Formed 1968.

US funk/soul band with Lionel Richie

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Steve Wright chats to Lionel Richie.

Steve Wright chats to Lionel Richie.

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The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the 1970s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour.

The group's most successful period was in the late 1970s and early 1980s when Lionel Richie was lead singer and songwriter. The band's biggest hit singles are ballads such as "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", and "Nightshift"; and funky dance hits which include "Brick House", "Fancy Dancer", "Lady (You Bring Me Up)", and "Too Hot ta Trot".

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Commodores

    Commodores 1977

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Hinted at the potential of Lionel Richie
  2. Review of Commodores

    Commodores 1977

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    The sound of the Commodores as Lionel Richie takes centre stage.
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