Monday, March 6, 2017

The Commodores

The Commodores are an American funk/soul band, which was at its peak in the late 1970s through the mid 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour.


For three decades, the Commodores have remained a force in the music industry. The Commodores aren’t just any group. They have staying power. Just like their hit song "Brick House," the Commodores have created a foundation that just won’t budge. After churning out hit after hit in the Motown days, the Commodores still hadn’t achieved Grammy recognition. This wasn’t to be until 1986, without Lionel Richie, when the Commodores released “Nightshift”.

In 1968 the group was formed while all the members were in college at Tuskeegee University. After being discovered by Berry Gordy, the Commodores went on to sell over 60 million records for Motown. With hits like “Machine Gun” and “Sail On,” the Commodores became proven artists. They proved it then. They proved it in 1986 with “Nightshift,” and now they are ready to prove it again.

In 1981, Richie recorded "Endless Love" with Diana Ross. The song peaked at number one for seven and nine weeks, respectively, on the Billboard R&B and pop charts. Its success was a prelude to what Richie enjoyed upon his 1982 exit from the group.

Unlike many other groups, the Commodores haven’t rested on their early hits. Quite the contrary, the Commodores have continued to put out quality work. With the creation of their new label, the Commodores released Commodores Hits Vol. I, Commodores Hits Vol. II, Commodores Christmas, and Commodores XX - No Tricks. The newest CD “Commodores Live” was recorded during the group's 1997 U.S. tour and released in December 1998 along with a TV special.

The successful Commodores of the present have not only produced six new albums and embarked upon a world-wide tour, but have created their own record label, Commodores Records & Entertainment. Today the Commodores stand not only as talented and successful musicians, but as artists determined to continue their success into the future.



Brick House


Sail On


Nightshift


Enjoy today's songs on the playlist





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4 comments:

  1. The music of the Commodores was essentially pleasant background music to me--stuff that I'd hear on the radio and enjoyed, but didn't pay much attention beyond that. That was until Lionel Richie came to the forefront and I sat up to take better notice. He did some great work. Now I have a greatest hits Commodores CD in addition to the Richie albums that I own. Cumulatively speaking, solo and group-wise, there is some great music.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I tend to agree with you on this. I honestly don't think they have done nearly as well as when Richie was with them. Wouldn't it be something if he rejoined the group?

      ~Mary

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  2. Great stuff, if not my usual style. I'm definitely gearing up for the A to Z Challenge in April. Best wishes and happy blogging!

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    1. Really glad to hear it, Darla! Am looking forward to your posts.

      ~Mary

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