Commodores

Easy

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The Commodores' Lionel Richie was taken aback by the initial resistance of pop radio to "Just to Be Close to You." He decided to write a song that would be a hit on the R&B, pop, adult contemporary, and country charts. At first, it might seem odd that a band who first had hits with burning funk sides such as "Machine Gun," "I Feel Sanctified," and "Slippery When Wet" would record a country-ish ballad like "Easy." Then again, the band did hail from Tuskegee, AL. Co-produced by arranger James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores, "Easy" went to number one R&B and number four pop in the summer of 1977. The Commodores LP held the R&B top spot for eight weeks, going to number three pop, and included the Top Five R&B/pop single "Brick House" and the radio-aired, airy ballad "Zoom." "Easy" did become a country hit through covers done by Barry Kaye, Bobby Hood, Jimmie Rodgers & Michelle, and John Wesley Ryles.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Commodores 1977 Motown 4:16
Greatest Hits 1978 Motown 4:16
No Image 1978 Motown
No Image 1979
Various Artists
RCA / Columbia
All the Great Hits 1982 Motown 4:18
The Commodores Anthology 1983 Motown 4:51
14 Greatest Hits 1983 Motown / Uni 4:48
Anthology [1995] 1983 Motown 4:23
No Image 1983 Motown
All the Great Love Songs 1984 Motown 4:17
The Composer: Great Love Songs with the Commodores and Diana Ross 1985 Motown 4:16
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Pioneer
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Motown
Hitsville USA, Vol. 2: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 1993
Various Artists
Motown 4:24
Heart & Soul, Vol. 3: Heart Full of Soul 1994
Various Artists
Pro 4:10
Motown Love Songs: Motown Milestones 1995
Various Artists
Motown 4:18
The Very Best of the Commodores 1995 Polygram / Motown 4:22
The Ultimate Collection 1997 Motown 4:15
AM Gold: 1977 1997
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:24
Number Ones: Lovin' Feelings 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:20
Cruizin' to Motown, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:11
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of the Commodores 1999 Motown 4:52
Motown Chartbusters, Vols. 7-12 [Box Set] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 4:10
The Universal Masters Collection 1999 Spectrum Music 4:17
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1977 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:12
Number One Motown 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 4:05
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:19
Sunday Love Songs 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 4:05
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:16
Motown Chartbusters, Vol. 10 2001
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:10
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1975-1979 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 4:12
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Motown 1970s, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Motown 4:16
A Year in Your Life: 1977, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 4:50
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:23
Pure Slow Jams 2002
Various Artists
UTV / Universal Distribution 4:51
The Definitive Collection 2003 Motown / Universal Distribution / Universal International 4:14
Motown Greatest Hits 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:13
Jazz Cafe: Soul Mix 2004
Various Artists
Inspired Distribution 4:18
Easy Like Sunday Morning [Sony] 2004
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:18
'70s [Universal 2004] 2004
Various Artists
Universal / USM 4:10
Slow Jams, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
SPG 4:21
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:19
Ambient Lounge, Vol. 7 2005
Various Artists
Globe / Ocean Drive / DA Music / K-Tel 4:08
Dancing in the Streets: Motowns Greatest Hits 2005
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 4:15
Peabo Bryson Presents Classic Soul Ballads 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 0:00
Smooth Summer Soul 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:04
Ultimate Easy Album 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 4:06
Easyacoustic 2005
Various Artists
Easy Records / Union Square Music 2:45
Gold 2006 Hip-O / Motown 4:51
'70s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:52
Colour Collection 2006 Motown 4:17
True Mellow 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal 4:53
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2007 Sound Barrier 4:13
Top of the Pops 1977 2007
Various Artists
EMI 4:19
Greatest Ever Dad: The Definitive Collection 2008
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:09
Gold 2008 Motown 4:51
Motown 50 Fanthology 2008
Various Artists
Universal 4:18
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 4:19
Bang & Olufsen: Jazz/Soul/Pop/Rock/Electronic/Classical 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:09
Bang & Olufsen: Soul 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:09
Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 4:17
Rosa Clará Wedding Music 2008 Universal Distribution 4:13
Love Songs 2009 Motown 4:52
Motown 50 Fanthology 2009
Various Artists
Motown 4:18
The Definitive Collection 2009 Motown 4:16
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:22
The Best Collection 2009 Universal / Universal Music 4:50
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical [Music Inspired By] 2009
Various Artists
Universal International 4:08
Sweet Soul of the '70s: Just to Be Close to You 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:18
Always a Woman 2010
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 4:14
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:11
Pure Love Songs, Vol. 2 2010
Various Artists
4:13
Sweet Soul of the '70s [Time Life] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:18
Latest and Greatest Relaxing Songs 2014
Various Artists
USM Media 4:07
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 4:51
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 4:20
No Image Navarre
Dinner Party
Various Artists
Universal 4:15
I Am Stressed
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 4:16
Motown 50 [Universal Mexico 1]
Various Artists
Universal 4:17
Motown Greatest Hits [2019]
Various Artists
Universal
No Image
Various Artists
No Image
Various Artists
PolyGram