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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, Rovi
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Comments

sassyjazzie2 0 1 3
I love this song sing it Lenny
I love old old school song
Classic hit!
I wish him or someone come his way again. Its time for someone to at least try. I love his music
Love ur songs Lenny :-)
Soulful
carhar8
Just realized that the guy that sings I Love Ya was the lead singer of Tower of Power. Love it all.
cnaylove40
Lenny Lenny
cnaylove40
This is my song
This is my man , just mind!!!!! Ladies! So get over it!!!!!
Ur the man! My Lenny!
Town buzn....
Seen Him In Person A Few Years Ago!! He's Bad! The Men Were Hollering Louder Than The Women! Everybody Loves This Song!
Ooh yes baby it's all n my mind.
I fell ya know where you're coming from
Great song can hear this anytime
Yes Lenny...Let' s Talk It Over! Love this guy!!!
essmartial
I just found me a new favorite artist
So good my love! Lenny ,Lenny !
Uhm...,alway s always always!!!!!! He WILL b my man
bryantpa3
I am Lenny's #1 fan. Love him- especially the Tower of Power years. He still sounds good and still looks good, Saw him 2 years ago and he tore it up! Go on Lenny Williams -do your thing. brother. ;-)
Absolutely one of the "Best" Love songs...<3
This is really that of slow grind on the dance floor type s**t
True song sinnnng baby..music just ain't the same it so much meanin and soul so sad wat the world haa came to....
Damn, Lenny, sing it.
Remember waking up an my grandma was grooving to this song cooking breakfast... . L o u i s i a n a good days!!!
Lenny Lenny Lenny, cause I love you!
407storm
This is my favorite..
I love this song..U go Lenny!!
kushina337
Timeless
Like this song
Ur !! The s**t Lenny my MAN <3333333 eeeeeeeeohhh h o h h h h h h ooooooo!
Dont be a hater people who dont like him! Watch Out !!!
Ooooh! Ur the only one Lenny, Love it!!
<3333333 :))) <(*.*)> @_@
My man ,my man mmmmmm hey,heyyy oh,ohhhh<333 3 3 3 3
Lenny,Lenny! My man there r no words for u just that ur the s**t on the Real baby<333333 ;))))
Hmmm, guess who drinks the healthier coffee OG Gourmet Black Coffee? Get yours now and have a cup of coffee with the stars on Friday night, approx. 11:30PM. Enjoy!

simplymarvel o u s c o f f e e . m y o r g a n o g o l d . c o m
Music was music then. Love this song
fallow me if you love to lip sync to this song *cause I love you*
For the Lover in you. 3m 14y
Bil Scott what a voice.
Shereleece Canada thank you for a pretty dance at concert in lake Charles, Louisiana Lenny williams
This is real music, love it!!!
Not to take away from Heather Headley but I really like this version.....
Ohhh, the memories this song bring me and time stands still!
THIS SONG REMIND OF THE MOVIE FIVE HEARTBEAT WHICH LOVE SO MUCH... NOW THEY KNOWN AS THE MIGHTLY DELLS FROM HARVEY,IL SMILE...
I SAW MR. WILLIAMS LAST SUMMER IN CONCERT HEWAS GREAT CAUSE I LOVE YOU SAVE SOME RELATESHIP. AND LOVE HIS NEW C.D UNFINISHED BUSSINESS SMILE...
Love this song
Lenny bay-b ur the MAN im doing it bay-b with u!!!!!
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