The Commodores is an American group formed in 1968 whose particularity, apart from having produced certain hits, is that it had as singer a certain ... Lionel Richie, a figure very emblematic of the 80s.
Originally, the group was the result of the union of 2 other groups, on the one hand "The Mystics" and on the other hand "The Jays".
And his name was chosen at random from the dictionary. William "WAK" King, the name "finder" then said: "We are doing well because we could have been called" The Commodes ""!
The group produced three albums between 1975 and 1976: "Caught in the Act", "Movin’ on" and "Hot on the tracks" which will be considered emblematic of their 'Funk period'.
The following years will be more like ballads.
Their biggest hit will be "Easy" which came out in 1977. Shortly followed by "Three times a lady" which came out in 1978.
In 1979, it was the titles "Sail on" and "Still" which achieved great performances on the Charts side.
1981 will be another good year with 2 titles ranked in the Top 10 namely "Oh no" and "Lady (You bring me up)".
The great adventure unfortunately ended in 1982 with the departure of Lionel Richie who took off for a solo career, the results of which are known.
Because even if the group will continue to exist, it will only decline as it is almost impossible to replace a singer of such a caliber.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• Machine gun 1974
• Slippery when wet 1975
• Sweet love 1976
• Just to be close to you 1976
• Easy 1977
• Brick house 1977
• Too hot ta trot 1978
• Three times a lady 1978
• Sail on 1979
• Still 1979
• Wonderland 1980
• Old fashion love 1980
• Lady 1981
• Oh no 1981
• Only you 1983
• Nighshift 1985
• Animal instinct 1985
• Janet 1985
• Goin to the bank 1986
• Take it from me 1987
• United in love 1987
• Solitaire 1988
• Everything reminds me of you 1993
1974 ... first title and first success. Beginnings with a fanfare that already speak volumes about the group's potential...
1975...the beginnings before Lionel... Nice but missing a binder... Problem soon corrected...
1976 ... the first global mega hit. A very rapid rise which confirms all the good that one can think of them
1976 ... when the gifted takes control, inevitably everything accelerates suddenly. Success, mega hits, fame, everything follows !
1977 ... Lionel really begins to work miracles. Here is a first one. And that's just the beginning !
1977 ... the level of sales increases exponentially. The group becomes one of the major groups of the moment
1978 ... a title hors d'oeuvre from the beginning of the year. Before the arrival of a incredible title that will amaze the whole planet !
1978 ... the new miracle of Saint Lionel. At this stage, and despite an obvious talent, we are far from imagining the phenomenal career which awaits the singer in the years which will follow ...
1979 ... a first track of very large caliber in ballad format. Before the arrival of yet another HUGE title...
1979 ... pass of 3 ! As for romantic ballads, we see in him obvious predispositions. And the future will demonstrate it in a breathtaking way !
1980 ... a change of decade that takes place smoothly and in ballad mode, once again. Why change what works ...?
1980 ... back to Dance. Certainly, the tempo is not likely to hit the red but at least it grooves !
1981 ... a Dance trend which is confirmed with this title which allows them to obtain their 2nd biggest planetary hit. Just that !
1981 ... they confirm once again their indisputable status as World Champions of American Quarter...
1983 ... after the air gap following the departure of Lionel Richie, the group is rebuilding as good as it is ...
1985 ... Lionel is gone but that does not prevent the group from signing a last mega hit which makes them definitively enter the musical legend of the 80s. MAS-TER-FUL !
1985 ... the year of the renaissance. The group is back to success again. Like what, nothing is never finished ...
1985 ... a year that ends as it started : in style. The Commodores 2 season is in full swing !
1986 ... the last major hit. We suspected that it was not going to last forever. But they will have saved the essential
1987 ... even if this title will not have the same level of success as its predecessor, the least we can say is that it rocks seriously once again !
1987 ... some Ultimate Slow of great Class to finish. What better way to end a wonderful adventure that will have lasted more than 20 years ...
1988 ... come on, the adventure is not entirely over. The group gets their last hit here, certainly minor, but it's always better than nothing as they say !
1993 ... they will even attempt the transition to the next decade but it will be a waste of time. The public has moved on to something else for a long time ...
Official Website :
Greatest Hits :