Billboard and other media sources are reporting that original Commodores member Milan Williams is dead at the age of 58. The cause of death has been reported as cancer.

Born March 28, 1948 in Mississippi, keyboardist Williams penned Machine Gun for the group, their first Top 10 hit. Williams also had a co-writing credit with the rest of the band on 1977’s anthemic Brick House.

Spinning In The CD Player Today
The Commodores’ major label debut titled Machine Gun from a song by founding member Milan Williams. Give it a listen yourself.