The ‘Tickets @ Two’ song today is “Nightshift” by the [lastfm]Commodores[/lastfm], which is their only hit since [lastfm]Lionel Richie[/lastfm] left the band in 1982.
The vocals were shared by Clyde Orange, an original member who also wrote the song, and J.D. Nicholas, a former backup singer for Diana Ross, who was brought into the group to replace Richie.
What’s it all about? It’s a tribute to singers [lastfm]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Jackie Wilson[/lastfm], who both died in 1984. Marvin was a Motown star known for such hits as “Let’s Get It On” and “Sexual Healing.” Wilson was an R&B singer known for his stirring performances like “Lonely Teardrops.” Wilson was 49 when he died, Gaye was 44. Both are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Even though “Nightshift” won the 1985 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, the [lastfm]Commodores[/lastfm] were never able to follow it up with another hit.
That’s the scoop on the “Nightshift,” now you know. By the way, when you hear it play between in the two o’clock hour caller 14 wins Circus Vargas tickets!