The guitarist came up with Lionel Richie and was actually in his band before it became The Commodores. He helped Michael Jackson with songwriting in 1984, and in a piece in the September 2001 issue of Vibe, seemed to act as Andre's musical guru, putting him onto music like "hissing, frenetic Gnawa trance music from Marrakech." Saood passed away in 2010. 

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