American funk soul band of the 1970s and 1980s.

They formed as freshmen in Tuskegee University, Alabama, in 1968.
They signed to Motown in 1972, starting with a support stint in The Jackson 5 tour.
They started recording in 1974 in a career that lasted to early 90's.
They have sold in total over 75 million records.
Their peak years commercially were in the late 70's with ballads like "Easy", "Still" and "Three Times a Lady" that defined the style of Lionel Richie's solo career as well.
They are known for the dance funk numbers like "Machine Gun", "Brick House", "The Bump", "Fancy Dancer", and "Too Hot Ta Trot".
Their best work is produced by their permanent producer James Anthony Carmichael.
In 1978 they made a brief appearance in the disco movie "Thank God It's Friday".
When Lionel Richie left for a solo career, Heatwave's J.D. Nicholas replaced him.
Their first Grammy award came in 1985 with their Marvin Gaye tribute "Nightshift".
In 1982, Thomas McClary left the band and was replaced by Sheldon Reynolds.
In 1983 Skyler Jett replaced Lionel Richie for their world tour.

Commodores Discography


M6-798S1 Commodores Machine Gun (Album) Motown M6-798S1 Canada 1974 Sell This Version
RMS 86255 Commodores Movin' On (Album) Motown, Motown RMS 86255 1975 Sell This Version
TSM ST 60101 Commodores Caught In The Act (Album) Motown TSM ST 60101 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
M6-867 Commodores Hot On The Tracks (Album) Motown M6-867 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
5C 152-60167/68, M9-894A2 Commodores Live! (Album) Motown 5C 152-60167/68, M9-894A2 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
M7-884R1 Commodores Commodores (Album) Motown M7-884R1 US 1977 Sell This Version
TMC 5356 Commodores Natural High (Album) Motown TMC 5356 US 1978 Sell This Version
PR-39 Commodores Commodores 1978 Platinum Tour(LP, Promo, Gre) Motown PR-39 US 1978 Sell This Version
M8-926, M 8-926 Commodores Midnight Magic (Album) Motown M8-926, M 8-926 Brazil 1979 Sell This Version
7C 062-63867 Commodores Heroes (Album) Motown 7C 062-63867 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
M8-955M1 Commodores In The Pocket (Album) Motown M8-955M1 US 1981 Sell This Version
TMC 5454 Commodores Commodores 13 (Album) Motown TMC 5454 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
ONN 53 Commodores Uprising (Comp, Album) Intermedia Records ONN 53 UK 1983 Sell This Version
42.299-8, 42299-8 Commodores Nightshift (Album) Motown 42.299-8, 42299-8 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
831-194-1 Commodores United (Album) Polydor 831-194-1 France 1986 Sell This Version
TAIR 86004 Commodores Flying High(LP) BBC Radioplay Music TAIR 86004 UK 1986 Sell This Version
835 369-2 Commodores Rock Solid (Album) Polydor 835 369-2 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
150.8069 Commodores Commodores In Brazil(LP) Motown 150.8069 Brazil 1990 Sell This Version
SBR 80020 Commodores Christmas(CD, Album) SoundBarrier Recordings SBR 80020 US 1992 Sell This Version
SBR 80030 Commodores XX No Tricks (Album) Esoldun SBR 80030 US 1993 Sell This Version
12 465 Commodores Commodores(CD, Album) LaserLight Digital 12 465 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
040-2 Commodores Live!(2xCD, Album) Sound Barrier 040-2 US 1998 Sell This Version
RC 9714 The Real Thing / Kool And The Gang* / The Commodores* The Real Thing / Kool And The Gang* / The Commodores* - The Best Of Soul(3xCD, Album, Box) Road Classics RC 9714 Germany 2000 Sell This Version
80040 Commodores Lady(2xLP, Album, Gat) Motown 80040 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
VIP-28010 Commodores Ballade (LP, Album) Motown VIP-28010 Japan Unknown Sell This Version