Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Timmy Thomas: Why Can't We Live Together

Today’s one hit wonder comes from the first part of 1973 and was the only song by Timmy Thomas to chart in the top 40. It was a number 1 record on the R&B chart and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100. The single sold over 2 million copies.

The song is as sparse as it gets and contains only a rudimentary rhythm machine, a Hammond organ, and Thomas’ vocals. While the song was only recorded as a demo, producer Steve Alaimo believed it was complete and it was released on TK Records’ Glades label. The song was rereleased in Britain in 1979 where it became a Northern Soul hit record.

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