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Timmy Thomas

Monday, July 20th, 2009

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Listen: Why Can’t We Live Together / Timmy Thomas TimmyThomasWhyCant.mp3

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Listen: Stone To The Bone / Timmy Thomas TimmyThomasStone.mp3

‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ may have the world’s longest intro… that became a hit that is. Vocal starts at 1:37. Proves it’s either the real thing or it isn’t – and this one just is. Massive Attack did a nice cover, basically staying close to the original. Despite being deemed a one hit wonder, his many followup singles lay down a great groove, even as they morphed into a more disco style. ‘Stone To The Bone’ proves ‘Why Can’t We Live Together’ was so good, a re-write of it worked just fine, getting a lot of RnB play and charting at #74.

Little Beaver

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009


Listen: Party Down (Part 1)/ Little Beaver

Anything that lifted that ‘Why Can’t We Just Live Together’ groove sold me first listen. Seems TK and their subsidiaries patented it – and recycled the pattern with continual results (Gwen McCrae, George McCrae). I decided around ’75 that I loved playing records so much that a dj slot in an after work singles bar would be just fine, even if it was required the music be dance/disco/Top 40. Other than ‘Party Down’ and ‘Lady Marmalade’, I had no clue what to play. And everything I did play was met with an empty floor. It was like getting a job now on a mainstream Top 40 station like New York’s Z100 (yes they still are limping along grasping for air) and trying to figure out what that lowest form of life listener would want to hear. No thank you.

The sleaze of Little Beaver, right down to his name, has nicely lived on.