On this day in music history: June 22, 1981 - “In The Pocket”, the ninth studio album by the Commodores is released. Produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores, it is recorded at Web IV Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA and A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from Late 1980 - Mid 1981. By late 1980, and after nearly fourteen years together, the writing is on the wall that Lionel Richie is about leave The Commodores for a solo career. With major pop crossover ballads like “Three Times A Lady” and “Still” becoming huge successes for the band, it is a double edged sword for the rest of the Commodores. The other band members feel that those stray far from their R&B and funk roots, along with Lionel becoming the sole focus of public attention also creating tension. Richie’s decision to leave the band is sealed when he scores a major hit outside the band after he writes and produces the chart topping single “Lady” for country music superstar Kenny Rogers. The song had originally been intended for the Commodores, but is rejected by the other members, not wanting to do “another ballad”. The band begin work on their final album with Richie in Fall of 1980, recording mostly in Atlanta, recording overdubs and mixing the record in Los Angeles. It spins off three singles including “Lady (You Bring Me Up)” (#5 R&B, #8 Pop), “Oh No” (#5 R&B, #4 Pop), and “Why You Wanna Try Me?” (#42 R&B, #66 Pop). “In The Pocket” peaks at number four on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirteen on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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