Timmy Thomas

Genres: R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": soul funk 70s rnb smooth jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

13 November 1944, Evansville, Indiana, USA. An accomplished singer-songwriter and keyboard player, Thomas first attracted attention for his work as an accompanist with jazz musicians Donald Byrd and Cannonball Adderley. He then embarked on a spell as a session musician, most notably with the Memphis-based Goldwax label, before his solo career blossomed in 1972 with ‘Why Can’t We Live Together?’ (US number 3/UK Top 20). His simple, Booker T. Jones -like organ style came to the fore as a hypnotic pulse punctuates an understated, but heartfelt plea. This rhythmic song was later tastefully covered by the sophisticated British vocalist, Sade in 1984. Thomas’ immediate releases continued in this vein, but he was unable to repeat that initial success. He nonetheless enjoyed a run of minor R&B hits, culminating in ‘Gotta Give A Little Love’ (Ten Years After)’, a US Top 30 soul entry in 1984.

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