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Double Exposure's Jimmy Williams RIP

Double Exposure's Jimmy Williams RIP cover

Soultracks reporting the sad news of Double Exposure Co-founder and Lead singer Jimmy Williams passing on.

Double Exposure's great Ten Per Cent track certainly touched my days of youth back then in 1976

RIP Jimmy Williams

 

 

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The group formed in 1961 with Leonard "Butch" Davis, Chuck Whittington, Jimmy Williams and Joe Harris. They were originally known as the United Image and released two singles, "Love's Creeping Up on Me" on Stax Records in 1971 and "The African Bump" on Branding Iron Records in 1972.

They were signed to Salsoul Records in 1975 and released their debut album, Ten Percent in 1976. The album featured the title track, which was remixed by Walter Gibbons and reached No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the dance/disco charts. The tracks "Everyman (Has to Carry His Own Weight) and "My Love Is Free" were also popular club songs.

Soultracks article can be viewed here

http://www.soultracks.com/story-jimmy-williams-dies

 




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Very sad news indeed. Jimmy was lead singer longer with The Trammps than he was performing live with Double Exposure. It is he on the 'Hold back the night' with KWS in 1993! Double Exposure featured on a session I did with Bobby Eli in 2008. We released 'Soul Recession' as a result of that session and was pleased to be asked whether it could be also included on the 'Tom Moulton Philly re-grooved 3' double CD. It was of course and it featured adjacent to tracks that influenced me as a teenager in Hull to ultimately make me become a song writer. The best memory of the vocal overdub in the studio was Jimmys mobile phone going off in the middle of a great  take. The ad libs he does are fabulous. They are not written down. He makes the song come alive with soul. It is such a shame no UK promoter brought them over here. They went back to performing because of our session. They thought nobody wanted them anymore until Bobby rang them about coming into the studio top record our co write with Chiquita Green. If you want to see them rehearsing in the studio to 'Soul Recession' before any vocals laid down, go here:-

 

The Grooveyard studio Philly 2008 - Double Exposure/MFSB musicians

Edited by Carl Dixon

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I first heard Ten Percent at the Ritz in Manchester and have always enjoyed his amazing vocals, especially on "Gonna give my love away" and "Pick Me". Even bought the Locker Room album too, which has some great  tracks on it.

RIP Jimmy

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They did not like that locker room photo. Also they hated re-mixes. They gave their hearts and soul to an original song in the studio, to see it then bastardised in some form or other. They were old school. A song is a song - not something cut up and spun around. If OVO is to vinyl, they were OSO - original song only ha ha.

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Incredible outfit one of Philly's finest imho loved there 3 albums and the stuff United Image done on Hit Pack etc ! There strong links with Norman Harris led them to Salsoul! Very big loss indeed ! 

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1 hour ago, Carl Dixon said:

They did not like that locker room photo. Also they hated re-mixes. They gave their hearts and soul to an original song in the studio, to see it then bastardised in some form or other. They were old school. A song is a song - not something cut up and spun around. If OVO is to vinyl, they were OSO - original song only ha ha.

I can understand why, the front cover is okay, but the back cover's a bit tasteless.

Kev

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