2. The Commodores
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The Story Of Lionel Richie
2. 2. The Commodores
The Commodores originated while its members were at university at the Tuskegee Institute. They chose their name by randomly opening the dictionary and later joked they lucked out as they could have been called 'The Commodes'. After winning the university's annual freshman talent contest they signed for one record with Atlantic Records before moving to Motown and finding fame supporting the Jackson 5. Richie wrote and sang on their romantic classics such as Easy, Three Times A Lady and Still.