Three Times a Lady


About Three Times a Lady

"Three Times a Lady" is a 1978 song by Lionel Richie written for American soul group the Commodores for their album Natural High. It was produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores. It was also the only Motown song to reach the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 that year. It was the Commodores' first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for two weeks on August 12, 1978 and it also went to number one on the soul chart for two weeks. The song spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart. The song also reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart for four weeks, and was one of only a few Motown singles to reach the top spot in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for five weeks. The song was also successful in Ireland, staying at #1 in the charts for three consecutive weeks. It was #1 in Australia for five weeks, and reached #2 in New Zealand. 


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Thanks for the times that you've given me
The memories are all in mind
And now that we've come
To the end of our rainbow
There's something I must say out loud

You're once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
Yes, you're once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you

When we are together
The moments I cherish
With every beat of my heart
To touch you, to hold you
To feel you, to need you
There's nothing to keep us apart
You're once, twice
Three times a lady
And I love you
I love you

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The Commodores is an American funk/soul band of the 1970s and 1980s. The members of the group met as mostly freshmen at Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1968, and signed with Motown in November 1972, having first caught the public eye opening for The Jackson 5 while on tour. more »

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10 facts about this song

"Three Times a Lady" was written by Lionel Richie. He had joined the Commodores as a saxophonist and singer in 1968, but quickly demonstrated his skill as a songwriter, adding a unique dimension to the band.
The song was inspired by a comment made by Lionel Richie's father on the 37th anniversary of his parents' marriage. His father expressed his love for his mother by saying that she was once a girl, then a woman, and after all these years, still his dear lovely lady - which Richie interpreted as "Three Times a Lady".
Record Producer
"Three Times a Lady" was produced by James Anthony Carmichael, a prominent music arranger and producer who played a significant role in shaping the sound of Motown Records in the 1970s.
Commercial Success
The song was a commercial success and became the first #1 hit of the Commodores in the United States. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in August 1978.
Global Popularity
It wasn't just popular in the U.S., the song reached the top of the charts in other countries too. It was a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top spot in Canada as well.
Album Inclusion
"Three Times a Lady" was included in the Commodores' album "Natural High," released in 1978. The album itself peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart.
Music Genre
The song is best categorized as a slow, romantic ballad and is often termed as ‘Soul’ or ‘Soft Rock’ music.
"Three Times a Lady" was recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) as one of the most performed songs in the United States in 1979.
Grammy Nomination
The song was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979 for the Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category.
Lionel Richie's Solo Career Launch
The song's success also played a crucial role in Richie's decision to pursue a solo career in 1982, becoming one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.

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