This is a very nice portrait of “The Commodores.” I always thought that these guys were naturally photogenic. However, music wise (I think I’ve mentioned this before), I don’t they were much without Lionel Ritchie. I really hate to say that. And it’s not that I think they’re not talented, maybe it’s the songwriters. Or maybe to fans, Lionel was the Commodores! As far as I can remember, I think it’s safe to say they’ve really only had one big hit after Lionel left the group, and that song was called “Nightshift (1985).” The song was a tribute to the late Jackie Wilson and the late Marvin Gaye. If you listen closely, both their names were mentioned in the song. The song peaked at #3 and stayed relevant for 22 weeks. That same year, Diana Ross sung her tribute to Marvin Gaye in a song called “Missing You.” Diana’s song shot to #10 and stayed relevant for 27 weeks. Interesting how The Commodores’ song peaked higher than Diana’s; yet Diana’s song was on the Top 100 Charts for a little over a month longer.

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If my research is correct, the last album they’ve recorded was in 1993 called “No Tricks.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that Spotify has the original album available, but at least they have the song. I guess the album was a flop anyway, because by the time this album was released, there was only three of them left. I can’t seem to find any chart information, I guess that was pretty much it for their career. It’s a shame they could not work out their differences with Lionel. If you are a Commodores fan, Spotify does have one of their Greatest Hits albums.

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