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Tuskegee, Alabama, USA (1968 – present)

Commodores are a highly successful and inspired group from Tuskegee, Alabama, USA that formed in 1968. They achieved mainstream popularity in the , and their soulful hits such as “Easy” and “Nightshift” have had strong airplay for decades. They met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute and signed to Motown having first caught the public eye supporting The Jackson Five on tour.

Original Band Personnel

* Lionel Richie (vocals, saxophone, piano) - born on 20 June 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama.
* Thomas McClary (lead guitar) - born on 6 October 1950, in Eustis, Florida.
* Milan Williams (keyboards) - born on 28 March 1948, died June 9th, 2006 in Houston.
* William King (trumpet) - born on 30 January 1949, in Florida.
* Ronald La Pread (bass guitar) - born on 4 September 1946, in Alabama.
* Walter Orange (vocals, drums) - born on 10 December 1946, in Florida.

Many of their hit tunes were written or co-written by Walter “Clyde” Orange, the original lead singer before Lionel Richie came on board. Lionel and Clyde alternated as lead singers. Clyde was also the lead singer on “Nightshift” and “Brick House” among others. Clyde now lives with his family in Coral Springs, Florida and has three children named Paula, Colin and Cody.

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  • JustAKayee

    'Still' is lovely. ♥

    5 Mar 11:18am Reply
  • Charly-Rwubaka

    I remember that best time....

    3 Feb 9:55pm Reply
  • TheeDr

    Still love "Nightshift" almost 30 years after first hearing it in 1985.

    21 Jan 3:12am Reply
  • funkysat

    Forever Came Today !!!!!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • funkysat

    Determination !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • DarkRivitHead

    Good music to relax to.

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • -Untamed-

    Grew up on these guys. <3

    3 Feb 2013 Reply
  • E636L30

    everything they ever made is on my computer and i listen to them everyday,they're music lives on

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • E636L30

    zoom is the song of songs and the commodores are my favorite group of all time

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • renatol2210

    Easy

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • martinjanac

    Nice track

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • martinjanac

    Nice track

    9 Oct 2011 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    I really like their sophisti-funk phase... as represented by the Natural High, Midnight Magic and In The Pocket albums. :-p A softer sound that pointed towards the Lionel solo stuff, but not too 'poppy' yet either.

    26 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithedg

    wish i could have seen him in concert one of my favorites of his many others

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithedg

    wish i could have seen him in concert one of my favorites of his many others

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithedg

    wish i could have seen him in concert one of my favorites of his many others

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithedg

    wish i could have seen him in concert one of my favorites of his many others

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • keithedg

    wish i could have seen him in concert one of my favorites of his many others

    24 Sep 2011 Reply
  • William_RL

    Easy <3

    23 Jul 2011 Reply
  • borromo

    "Lovin you" Boy, what a great song. The old adage holds true in this instance " Good things dont come easily"

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
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