The Commodores are an American funk and soul band formed in 1968 at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The original members included Lionel Richie, Thomas McClary, Milan Williams, William King, Ronald LaPread, and Walter “Clyde” Orange. Over the years, the lineup underwent changes, with Lionel Richie leaving for a successful solo career in the early 1980s. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the Commodores achieved immense success with a string of hits, including “Brick House,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Easy,” and “Nightshift.” Their music seamlessly blended funk, soul, and pop, and they became known for their dynamic live performances. After Lionel Richie’s departure, the Commodores continued to release music, exploring different styles such as contemporary R&B. While their later commercial success did not match their earlier peak, the Commodores remain celebrated for their contributions to the soul and funk genres. Their classic hits continue to be cherished, making them an enduring presence in the history of American music.

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