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Showing posts with label The Commodores. Show all posts
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Oct 17, 2019

Nightshift by The Commodores (1985)

Nightshift by The Commodores (1985)
"Nightshift" is a 1985 song by the Commodores and the title track from their eleventh album of the same name. The song was written by lead singer Walter Orange in collaboration with Dennis Lambert and Franne Golde, as a loving tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984. The single was released on January 31, 1985 in the United States.

Apr 6, 2019

Oh No by The Commodores (1981-1982)

Oh No by The Commodores (1981-1982)
"Oh No" is an R&B ballad from the 1981 Commodores album In the Pocket. Written by Lionel Richie, the song was released as a single in 1981, being his last hit with the Commodores before going solo.

Similarities of the song's opening bars can be heard in Richie's 1981 duet "Endless Love" with Diana Ross.

This song was also featured in the 1982 movie The Last American Virgin.

Mar 5, 2017

The Commodores - Still on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 (1979)

The Commodores - Still on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992
"Still" is a song by the soul music group the Commodores. It was released as a single on Motown Records with "Such a Woman" as the B-side. The song appears on their hit album Midnight Magic. It is one of the group's most popular singles, the song is also notable for being their last R&B #1 before Lionel Richie went solo.

The song reached the top of both the pop and R&B charts. It reached number one in the United States in 1979. It also reached #4 in the UK Singles Charts.

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Nov 6, 2015

The Commodores - Three Times A Lady - on The Best Of The Commodores - 20th Century Masters Album (1978)

The Commodores - Three Times A Lady - on The Best Of The Commodores - 20th Century Masters Album (1978)
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"Three Times a Lady" is a song by American soul group the Commodores, from their 1978 album Natural High. It was produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores and it was the most popular track of the album.

In an appearance on The Early Show on June 12, 2009, Lionel Richie said he was inspired to write the song because of a comment his father made about his mother. His father said to his mother "I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever" hence the three times a lady. It was also the only Motown song to reach the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100, that year and the Commodores's first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for two weeks on August 12, 1978 and also went to number one the soul chart for two weeks. The song spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. It reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart for four weeks, and was one of only a few Motown singles to reach the top spot in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for five weeks. The song was also very successful in Ireland, staying at #1 in the charts for three consecutive weeks. It was #1 in Australia for five weeks, and reached #2 in New Zealand. In the years since the Commodores had started in 1974 it has been one of their most emotional songs since "You Don't Know That I Know" from the album Caught in the Act in 1975.

The original Commodores' version of the song was included as the final track on Lionel Richie's greatest hits compilation album Back To Front, released in 1992.

Jan 23, 2015

The Commodores - Brick House song

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Brick House is a song from the Commodores' 1977 self-titled album (released as Zoom in the UK). The single peaked at #5 in the U.S. and #32 in the UK pop charts.

In 1977, the Commodores were in the studio recording when there was a problem with the equipment. While the tapes were being repaired and replaced, the group took a break. Ronald LaPread, the group's bass player, began jamming. Bit by bit the rest of the band joined in until they came up with a track and bass line. Upon returning, James Carmichael, the Commodores' producer, heard and recognized that this could be a song worth recording. He asked everyone to see if they could use the riff to come up with a song. Taking the tapes home, William King played them for his wife, Shirley Hanna-King. While he slept she was inspired to write lyrics for the riff, modifying the expression "built like a brick shithouse" for the song.

The following day King sang the lyrics to "Brick House" to the band, allowing them to think he had written it. They loved it and decided that drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange had the funky voice to sing lead vocals, and the song went on the new album.

It took several years before the Commodores discovered that it was actually Shirley Hanna-King who had written the lyrics, and although not originally credited, the band has publicly acknowledged her as the song's writer.

Jan 2, 2015

The Commodores - Easy (1977)

The Commodores - Easy
"Easy" is a song by Commodores for the Motown label, from their fifth studio album, Commodores. Released in March 1977, "Easy" reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of "Easy" paved the way for similar Richie-composed hit ballads such as "Three Times a Lady" and "Still" and also for Richie's later solo hits.

Richie wrote "Easy" with the intention of it becoming another crossover hit for the group, given the success of a previous single, "Just to Be Close to You", which spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart (known as the Hot Soul Singles chart at that time) and peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts in 1976.

The song is noted for a feedback noise, with an echo, that is heard in the Bridge of the song. Also, an electric guitar solo dominates the instrumental portion of the song. In addition, the other Commodores are heard singing wordless harmonies during the chorus of the song.

The edited version receives the most airplay. The longer version from the album features the chorus being repeated more times, a semitone up, from A-flat major to A major, a few times before it fades out.