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Lenny Williams

Although Lenny Williams has had a long solo career, he is still best-known for his three years as the lead singer of Tower of Power, one of the top funk/soul bands of the '70s. But Williams was pursuing a solo career before joining Tower of Power, and he resumed his solo career after leaving that famous Oakland outfit in 1975. Born in Little Rock, AR, on February 6, 1945, Williams was only a child when he started singing in church (the place where so many great R&B singers got their start). Williams, who moved to Oakland, CA, when he was 14, planned to become a Christian minister but ended up changing his mind and decided to pursue a career as a secular R&B singer. In 1969, Williams signed with Fantasy and recorded his first single, "Lisa's Gone," a soul ballad that was far from a big hit, but did receive some airplay in the Bay Area. After providing a second single for Fantasy, Williams was signed to Atlantic by Jerry Wexler and recorded a version of the Thom Bell/Linda Creed gem "People Make the World Go Round." Williams' version might have been a hit -- had it not been for the Stylistics, that is. Unfortunately for Williams, the Stylistics' famous version of "People Make the World Go Round" came out as a single and soared to the top of the charts before Atlantic had a chance to release Williams' version. (Michael Jackson also recorded the tune in the early '70s, although not with the same set of lyrics that the Stylistics embraced). But that setback was hardly the end of Williams' career; in 1972, he was hired as the new lead singer of Tower of Power. Because the band's previous lead singer, Rick Stevens (best-known for his soaring performance on the hit ballad "You're Still a Young Man") had recently been convicted of murder, a replacement was needed, and Williams was definitely the man for the job.

Williams' three years with Tower of Power established him as a big name in soul and funk and he became famous for his lead vocals on major hits like "What Is Hip?," "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of a Stream)," "This Time It's Real," and the ballad "So Very Hard to Go." But while Tower of Power was a big break for Williams, he only stuck around for three years; in 1975, the Bay Area resident left the band and became a full-time solo artist. His first few solo albums (recorded for Motown) didn't do much, but his solo career took off in a big way when he recorded Choosing You for ABC. That 1977 release (which contains the major hit "Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!") almost went gold in the U.S. (meaning that it sold close to 500,000 units). Williams next solo effort, Spark of Love (also on ABC), became his first gold solo album and boasted the hit ballad "Cause I Love You." After providing a few albums for MCA, Williams recorded for the independent Rocshire label in 1983 and 1984; when that company folded, he was deprived of a 50,000 dollar advance he said he was owed. Disgusted with music industry, Williams considered giving up singing and devoted a lot of his time to real estate investments. But in 1986, Williams ended up signing with Knobhill, a short-lived indie that was distributed by Fantasy. Williams' 1986 LP, New Episode, wasn't a blockbuster, although the single "Ten Ways of Loving You" became a minor hit and reached number 67 on Billboard's R&B singles chart. But while Williams wasn't as big in the '80s and '90s as he was in the '70s, he still had a loyal following. In 1994, he recorded Chill for Bellmark; Williams' next album, Love Therapy, came out on Volt/Fantasy in 2000. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Still In The Game

1. Still

2. This Is For The One That Got Away

3. Where Did Our Love Go

4. Happy Man

5. Stepping And Dancing

6. Sunshine

7. In My Mind

8. Grown Man

9. On This Day

10. Make Love

11. Good Girl

12. I'm Sorry I Didn't Know It Was Your Mama

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Track List: Ultimate Collection

1. Love Hurt Me, Love Healed Me

2. 'Cause I Love You

3. So Very Hard To Go

7. Since I Met You

8. Doing The Loop De Loop

9. Problem Solver

10. I've Been Away From Love Too Long

11. Let's Talk It Over

12. Midnight Girl

13. Look Up With Your Mind

14. You Got Me Running

15. Choosing You

16. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!

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Track List: Cause I Love You: The Best Of Lenny Williams

2. We're Gonna See It Through

3. Since I Met You

4. Choosing You

6. Look Up With Your Mind

7. I've Been Away From Love Too Long

8. Problem Solver

9. You Got Me Running

10. Midnight Girl

11. Cause I Love You

12. Doing The Loop De Loop

13. Love Hurt Me, Love Healed Me

14. Let's Talk It Over

15. Suspicions

16. Ooh Child

17. Messing With My Mind

18. Freefall (Into Love)

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Track List: Spark Of Love

1. Cause I Love You

2. Changes

3. Half Past Love

4. I Still Reach Out

5. Love Came And Rescued Me

6. Midnight Girl

7. Think What We Have

8. You Got Me Running

9. Freefall (Into Love)

10. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!

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Track List: Choosing You

1. Shoo Doo Fu Fu Ooh!

2. Look Up With Your Mind

3. Choosing You

6. I've Been Away From Love Too Long

7. Trust In Me

8. Problem Solver

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Track List: Hooked On You (Single)

1. Hooked On You

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Track List: Lost In Love (Single)

1. Lost In Love

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Track List: Still (Single)

1. Still

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This is a TRUE love song. They don't sing songs like this anymore. Poor Young and the Restless. They don't know real music
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EVERYBODY WHO IZ ALIVE LOVE THIS SONG....
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I love me some Lenny
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Lenny Williams did that!!!! Timeless
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I love this song, I accidentally pushed the thumbs down button, but I mean't to push the thumb
Up button. How do correct that mistake....? ? ? ?
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OH MAN!! THEY DON'T SOUND LIKE THIS ANY MORE!! GREAT SONG & VOICE.
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MAN OH Man this is the one he poured his everything in to this song true love song
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Can't, nobody but you. (?)
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Cause I Love You...thanks for the love, but I Love Myself!!! lol
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Love don't live here anymore..... too many mind games..
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TP and Lenny should have a reuniting That would be crazy good!
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rmoore0415
Songs like this make me smile
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I saw Mr. Lenny Williams two years ago in Chicago he still preformed good 2013 c.d. unfinished business I love it... And love him so much for his signature song cause I love you) and many more.. Smile...
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Classic to the UtMost
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mscitygirl40
Love making music
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Okay now Lenny
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All old school singers stop to Testify!!!!! Lol
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Love this song! One of my old time favorites. Thumbs up ☝...
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My dad loved this song!! I miss him soo..
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Lenny Williams
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richardtate0 1
Heeeeyyyyy yes sirrrrrrr!, beg for me too
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My great nephew loves thid song snd he's only 21.
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This song will never die, it's one of the best.
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Girl you know.. I.. I.. I.. love you...classi c soul. No one can beg like Lenny Williams, cause i love you!
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Old School music
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This is the jam! Man!!
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Watched televisiob until television goes off. Lmbo that bad
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Baby!baby!mm m m m m m ! j u s t hold me!!!!!!����
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You can have my baby anytime (smile)
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Great music
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Unfortunatel y we will never hear music like this.... This touches me to my soul. A masterpiece.
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gilhaywood59
if u wanted some loving just put this. song on lol
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I wish today's music was still like this!
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This is so ugly
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He didn't have any shame begging must've been good Lmao
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l love this jam
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This is a players jam from way back
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I be singing loud like he & I can't sing
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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Classic
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The good days
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�� i told my friends maybe you never been in love like I been in love!!! -.- *kisses*
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Lenny i enjoyed the performance in Columbus ms u still got it baby make your way back to the friendly city
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|3 *-* <33333 B-) ;p :v love it !!!!!
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I used ta sip slow and play the s**t out this song wit tears running down my face reminiscing on loss love ya heard me
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Makes me cry
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Me and my husband love this song with candles and bubbles
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Love is in the air yadig it!
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