Timothy Wilson – 1978 – Timothy Wilson …and more
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Howard Harrison “Timothy” Wilson born on 17th November 1943 in Salsbury Maryland. So much fuss around this name? Of course!. There is a reason for the best voices packed as exquisite aromas in small bottles (as the saying says) that are a rare gift to soul history. Back to classic modern soul basics. Rumor says that Pittsburgh has got something to do with this story, but it’s always nice to have a mist of unanswered facts down record memory lane. I always had this featured album by my ears during the re-issue on Expansion Records back in 2002. It’s just that I never tried to dig in the info. Weird but true. As Niko’s made me fall again for Timothy and reviewing him, I can’t seem to find any valuable extra juicy bio hints by his name on the internet. That’s how special he is. Although a huge pile of appreciated musical value stands strong and true aside him! You will understand the concept when we present his work before his first and only full issue LP fortunately for us on the respectful label H&L records (yes, I’m talking about Hugo Perreti and Luigi Creatore signing the Styilstics in the 1970s turning Avco into H&L records which now is parent label Amherst).
A1 Sugarland Express 6:59
A2 It’s Love Baby 3:53
A3 Keep It Up Don’t Let It Go Down 4:59
A4 Gotta Fall In Love Again 3:42
B1 (Wear Your) Red Dress (Tight) 5:59
B2 Follow Me 3:30
B3 Who Babe 3:20
B4 We Just Can’t Help It 3:22
Bonus hidden singles of his career
Lets say that things started to rock when Pittsburgh’s disc jockey producer “The Daddio of the Raddio”, Porky Chedwick (aged now 94), the first white Dj who played black artist’s records for “white” teenaged audiences on the East Coast used to make an extreme fuss on tracks by Tiny Tim and the Hit’s and The Serenades. In 67-68’ you could fall upon “Baby, Baby Please” or “How I wish she were mine”. But until then Mr.Wilson’s single’s didn’t get much attention as they should have in the background. All that changes later on. Here is a bit of a huge history tip. I was surprised to see the “Bold and Beautiful” of things, projects that came before the one and only album Timoth Wilson made during 78’.
Join the dots together and make yourself a soulful picture, in every project Timothy Wilson has his name on participation. There are so many of them and then suddenly “Boom” an album. If I could interview him right now, my big Q would be why did he stop his career at such a sweet peak point!(?) At the age of 12 or even 13 he started joining these groups and the beat goes on.
Five Hits & a Miss (Norma Lee Trader, Timothy Wilson, Lionel Brown, Orlesto Smith, Thomas Price, William Collier): when Norma Lee Trader drops out the group to start a family, the group changes name.
Tiny Tim & The Hits (Timothy Wilson, Lionel Brown, Orlesto Smith, Thomas Price, William Collier) After this 45’ the group splits and becomes The Diplomats and Timothy goes solo.
- Roulette 4123: Wedding Bells/Doll Baby (1958)
The Serenades ( Timothy Wilson, Sidney Barnes, George Kerr, Howard Curry) Motown at last aside Barnes and Kerr.
- Riverside 4549: Adios My Love/Two Lovers make one fool (1963)
- Motown 1046: If your heart says yes/I’ll cry tomorrow (1963) Wilson lead vocals
- V.I.P 25002: If your heart says yes/I’ll cry Tomorrow (1964) Kerr lead vocals
- Veep 1213: Hey Girl Do You Love Me/ Come on Home (1965)
- United Artists 861: Hey Girl, Do You Love me!/Come on Home (1965)
- Veep 1223: Oh How I Wish She Were Mine/He Will Break Your Heart (1965)
- Festival Acetate: Lovingly Yours/(?) (1965) written by Sydney Barnes and J.J. Jackson
- Unissued at the time this was released in the U.K on a 1995 Goldmine Cd “A treasure chest of northern soul” GSCD75. After this review I just saw it standing on my shelf at home.! Sometimes you’ve got gems lying around and you can’t even see them.
- Buddah19: Baby Baby Please/Got to find a new love (1967)
- Buddah32: Say it again (say I love you)/Pictails (1968) [first stereo release on label]
- Buddah47: Loving You/Pigtails (1968)
- Buddah72: My Queen of Hearts/Just Another Guy (on a string) (1968)
- Blue Rock4087: I wana know right now/love is like an itching in my heart (1969)
- Blue Rock4090: Are you really happy/cross my heart (1969)
- Sky Disc638: These are the things that make me know she’s gone/ta ta (1971) [backed by family circle]
- Sky Disc643: Hiding in your heart/I must love you (1972) [backed by family circle]
- H&L 2006: Sugarland Express / (Wear Your) Red Dress (Tight) (1978 12inch)
Roy Brown / Timothy Wilson
Excelsior 1011 – Boogie At Midnight / Oh How I Wish She Were Mine* – ? *Flip By Timothy Wilson.
The Teenagers (members Timothy Wilson (lead), Herman Santiago (original member of Frankie Lymon’s group), Jimmy Merchant (original member of Frankie Lymon’s group) and Bobby Jay (a former member of The Laddins))
H&L Lp69034 – Timothy Wilson – 1978
Now lets talk about Timothy Wilson love baby. Quite a rare cult item, a majestic soul album. This H & L release contains spinning soul for the crowd and for the eclectic ear. Something more than half an hour [36:32”] of stereophonic soul beating the tenders of love to eternity. The story begins in the honey voice factory with “Sugarland express”. What a fantastic name for a song! It feels like you’re in candy funk land with a pinch of Salsoul style combined with the uptempo beats. Something is on the run here apart from the melody, but that’s how things evolved back in late 70s (lucky for us you couldn’t find this easy in the disco era).I bet you could come across it in a pile of records right now and just go through it for a kicking sample at once. Thing is Timothy rings some bells on teasing his words when singing to my ears. Strictly dancing at this point. Giorge Pettus and George David Weisse both composers on this album uplifted the true concept. You might remember Giorge Pettus as a vocalist that made it to urban contemporary stardom with two essential sets for MCA in the 80s and 90s. “Its love baby” is a classic 70’s soul tune when everything back then was purified and sanitized to the holy beat. The sweet Philly sound is written all over. The vibraphone, the quiet storm ,the rnb, the jazz structures all sum up to it. Well if you did have Lou Rawls on the other side of the bridge it’s too hard to compare the nasal touch of voice chords .Perhaps parts of Thom Bell and Dexter Wansel climb in the atmosphere of the record with the erotic sense coming out of the lyrics. Though you could throw in a touch of a Norman Harris’s feel, straight out of Motown oasis on “(Wear Your) red dress( tonight)”. My favorite off the album is “Follow me”. A quite full and ripe tune with all eclectic elements oozing the sentimental ego together. It could be sung from Earth Wind and Fire or even by The emotions. A saxed up tune just how I like it. That unique Timothy Wilson pitch “crying” on some ending words throughout the song(s) make his style captivating. Quality control passed for vocals, bass lines and soul twines. The stylistics on H&L sure made the evolution of things on the label, you can speak the language clearly on “Who babe”. “We just cant help it” is a true ending to my positive vibe on this rare vinyl reissue. Although it might not be the top of the tops due to rules of music industry for the soul masses its sure comes from the finest grapevine of pure lust and nostalgia from the Philly soul era. To me for a musical career such as Mr. Wilson’s, when things collaborate fine until the big bang you just cant overmake it. Timothy Wilson was not only a beautiful voice he was a chain reaction for things to come, down his path, his way, his participating label(s) and someone in the history of time always has to get the credits for a little misunderstanding the soulful way . A sacrifice that leaves behind a masterpiece for us to enjoy and cherish as with all the other rare findings in here.
Peace,love and cherry ripe moments written all over the two sides. Go for it. You’ll be born on another day.