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Brick House

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Urban Funk
Shirley Hanna-King


In 1977, the Commodores were in the studio recording when there was a problem with the equipment. While the tapes were being repaired and replaced, the group took a break. Ronald LaPread, the Commodores' bass player, began jamming. Bit by bit the group joined in until they came up with the now famous track and bass line. Upon returning, James Carmichael, the Commodores producer heard and recognized that this could be a song worth recording. He asked everyone to see if they could use the riff to come up with a song. That night while he slept, William King's wife, Shirley Hanna-King, wrote. The following day, William played "Brick House" for the Commodores, allowing them to think he had written it. They loved it and decided that drummer, Walter "Clyde" Orange had the funky voice to sing lead vocals. "Brick House" went on the new album and sold millions of copies around the world. It was a few years before the Commodores discovered that it was actually Shirley Hanna-King who had written and coined the term "Brick House". Although not originally credited, the Commodores have publicly acknowledged Shirley Hanna-King as writer.[


She's a brick----house
Mighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang out
She's a brick----house
The lady's stacked and that's a fact,
ain't holding nothing back.

She's a brick----house
She's the one, the only one,
who's built like a amazon
We're together everybody knows,
and here's how the story goes.

1. She knows she got everything
a woman needs to get a man, yeah.
How can she use, the things she use
36-24-36, what a winning hand!


2. The clothes she wears, the sexy ways,
make an old man wish for younger days
She knows she's built and knows how to please
Sure enough to knock a man to his knees


Shake it down, shake it down now (repeat)