The Commodores Sue More Member
The Commodores

The Commodores

The Commodores Sue More Member

by Paul Cashmere on August 24, 2014

in News

It’s a ploy that has been used for ages by former band members. Perform under the name of their former group and add their name so there is no confusion. Except, for the general public, there usually is.

That’s what former Commodores member Thomas McClary has been doing as he performs under the name “The Commodores Featuring Thomas McClary” and the original group is not happy. They have filed a suit alleging false advertising and trademark infringement for using the Commodores name.

McClary and Lionel Richie formed the band The Mystics while they both attended Tuskegee University in Alabama. The group merged with another, The Jays, to form the Commodores in the late 60’s and the band signed with Motown in 1972. While with the group, he was a co-writer on such hits as Brickhouse, Too Hot Ta Trot and Slippery When Wet.

In 1984, McClary left the group but stayed with Motown for a solo album. Two years later, he moved to Florida, formed a gospel record and became active in his church as music director.

Earlier this year, McClary formed his own version of the Commodores but it didn’t go unnoticed by his former band. Their lawsuit seeks monetary damages and an injunction to stop McClary from using the band’s name.

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