Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by Mike McKay
August 13, 2014: The 101 # 1 song of the Day comes from a band that got its start with a guy and his saxophone – trouble was, the guy didn’t actually know how to play the saxophone.
The 101 # 1 song of the Day comes from a band that got its start with a guy and his saxophone – trouble was, the guy didn’t actually know how to play the saxophone. Thomas McClary was a freshman at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama when he decided that a good way to meet girls was to form a band. That’s when he ran into the guy with the saxophone who never really learned how to play it. But he was game and they formed a band called the Mystics. Later they were approached by another group – the Jays who suggested they merge. When deciding to pick a new name they threw a dictionary up in the air and let it fall open. They agreed to use the word randomly pointed to as their new name and that’s how they almost became the Commodes. But by August 13, 1978 they were riding high with a number one hit – it’s the Commodores with “Three Times A Lady”
BTW – Lionel Richie was the guy with the saxophone.