The durable Commodores

BEST BETS

February 22, 1996|By J.D. Considine

Everybody knows that Lionel Richie was in the Commodores before making his name as a solo artist. But what people often forget is that there has always been more to the Commodores than Lionel Richie. He played only a minor role in the band's breakthrough hit, "Machine Gun," and stayed in the background for "Brick House" while drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange did the singing. Nor did the band's career screech to a halt when Richie left, as "Nightshift" -- recorded with replacement singer J. D. Nicholas -- not only topped the R&B charts but earned the group a Grammy.

Orange and Nicholas have carried on both the Commodores name and tradition and will headline what is being billed as "one very funky gala" to benefit Advocates for Children and Youth. The Meyerhoff may never be the same.

The concert is Sunday at 7 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $35. Call (410) 547-9200.

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