On August 19, 1978, the Commodores began a five week stay at the top of the UK singles chart with Three Times A Lady. The song had already hit #1 on the Billboard charts and heralded a new era for Lionel Richie as a pop songwriter.
“I attended the wedding anniversary of my parents and my father made a speech about how much he loved my mother and appreciated the way she had stood beside him for 37 years,” he told Blues & Soul magazine’s John Abbey in 1979. “It was beautiful and I started to think about my own life and how my wife stands by me, how she does so many things without being asked or thanked.
“So, I wrote Three Times A Lady as a dedication to my wife and my mother. I think my next door neighbor summed it up when she said that if a man wanted to buy her a present, all he need do is buy her that record and he wouldn’t have to say anything else.”