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Thomas McClary  is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the co-founder and lead guitarist of The Commodores.

Born October 6, 1949 in Eustis, Florida, McClary became one of the first African-American students to integrate the Florida school system prior to the enforcement of Brown v. Board of Education. He began playing music at a very early age, starting with the ukelele and then adding the acoustic guitar and later the electric guitar to his repertoire. After graduation, McClary went to college at Tuskegee University in Alabama where he majored in business.

Originally posted @ http://thomasmcclary.com/about/