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Timmy Thomas and the Overtown Soul Review
Lightning Has Struck Twice.
Soul legend Timmy Thomas, who serenaded the world in 1973 with his million-selling smash “Why Can’t We Live Together,” has conquered the world again. Thanks to Drake’s beyond obvious sample of “Why Can’t We Live Together” in his monster worldwide hit “Hotline Bling,” the world is dancing yet again to Timmy Thomas’ groove.
In 2016 Timmy Thomas will release a string of singles on Overtown Records and one on Saustex Media, prior to his comeback album. His collaborators range from the late Steve Jobs to Timmy’s old hitmaking crew at TK records. They were recorded in the manner soul music deserves: living and breathing on analog tape – so it may be released on vinyl. He famously sang “People Are Changing” on his first LP. The people may have changed, but their love of his soulful groove remains the same.
Back in 1973, while running a nightclub by night and working at a university by day, Timmy turned his reaction to Walter Cronkite’s Vietnam body count into a soulful plea for tolerance. “Why Can’t We Live Together” took his one- man soul band to 38 countries. He was the first American recording artist to play apartheid-controlled South Africa. Timmy and his message made such an impact that he came back twice: to headline South Africa’s first non racial concert and 20 years later at Nelson Mandela’s presidential inauguration.
In August 2015, he signed with Miami soul label Overtown Records. Two days later he found out Drake had sampled “Why Can’t We Live Together” and was climbing the charts both in the US and around the globe. The sudden recognition and following media frenzy relaunched Timmy Thomas before he had a chance to record one new note with his still-powerful voice. NPR profiled him and testified to his classic hit’s staying power and relevance in 2015: “Timmy’s song resonates now more than ever-ever…”
“Why Can’t We Live Together,” recorded entirely by Thomas, an unexpected top-five chart-crasher back in 1973 — sampled by Drake for his current Billboard smash “Hotline Bling.”
“Timmy’s song resonates now more than ever-ever” – NPR
“… it [Why Can’t We Live Together]took over the world” – Miami New Times
“His original song helped to bring down Apartheid, and we now hope that we can bring peace to the world.” – Stephen Tucker soultracks.com