The Commodores 1975 Instrumental Named After An Island In The Philippines

For the people of the Philippines reeling from the devastation of typhoon Haiyan (2000 estimated dead, 600,000 homeless, two million in desperate need of clean water), here is the Commodores song named after the Philippine island (and city) Cebu.

In the mid-70s the Commodores fame spread far from their Alabama homeland and made them superstars in unexpected places like Nigeria (where for a time their Machine Gun LP was the biggest selling foreign release ever) and the Philippines.

Their Filipino fans were so memorable for the band that guitarist Thomas McClary wrote this classic instrumental and named it Cebu. Both funky and slightly menacing, it’s just another example of the diversity of a band who were equally adept at hard R&B as they were with soul, pop and country.

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  1. Val Tomol says:

    The Commodores was a big hit in the Philippines even before we know Earth Wind & Fire exists (which I think they get their sound from The Commodores) along with other bands as The Stylistics, The O’Jays, Heatwave and other Afro-American bands during this time.. Not to say that most Filipinos are a big fan of Nat King Cole,and the Platters during their heyday.

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