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Thomas McClary Interview: Commodores Co-Founder Talks Lionel Richie and Famed Group's Beginnings

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Thomas McClary

Thomas McClary co-founded, along with Lionel Richie, the legendary funk and soul band the Commodores in 1968. The Grammy-winning group spent a decade on top of the charts with such hits as “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Slippery When Wet,” and “Sail On.” Born October 6, 1949, in Eustis Florida, McClary was one of the first African-American students to integrate the Florida Public School System prior to the enforcement of Brown vs. Board of Education, and he continued standing up for justice at Tuskegee University, an historically black college located in Tuskegee, Alabama. It was at Tuskegee that he met the other […]