The Commodores provided some nice soul.  When they did their “softer” songs, they gave us something good to bring our special lady close to us, giving us a chance to share our “soul” with that person.

The Commodores

They even put some country flavoring into their music on a tune like “Sail On.”  And Lionel Richie ended up writing songs that country stars like Kenny Rogers turned into crossover classics.

Some of those softer tunes got some “raking over” by comedians like Eddie Murphy doing “Buckwheat” singing “Three Times A Lady.”

I know I laughed at that.

The Commodores also knew how to bring the funk, and they could bring it hard enough to get people out on the dance floor.  I know I grabbed my lady not that long ago at a friend’s wedding reception, because I just felt the need to shake it to “Brick House.”

Whether it was soft soul or solid funk, they knew what it took to get people on a dance floor.

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