1970. ...


Over time, the group's founding members began leaving. McClary left in 1982 (shortly after Richie left) to pursue a solo career and to develop a gospel music company. Ronald LaPread left in 1986 and moved to New Zealand, and Milan Williams exited the band in 1989. The group also gradually abandoned its funk roots and moved into the more commercial pop arena. Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ...


In 1985, the group performed two commercials for NBC affiliate WXIA in Atlanta, Georgia. The group left Motown in 1986 for Polydor, and released several additional albums, which are primarily compilations of previous material. Commercialism redirects here. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... WXIA-TV is the NBC television affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Hotlanta redirects here. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ...


Today, the Commodores consist of Orange, King, and Nicholas. They have re-recorded Commodores hits and have recorded a live album and a Christmas album. “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... // Many successful recording artists release at least one live album at some point during their career. ...


Original band personnel

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Album discography

  • Machine Gun (1974) #138 U.S.
  • Caught in the Act (1975) #26 U.S.
  • Movin' On (1975) #29 U.S.
  • Hot On The Tracks (1976) #12 U.S.
  • Commodores (1977) #3 U.S.
  • The Commodores Live! (1977) #3 U.S., #60 UK
  • Natural High (1978) #3 U.S., #8 UK
  • Midnight Magic (1979) #3 U.S., #15 UK
  • Heroes (1980) #7 U.S., #50 UK
  • In The Pocket (1981) #13 U.S., #70 UK
  • Commodores 13 (1983) #103 U.S.
  • Nightshift (1985) #12 U.S., #13 UK
  • United (1986) #101 U.S.
  • Rock Solid (1988) #101 U.S.

Machine Gun is the first album from the Commodores, released in 1973 on Motown. ... Caught in the Act is an album by The Commodores, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... Commodores - Hot On The Tracks (1976) Lets Get Started Girl, I Think The World About You High On Sunshine Just To Be Close To You Fancy Dancer Come Inside Thumpin Music Captain Quickdraw Cant Let You Tease Me ... Commodores is a self-titled album released in 1977 by the Commodores. ... Natural High is a 1978 album by soul group the Commodores. ... Midnight Magic is a 1979 album by the soul band the Commodores. ... Heroes is a 1980 album by the Commodores issued on Motown Records. ... Commodores 13 is a 1983 album by the Commodores Im In Love Turn Off the Lights Nothing Like a Woman Captured Touchdown Welcome Home Ooo, Woman You Only You Category: ...

Singles

Year Song U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B chart UK singles Album
1974 "Machine Gun" #22 #7 #20 Machine Gun
1974 "I Feel Sanctified" #75 #12 - Machine Gun
1975 "Slippery When Wet" #19 #1 - Caught In The Act
1976 "Sweet Love" #5 #2 - Movin' On
1976 "Just To Be Close To You" #7 #1 #62 Hot On The Tracks
1977 "Fancy Dancer" #39 #9 - Hot On The Tracks
1977 "Easy" #4 #1 #9 The Commodores
1977 "Brick House" #5 #4 - The Commodores
1978 "Too Hot Ta Trot" #24 #1 - The Commodores Live!
1978 "Three Times A Lady" #1 #1 #1 Natural High
1978 "Flying High" #38 #21 #37 Natural High
1979 "Sail On" #4 #8 #8 Midnight Magic
1979 "Still" #1 #1 #4 Midnight Magic
1980 "Wonderland" #25 #21 #40 Midnight Magic
1980 "Old-Fashion Love" #20 #8 - Heroes
1980 "Heroes" #54 #27 - Heroes
1981 "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" #8 #5 #56 In The Pocket
1981 "Oh No" #4 #5 #44 In The Pocket
1982 "Why You Wanna Try Me" #66 #42 - In The Pocket
1982 "Painted Picture" #70 #19 - All The Greatest Hits
1983 "Only You" #54 #20 - Commodores 13
1985 "Nightshift" #3 #1 #3 Nightshift
1985 "Animal Instinct" #43 #22 #74 Nightshift
1985 "Janet" #87 #65 - Nightshift
1986 "Goin' To The Bank" #65 #2 #43 United

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), lists the most popular songs, calculated weekly by airplay and sales, in traditionally African American venues... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... Brick House is a Funk/Disco song recorded by The Commodores in 1977 and is one of their most popular songs. ... Three Times A Lady is a 1978 hit single for soul band the Commodores, from their album Natural High. ... Nightshift is a 1985 hit song by The Commodores. ...

Awards and recognition

The Commodores were inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2003. The Vocal Group Hall of Fame was organized to honor what they term the Greatest Vocal Groups in the World. The Hall of Fame is headquartered in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Trivia

In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965 ) (age 42)[1]), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American heavy metal, groove metal and industrial rock musician, director, and writer. ... Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... This article is about the rap artist. ... Brick House 2003 is a song by Rob Zombie off the House of 1000 Corpses Soundtrack which was released as a promo single in 2003. ... House of 1000 Corpses is a horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie, a Heavy Metal artist, making his debut as a movie director. ... House of 1000 Corpses soundtrack for the movie House of 1000 Corpses directed by Rob Zombie. ... Past, Present & Future is a best of collection of Rob Zombies music, including his solo career and his work with White Zombie. ... Levi Strauss & Co. ... A television advertisement or commercial (often called an advert in the United Kingdom) is a form of advertising in which goods, services, organizations, ideas, etc. ... Levis is a brand of riveted denim jeans manufactured by Levi Strauss & Co. ... Blue Jeans Jeans are pants traditionally made from denim, but may also be made from a variety of fabrics including corduroy. ... Faith No More was an experimental alternative rock group that formed in San Francisco, California in 1982 and disbanded in 1998. ... VCFL may refer to the following terms: The Victorian Country Football League, one of several governing bodies for Australian rules football. ... House, also known as House, M.D., is a critically-acclaimed American medical drama television series created by David Shore and executive produced by Shore and film director Bryan Singer. ... Human Error is the twenty-fourth episode and season finale of the third season of House and the seventieth episode overall. ...

Samples

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BrickHouse. ... Software development stages In computer programming, development stage terminology expresses how the development of a piece of software has progressed and how much further development it may require. ... Commodores is a self-titled album released in 1977 by the Commodores. ...

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