Thomas McClary of the Commodores
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About Thomas McClary of the Commodores
As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, this Motown icon made his mark not just on the music industry — but society at large. McClary was part of a new musical group that was both authentic and groundbreaking and created a sound that the world had never heard before – one that was real, raw, and unbelievable. This was a sound that captured America and resonated around the world. The group is credited with seven number one songs; a host of top ten Billboard hits and their vast catalog includes more than 50 albums with more than 120 million units sold.
McClary played an intricate role in creating the essences of the Commodores sound with his funky, rock flavored, smooth intimate guitar licks and his collaboration with Lionel Richie. Together they wrote over two thirds of all the songs recorded by The Commodores. Lionel once referred to the Richie / McClary writing team as “the Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Commodores”. A little wishful thinking, but it certainly challenged the group to set the bar high. In fact, McClary would often remind the guys “remember, we are the Black Beatles”. What seemed at the time to be just a mere slogan later became reality.
After taking some time from touring and recording to spend with his family, and to fulfill philanthropic goals to volunteer and support worthy non-profit organizations such as Shepherd’s Hope and Celebs 4 Kids- he’s back. The man who started the band that started it all, with unparalleled high energy you won’t forget– introducing his cutting edge band: Thomas McClary’s Commodores which has sold out audiences everywhere creating a ground swell of excitement that’s just contagious.