Tag: Commodores

Friday 12/23/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Commodores – Live (1977)

Commodores Live! is a live album by the Commodores, released in October 1977. The album reached number 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album was recorded during their 1976-1977 coast-to-coast US tour, primarily during their Atlanta and Washington D.C. shows. The last track, “Too Hot ta Trot”, is a studio recording.

  1. “Won’t You Come Dance With Me” 3:36
  2. “Slippery When Wet” 3:00
  3. “Come Inside” 3:12
  4. “Just to Be Close to You” 7:17
  5. “Funny Feelings” 5:16
  6. “Fancy Dancer” 4:44
  7. “Sweet Love” 8:39
  8. “Zoom” 10:00
  9. “Easy” 7:23
  10. “I Feel Sanctified” 2:58
  11. “Brick House” 11:18
  12. “Too Hot Ta Trot” 5:38

Thursday 12/1/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Commodores – In The Pocket (1981)

In the Pocket is the ninth studio album by the Commodores, released by Motown Records June 22, 1981. It is the last Commodores album to feature Lionel Richie, as he left the band to start a solo career the following year. The bulk of the album was recorded at Web IV Recording Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

This album contained two hit singles, “Oh No” (U.S. #4) and “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” (U.S. #8).

  1. “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” 4:46
  2. “Saturday Night” 5:00
  3. “Keep on Taking Me Higher” 5:19
  4. “Oh No” 2:51
  5. “Why You Wanna Try Me” 4:36
  6. “This Love” 5:15
  7. “Been Loving You” 3:52
  8. “Lucy” 4:48

Lionel Richie – vocals, pianos, keyboards, saxophones
Milan Williams – keyboards, vocals
Thomas McClary – vocals, guitars
Ronald LaPread – bass, vocals
Walter Orange – drums, vocals, percussion[6]
William King – trumpet
David Cochrane – keyboards, guitars, saxophones
Harold Hudson – keyboards, trumpet, vocals
Darrell Jones – guitars
James Anthony Carmichael – horn and string arrangements
Gene Page – rhythm arrangements (4, 8)

Sunday 5/8/22 3pm ET: Feature LP: Commodores (1977)

Commodores is the fifth studio album by the Commodores, released March 30, 1977. The album spent eight weeks at the top of the R&B/soul albums chart, the second of their albums to do so, and was their first Top 5 pop album. There is also a previously released extended version.

“Squeeze the Fruit” 3:00
“Funny Feelings” 4:51
“Heaven Knows” 4:41
“Zoom” 6:43
“Won’t You Come Dance with Me” 3:47
“Brick House” 3:27
“Funky Situation” 3:39
“Patch It Up” 3:58
“Easy” 4:16

Lionel Richie – vocals, saxophones, keyboards
Milan Williams – keyboards
Thomas McClary – vocals, guitars
Ronald LaPread – bass
Walter Orange – vocals, drums, percussion
William King – trumpet
Cal Harris – synthesizers
Darrell Jones – guitars

Wednesday 12/15/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Commodores – Midnight Magic (1979)

Midnight Magic is the seventh studio album by the musical group the Commodores, released in July 1979. The album was certified Gold in the UK by the BPI.

  1. “Gettin’ It” 4:18
  2. “Midnight Magic” 5:42
  3. “You’re Special” 5:10
  4. “Still” 5:41
  5. “Wonderland” 5:28
  6. “Sexy Lady” 3:30
  7. “Lovin’ You” 4:36
  8. “Sail On” 5:32
  9. “12:01 A.M. (Reprise)” 1:00

Lionel Richie – vocals, acoustic piano, keyboards, saxophones
Milan Williams – keyboards
Thomas McClary – vocals, guitars
Ronald LaPread – bass
Walter Orange – vocals, drums
William King – trumpet
Harold Hudson – horn and string arrangements (1, 3, 6)
James Anthony Carmichael – horn and string arrangements (2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)

Tuesday 10/27/2020 11pm ET: Feature LP: Commodores – Very Best Of (1995)

The Very Best of The Commodores is the seventh compilation album by American funk/soul band Commodores, released in 1995 on Motown Records. The album charted at No. 26 on the UK Pop Albums chart and at No. 39 on the New Zealand Pop Albums chart. The album has been certified Silver in the UK by the BPI.

Easy – 4:22
Three Times A Lady – 3:38
Nightshift – 4:24
Brick House – 3:35
Machine Gun – 2:42
Zoom – 4:22
Old-Fashion Love – 3:25
Sail On – 3:58
Lady – 4:04
Oh No – 3:03
Too Hot Ta Trot – 3:33
The Zoo (The Human Zoo) – 3:08
Still – 3:46
Sweet Love – 3:29
Janet – 3:43
Flying High – 3:55
Only You – 4:29
Animal Instinct – 4:06
Just To Be Close To You – 3:23
Wonderland – 3:48

Tuesday 6/23/2020 2pm ET: Feature Artist – Commodores

Commodores is an American funk and 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 (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 the co-lead singer. 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”.

The Commodores were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The band has also won one Grammy Award out of nine nominations. As well the Commodores have sold over 70 million albums worldwide.

Tuesday 4pm: Sounds of The 80s

This week on Sounds of The 80s:  Pointer Sisters, Eddie Money, Commodores, Maxi Priest, Genesis, Janet Jackson, B-52s, Sammy Hagar, Survivor, Earl Thomas Conley, U2, and more . . .

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

gsp-iPhoneIt feels good to be back in the home studio after spending the last three weeks in Massachusetts, so, it’s once again time for “Great Soul Performances” on home turf. This evening we’ll hear music from: the Commodores, Gene Chandler, Blue Magic, Angel Rissoff, Joe Cuba, Wynonnie Harris, Archie Bell & the Drells, Jimmy Castor, the Soul Survivors, Ray Charles & the Raelettes, Curtis Mayfield live in concert, segment 9 of the “Motown Story” and a whole lot more. We’ll begin as usual at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT. Let’s get together and have a good time later on “Great Soul Performance” right here on RadioMaxMusic.com.

Artist Countdown: Lionel Richie Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @radiomax @LionelRichie

lRichieLionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit “Truly”.

Richie was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. His grandfather’s house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and graduated with a major in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House.” Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and the tragic breakup ballad “Sail On.”

By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogers’s album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of “Lady,” which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown’s biggest hits (in the US it sold 2 million copies and became a platinum single record).[citation needed] Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for The Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. His debut album, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, “Truly,” which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 All Night Long (All Night)
2 Say You, Say Me
3 Hello
4 Stuck on You
5 Dancing on the Ceiling
6 Running with the Night
7 Endless Love (with Diana Ross)
8 Do It to Me
9 Penny Lover
10 Ballerina Girl
11 You Are
12 Don’t Wanna Lose You
13 Se La
14 Truly
15 Angel
16 I Call It Love
17 Love Will Conquer All
18 Just for You
19 My Destiny
20 My Love
21 Just Go
22 Deep River Woman (with Alabama)
23 Love, Oh Love
24 Long Long Way to Go
25 Ordinary Girl
26 Don’t Stop the Music
27 To Love a Woman (with Enrique Iglesias)
28 Still in Love
29 Closest Thing to Heaven
30 Face in the Crowd (with Trijntje Oosterhuis)
31 All Around the World
32 Time
33 Endless Love (with Shania Twain)
34 Tender Heart
35 I Forgot
36 Cinderella
37 Climbing
38 What You Are
39 Deep River Woman (with Little Big Town)
40 I Still Believe