Commodores are a highly successful soul and funk inspired group from Tuskegee, Alabama, USA that formed in 1968. They achieved mainstream popularity in the 70s, and their soulful hits such as "Easy" and "Nightshift" have had strong airplay for decades. They met as freshmen at Tuskegee Institute and signed to Motown having first caught the public eye supporting The Jackson Five on tour. Original Band Personnel * Lionel Richie (vocals, saxophone, piano) - born on 20 June 1949, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Read more on Last.fm.