The Commodores : Brick House
For all the easy listening contributions Lionel Richie made to The Commodores, that band's signature tune "Brick House" emerged from a jam started by bass player Ronald LaPread and sung by drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange. On the week ending August 27, 1977 "Brick House" entered the U.S. Billboard charts at #72. The song would peak at #5 in November.
So what kind of a lady is a Brick House? Trumpet player William King , whose wife wrote the lyrics after he brought tapes of the jam home, says "Oh, it's about any girl. A girl that's strong. The whole idea was a brick house is any guy's imagination of his girl. Some guys like them tall, some guys like them short. Some guys like a little meat on the body, others like them slim. Some like them top-heavy, some like legs. It's all about what he perceives to be the girl of his dreams. That's what a brick house is."