91. The Commodores

91. The Commodores
Talking about Motown was certainly nothing new during the NIHOF Rock and Roll discussions. However, the topic generally came up when discussing forgotten and neglected 60’s artists from the legendary label, and rarely for the achievements of the decade that followed. Yet one of the Detroit label’s biggest success was a 70’s group that originated from the American Deep South where the Commodores emerged as a major player in the R&B scene.   With a series of hits that crossed over ballads to traditional Funk, the Commodores certainly have to be considered an intriguing Hall of Fame candidate. They have the success in the 70’s going for them in a genre that is considered Hall respectable. Although their greatest success came form their ballads, they maintained enough Soul in their sound to still give them legitimacy. Combine that with their Funk hits you have a band that has a definite shot for the Hall. The real wild card could be Lionel Richie who eclipsed his former group but really did not have the Rock credo going for him in his solo efforts. Still, inducting the Commodores would allow the Hall to induct Richie without having to acknowledge his solo work.   The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1999   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Tuskegee, AL)   Why They Will Get In: They are still well known and have the cache value of Lionel Richie to assist.   Why They Won’t Get In: They may not have enough “rock” credibility for the Hall   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: Machine Gun (1974) Caught in the Act (1975) Commodores (1977) Natural High (1978)     Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Machine Gun (From Machine Gun, 1974) Slippery When Wet (From Caught in the Act, 1975) Brick House (From Commodores, 1977) Easy (From Commodores, 1977) Night Shift (From Night Shift, 1985)   www.commodoreslive.com {youtube}FrkEDe6Ljqs{/youtube}{youtube}-5EmnQp3V48{/youtube}{youtube}HIRGNzVIz6Y{/youtube}{youtube}v5ruDqdZn_s{/youtube} {acepolls 107}

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