Song: “Three Times A Lady” by the Commodores
Reached #1: August 12, 1978 (their first, 2 weeks)
They were a band out of Tuskegee, Alabama that picked its name by flipping to a random page in the dictionary – leading co-founder William King to laugh that the band could have been called “the Commodes”.
While they were primarily known for funk and soul, their biggest hits were the ballads that Lionel Richie wrote and sang, reflecting his country roots. “Three Times A Lady” started as a comment Richie’s father made about his mother – and became the Commodores’ first pop #1 hit.
The group formed in 1968… and by 1979, it was obvious that the group was becoming Lionel Richie & friends, so Richie left the group to go solo.
The group is enjoying nostalgia-tour success, with their last charted hit in the mid-‘80s, and their last big one being the 1985 tribute single “Nightshift” (memorializing Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye).
As for Richie… his country duet album Tuskegee came out earlier this year, and the touring he’s been doing to support it led to this Wikipedia line – “On June 17, 2012, Richie made a special guest appearance on The Voice Australia performing Easy with son-in-law Joel Madden. “ Yes, Good Charlotte’s Madden is married to Nicole Richie (Lionel’s adopted daughter), but… it just scans oddly at first to read it that way, doesn’t it?
Tomorrow, a band whose name may (or may not) be a drug reference…
Other songs that reached #1 on August 12:
1989 – “Right Here Waiting” by Richard Marx (his third, 3 weeks)
2000 – “Incomplete” by Sisqo (his first, 2 weeks)