On this day in music history: June 27, 1976 – “Hot On The Tracks”, the fourth album by The Commodores is released. Produced by James Anthony Carmichael and The Commodores, it is recorded at Motown Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA in Early 1976. Building on the momentum of their previous three albums “Machine Gun”, “Caught In The Act” and “Movin’ On” (the latter two both released in 1975), The Commodores return to the studio at the beginning of 1976 to record what becomes their most successful album to date. Though all of the band members contribute to the writing of the album, their fourth release sees Lionel Richie beginning to emerge as a major creative force in the band. Richie writes or co-writes six of the albums nine songs. Upon its release, the album broadens The Commodores rapidly growing fan base, both solidifying their solid R&B following, and setting the stage for the even larger pop crossover success they experience in the coming year and beyond. It spins off the hit singles “Fancy Dancer” (#9 R&B, #39 Pop) and “Just To Be Close To You” (#1 R&B, #7 Pop). “Hot On The Tracks” spends six weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number twelve on the Top 200.
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