Commodores - highly successful soul/funk
band in the 1970s, signed to Motown
having first caught the public eye supporting The Jackson Five
on tour. Now they are perhaps best known for the ballad "Easy", which was not really representative of their output. More usually, they recorded funky, driven dance floor hits including "Brick House", "Fancy Dancer", and "Slippery when wet", amongst others.
The band jumpstarted careers of Lionel Richie and Walter Orange. When Lionel Richie left the band, it has never recovered its early shine. It has also gradually abandoned funky roots to move into the more commercial disco arena