Friday, March 16, 2007

Who knew Evansville was such a hotbed of musical talent back in the day? As young Hoosier lads Timmy Thomas and the Pyle Brothers probably swam in the same limestone quarries. On second thought they probably didn't, considering race relations in southern Indiana in the 1950s and 60s. But Thomas would find a more tolerant atmosphere at Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied jazz under Donald Byrd and Woody Herman. He also did a little modeling to pay for books:

That's Timmy in what appears to be the Shillito's Department Store catalog circa 1971. After graduating he built a solid reputation as an organ player and accompanist for Byrd and Cannonball Adderley. Then in 1972 he struck gold with his debut lp Why Can't We Live Together? on the Glades label in Miami. The 1975 follow-up You're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing was much less successful but contained all the Timmy Thomas Trademarks, including expressive organ, sparse production, and a charmingly simple drum machine.

You're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing

I've Got To See You Tonight (featuring Little Beaver on guitar)

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