1. Brick House

From the recording Brick House

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.[


Chorus:She's a brick----houseMighty mighty, just lettin' it all hang outShe's a brick----houseThe lady's stacked and that's a fact, ain't holding nothing back. She's a brick----houseShe's the one, the only one, who's built like a amazon We're together everybody knows, and here's how the story goes. Verse:1. She knows she got everythinga woman needs to get a man, yeah. How can she use, the things she use36-24-36, what a winning hand! (Chorus)Verse:2. The clothes she wears, the sexy ways, make an old man wish for younger daysShe knows she's built and knows how to pleaseSure enough to knock a man to his knees(Chorus)Bridge:Shake it down, shake it down now (repeat)