The Commodores is an American funk/soul band of the 1970s and 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour. This group is best known for their ballads, such as 'Easy' and 'Three Times a Lady', but, for the most part, the group mainly recorded funky, driven dance-floor hits which include 'Brick House', 'The Bump', 'Fancy Dancer', and 'Too Hot ta Trot'. The Commodores originally came together from two former groups the Mystics and the Jays, but wanted to change the name. To choose a new name William 'WAK' King opened a dictionary and randomly picked a word. 'We lucked out,' he remarked with a laugh when telling this story to People magazine. 'We almost became The Commodes!'.
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