Lady (You Bring Me Up) – Commodores | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: R&B (#5) & Pop (#8); 1981

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

In the beginning, the Commodores laid down some of the finest horn-fueled funk East of the Mississippi. After several years on the road and a few failed records to their credit, the Alabama band erupted onto the chart in 1974 with the blistering Machine Gun. Although their first six albums contained plenty of solid funk, it was the slow ‘n easy tracks that brought singles chart success. 1976’s Sweet Love was the first, followed by Just To Be Close To You and Easy. Even the hardcore hit Brick House didn’t divert the band from its ballad ways. The 1978 crossover smash Three Times A Lady cemented the Commodores’ legacy as a pop/adult contemporary group. In 1981, the gang proved they still had some groove left when they released Lady (You Bring Me Up); a momentary return to its R&B roots. While Lady was in the Top 10, the #1 record was the über-ballad Endless Love by Diana Ross and Commodores’ vocalist Lionel Richie.

This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2024 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.

Produced by:

  • James Anthony Carmichael
  • Commodores

Lyrics Written by:

  • Harold Hudson
  • William King
  • Shirley Hanna-King